Health and Fitness
TOLONO – Days after her granddaughter died after falling from a bunk bed at a slumber party, Judy Thrower said Taitum Nelson will be dearly missed.
"She just was full of sunshine and laughter. She was so spontaneous; she just was a joy to have around," said Thrower, a Tolono resident. "She was just so full of life that, any minute, I expect to see her come dancing in the room."
CHAMPAIGN – Traumatic brain injuries are the "signature wound" of battles in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sen. Dick Durbin said on a visit to a wounded Champaign veteran.
The Illinois Democrat was at the house of Sgt. Garrett Anderson, who spent 18 months struggling to get full benefits for his grievous wounds.
DANVILLE – The Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation HALO Project will host a Back to School Children's Health, Safety and Activity Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St.
The fair will feature more than 60 booths with information and activities related to health and safety issues and ways to stay active for children and adults.
DANVILLE – George and Elizabeth Milner spent their Saturday morning going through a drive-up not once but multiple times.
The Milners weren't grabbing breakfast. The Danville couple volunteered to get mock vaccinations in a mass immunization exercise put on by the Vermilion County Health Department at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds Saturday.
They met at a campus bar called the Wigwam through a most unusual pickup line: How would you like to change the world in Jesus' name?
Sylvia Slivon was intrigued. The year was 1969. Anti-war protests were the norm, and political change was in the air.
The man who popped the question was graduate student John Ronsvalle, a thoughtful campus rabble-rouser who led the fight for student representation on the University of Illinois senate and board of trustees. He was also a Christian dedicated to fighting poverty locally and around the globe.
CHAMPAIGN – Anyone who's ever been sick knows why they call those areas outside the doctors' offices "waiting rooms."
Getting medical care often feels like one long series of waits – for the appointment, for the doctor, for the tests the doctors order, maybe all topped off by a nice long wait at the pharmacy counter.
Wake-up: 7 a.m. Breakfast: 7:15 a.m. And by 8 a.m., Joe Gonzalez is on the job at the Illinois Street Residence Halls, a smiling greeter and hauler of boxes and bags containing everything freshmen think they're going to need to survive their first year away at college.
"A lot of freshmen bring a lot of things," said Gonzalez, a sophomore aerospace engineering major who was among hundreds of orange-shirted I-Guides helping with the University of Illinois freshman move-in Saturday morning.
URBANA – The first big shock back in 2002 for Maureen and Doug Elsbernd of Ogden was finding out their toddler, Nathan, had leukemia.
The next surprise was finding out they could get the specialty medical care Nathan needed right in nearby Urbana.
URBANA – Whether the city should vacate portions of Coler and Busey avenues and Park Street to help make way for a major expansion of Carle Foundation Hospital will be up for debate by the city council on Monday night.
One alderman said he wants to make any city vacation of streets conditional upon Carle getting state approval to build the hospital addition – and a Carle official said Friday he could live with that.
CHAMPAIGN – Watching from her office window near the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District building, Mona Wright is alarmed by the perils to pedestrians she's witnessing.
Young moms push their babies in strollers, their toddlers following behind them, and even people in wheelchairs roll down the street to reach a new public health building, along an interstate frontage road that lacks both bus service and sidewalks.