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Operation FINALLY HOME is ready to build a home for wounded veteran. Will you help?
by Angelique Gammon
In January, local builders will break ground on a very special custom home in the King Oaks subdivision that, when finished, will be the mortgage-free residence of a wounded veteran from the war on terror. Even though the selected veteran won’t be announced until late November, other King Oaks residents are already eager to welcome the veteran to the neighborhood, says Kristi Robinson, marketing director for King Oaks.
“Our other homeowners are very excited,” says Robinson of King Oaks’ decision to partner with Operation Finally Home and local builders in the Bryan/College Station Home Builders Association. “They are glad to be part of the project and really ready to embrace the veteran’s family.”
Texas A&M Presidential Professor Rodney Hill grew up with two artist parents, so he has never thought it was unusual to create something out of nothing. As a child, he would create Christmas decorations for his front yard out of simple materials, and the other children at school would bring him reams of papers to make drawings for them.
From that early start, Hill has become a well-known face around his new neighborhood, the Texas A&M University campus, as a beloved tenured professor of architecture with an incredibly interesting secondary profession – woodcarving.
Ramiro Galindo is not shy about sharing his view that using age as an excuse to not exercise is “bogus.” He also isn’t shy about challenging his friends to follow the exercise pathway to good health.
Galindo will turn 74 on October 5, just before he will compete in the BCS Marathon on December 9,
On July 15, 2010, nine months after deploying to Afghanistan, Army Capt. David Inbody’s life exploded. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that had been set for Inbody’s convoy hit its target.
“A lot of violent groups didn’t like the Americans or Afghan government presence there,” says Inbody. He was riding in a large armored truck when the bomb went off with devastating repercussions. Inbody suffered life-altering injuries including one that lead to the amputation of his right foot below the ankle.
Inbody’s army commanders began trying to reach his wife Tiffany at work, many time zones away at Texas A&M University’s General Services Complex in College Station. Tiffany had stepped out of her office for a meeting, and for the first time since her husband’s deployment, left her cell phone behind.
Inflammation is a part of the body’s natural defense system against injury and disease: the immune system calls up cells to devour or disrupt invaders and the inflammation eventually goes away.
Chronic inflammation is another story – it is actually a disease – when the system has gone into overdrive and instead of protecting our body it starts to kill us,
Four months ago, I walked into a Zumbathon hosted by Piranha Fitness benefitting The Princess Project not having a clue what Zumba was except some kind of exercise. The music was too loud, I learned 42 ways my hips didn’t move, and I signed up on the spot. That kind of sums up Zumba.
Look at your mental picture of a marathon runner: is it a college age sylph with a high pony or a hard body twenty-year-old dude running for the beer after the race? You need to get a new picture. “Most people would be surprised to learn that when the expected 3,000+ runners line up at the start of the Scott& White Healthcare BCS Marathon + Half Marathon, the average runner is a 32-year-old mother with a couple of children who has never done sports competitively,” says race director Chris Field.
With 2,350 runners already registered for the December 9 marathon and half marathon, the single largest demographic by far is women age 30-39. Men comprise 55 percent of the marathon registrants; women are dominating the half marathon at 68 percent. Why does it matter? Because regardless of your age or fitness background, whether you are in the race or cheering runners somewhere along the course, “everybody who goes to a marathon is inspired,” says Field. Inspiration could easily be the BCS Marathon’s theme.
Local women working together to build two Habitat homes will raise the walls this Saturday and they are looking for women volunteers to come help them.
Habitat for Humanity will begin construction on the 6th Circle of Women house on Saturday at 8am in the new Faith subdivision along Martin Luther King Drive between Military and Bradley streets. Volunteer days are Saturdays until December 15 (except Thanksgiving weekend). This is a Women Build House and volunteers are especially needed the afternoon of October 27, but there is room for 4-6 volunteers most other Saturdays. Contact Ryan Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (979) 703-1895 for more information and to sign up.
This Saturday is a special day for two Bryan mothers. Thanks to dozens of local women, Ella Foster and Chelsea Toliver will start building their news homes that day.
B/CS Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce the first ever Aggie Women Build along with the sixth Circle of Women Build. Both home builds kick off this Saturday at 8:00 a.m., when nearly 50 women will raise the walls on two houses in Habitat’s new Faith Subdivision.