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Dec 16, 2012

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Kiwanis/IHC link changes Belize healthcare
By Kasey Jackson. When members of the Mecklenburg Kiwanis club wanted to kick off the Kiwanis Pediatric Cancer Fund project, they knew who to turn to: the experts.


Sharing the memories
By Kasey Jackson. I miss Rashale. It pains me to look around my workspace. Photos, notebooks filled with her quotes and information about her, folders stuffed with magazine layouts and countless versions of her amazing journey are sprawled across my desk.


A fighter’s spirit
By Don Jonas, Kiwanis Club of Mecklenburg and executive director of the Presbyterian Hospital Foundation. Through this project, I’ve seen Kiwanians from all walks of life and from clubs across the Carolinas moved by Rashale’s story and eager to join the effort to save children’s lives.

Smiling through the roughest times
By Mark J. Mogul, Kiwanis Club of Mecklenburg and medical director of the Presbyterian Blume Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Clinic. Rashale touched my life in so many ways—her beautiful and ever-present smile, her incredible strength and wonderful...

The most fun day...ever
By Jennifer Wittmer, Kiwanis Club of Mecklenburg. We had such a wonderful day on Sunday, the day before surgery. I picked up Rashale and her mother, Reba, at about 10 a.m., and we all (my husband and two boys) went to the 11 a.m. service at our church, Lakeshore Christian...

She’s come a long way
By Elizabeth Compo, Child Life supervisor at Presbyterian Hospital. When Rashale first walked into the clinic, she was terrified. It was at this point our relationship began. I spent countless hours working with Rashale over the next several weeks, helping her to adjust to her move

A home with hospitality
By Kimberly Melton, executive director of the Hospitality House of Charlotte. Hospitality House of Charlotte (HHoC) was honored to work with Presbyterian Hospital and the Kiwanis Club of Mecklenburg to sponsor Rashale and her family. 

Winning hearts at every turn
Rashale was ready for her first trip to Chick-Fil-A with her friends, the Indian Princesses. The daddies were all gathered with the girls for the lunch trip, and plans were to hit a matinee movie afterward. Rashale was ready for lunch—and to try something new. 

What is osteosarcoma?
Source: Osteosarcoma: A Handbook for Families. Osteosarcoma is a cancerous tumor that develops from bone cells. It frequently starts in the ends of the long bones, such as the bones in the arms and legs. It can be found in other bones as well.

What is rotationplasty?
Source: Amputee Coalition of America In Motion newsletter, March/April 2005. Applied in cases of osteosarcoma and congenital lower-limb differences, rotationplasty involves a partial amputation of the leg above the knee.

The key players
None of Rashale’s journey for a cure would be possible without the help of countless people. The following list is not complete; however, it’s as close as we can get to a rundown of those who have touched—and been touched by—Rashale.

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