Merlinda Chelette wasn’t expected to still be here, much less planning a fundraising party at the Dallas Country Club.
But four years after a stage IV kidney cancer diagnosis, she is serving as co-chair for Rock the Cure for Kidney Cancer, a new event organizers hope will become an annual affair.
“For some reason God has allowed me to live longer than the average kidney cancer patient,” said Chelette, who has had two back surgeries, a kidney removed, and three rounds of high-dose radiation since her diagnosis in August 2012.
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Caring for a loved one and ensuring their remaining time is comfortable and meaningful can be a challenge for the whole family. The T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, which opened Feb. 15, aims to meet that challenge in an innovative and holistic way.
The center is the latest addition to Faith Presbyterian Hospice and Presbyterian Communities and Services, a faith-based, not-for-profit foundation. The care center offers a stand-alone inpatient hospice as an alternative to in-home hospice, nursing facilities, and hospitals. It will also provide transitional care for patients who wish to return home for hospice care.
The 53,388-square-foot center is located on a 9.3-acre campus at Merit Drive and Churchill Way in North Dallas. The park-like setting more resembles a resort than a medical facility. Meandering paved paths lead to meditative gardens, seating areas, and an outdoor amphitheater for lectures, events, and memorial services.
Castle Gap Jewelry owner Maxine Bennett celebrated 97 years Wednesday with a birthday party at her Plaza at Preston Center store.
Maxine was born in 1920 and grew up in Midland. She opened Castle Gap in 1974 with her son Scotty. A few years later, daughter Beverly joined them.
Today the store is the oldest tenant in the Plaza. Maxine still works there six days a week.
A record seven Highland Park High School students were selected to the Texas All-State band, the highest honor band members can achieve.
After rehearsing for three days with nationally recognized conductors, the All-State band performed Feb. 11 at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Convention in San Antonio.
“It’s such a big deal,” said director Reagan Brumley, who has led the HPHS band since 2011. “I’m floored by how the kids have stepped up to that challenge.”
About a half-acre on Haynie Avenue could offer at least a partial solution to parking challenges at Snider Plaza, University Park officials say.
To provide parking for employees of Snider Plaza businesses, the city would replace the vacant apartment buildings on the 22,500-square-foot site with an underground garage.
“That seems to be where parking is going these days in University Park,” City Manager Robbie Corder said.
Highland Park is accustomed to considerable roster turnover. But even by HP standards, this season’s baseball squad will have a lot of new faces.
Such inexperience on the varsity stage will lead to plenty of question marks as the Scots take the field this spring. In fact, head coach Travis Yoder doesn’t recall a roster with so many newcomers during his time with the program. Yet he doesn’t necessarily consider that a bad thing.
“Going into the season last year, we had a lot of questions and we answered those,” Yoder said. “That’s kind of the same situation we’re facing this year.”
Indeed, HP surprised many outsiders when it cruised to a District 10-6A title last year, and pushed eventual state champion Jesuit to three games in a thrilling regional quarterfinal playoff series.