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_ _ ! . I .li __ jjlnnllgljljlllglm.I! imulininmi nJlliNl|ULIIlllllillgi THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SECTION WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009 Dispatches from around the globe This week-- Kenya BY CHERYL SHEA Yesterday morning, I took a supposedly five-hour car trip to Kericho over the roads from hell to meet Emmanuel, my next host. Leaving before 7 a.m. Sunday, without breakfast or warm water to wash my face, I was feeling pretty crummy when we finally arrived in Keri- cho, late due to taking a wrong turn along the way. Emmanuel met us at a gas station, we transferred my lug- gage, and he told me that it was another two and a half hours to his home in Masai Mara. Luckily, he had left two other volunteers at a local ho- tel, so I was able to grab a late lunch and use the restroom be- fore starting out again. Just outside Kericho, Em- manuel's clutch went out. This was good fortune, as it would have been a disaster if this had happened closer to Em- manuel's home, which is quite isolated, or on a safari later in the week. It also happened across the street from the Ex- otic Guest House, so we were able to push the car into its parking lot. Emmanuel called friends who are mechanics in Kericho, and three of them dismantled the underside of the car in about three hours. Me and the other two volunteers checked in for the night. What luxury for $24 per night. A comfy bed, flush toilets, a hot shower (I was beyond ecstatic), running water and a TV (only one chan- nel but hey, who's counting). I have to say that Emmanuel is a gem; from the first time I met him I felt so welcome. He is so genuine and so kind, just downright loveable. In the past few weeks, they have been able to install electricity at Em- manuel's, which was great. They also provide hot water in the morning for the bucket showers. I'm at the hotel typing this e- mail to save and send later. They have computers but no Internet. We are still waiting for the mechanics to come back with parts for the car, and then they must install them. Rather than running down to a local Toyota dealership, they had to drive three hours each way to Nakuru, the fourth largest city in Kenya. See KENYA, Page B3 The monthly handbell class in the Alzheimer's Unit at Providence Mananwood therapist Rebecca Wu. Therapist helps Providence Alzheimer's unit with hand bells BY CHAI~TELLE LUSEBRINK s "Oh! Susanna" floated its way through the speakers and into the room, Marie Da- lessandro's expression softened. "I like this song," she said, smiling and waiting for her cue. Sitting in a half-circle, the women in Providence Marian- wood's Alzheimer's Unit waited their turn, each ringing in as mu- sic therapist Rebecca Wu pointed to them. Together, their sounds created a harmonious melody. "Their attention is amazing," said Diane Bixler, therapeutic recreation and volunteer coordi- nator at Marianwood. "Their re- call is amazing, even though their reflexes may not be that fast." Learn more about music therapy at www.musictherapy.org. Reach local music therapist Rebecca Wu at rebeccawu5@comcast.net. hag, Wu visited the Alzheimer's Unit with her handbells or tone chimes. "We are really lucky to have her here," Bixler said. "When she works with them, I can see it brings back memories. Some may not be able to talk, but they can still sing and they sing their dif- ferent parts." The program helps them use their short-term memory and mo- tor skills, as they have to memo- rize their notes and shake their chimes to make them sound in time, she said. But the best part, she said, is Though it isn't as popular in the that they know they are making Pacific Northwest as it is in other real music." areas of the country, music ther- Wu startad at Marianwood by happenstance, Bixler said. Nearly a year ago, Wu came to Marian-. wood to substitute for another music therapist, Who'd gone on maternity leave. While substitut- apy is now an integral part of life at Marianwood, Bixler said. Wu comes one time each month and See THERAPY, Page B3 "In a group, they can help each other create music. But they also come togeth- er and talk and remember. Those are all good things? - Rebecca Wu Mus~ ~ BY GREG FARRAR Virl Luck, a Providence Marianwood resident, thanks hand- bell leader and music therapist Rebecca Wu with applause after the residents performed a medley of Stephen Foster songs. BY GREG FARRAE performs the Stephen Foster song, 'Oh] Susanna: under the dire ion of music Rebecca Wu gives a handbell to one of the at a recent half-hour class. BY GREG FARRAR Providence Madanwood residents BY CHAI~TELLE IJUSEBRINK Liberty High School students are hoping you'll support their ad- diction to books. The school's National Honor So- ciety students will raise money and pledges during the next month for their school walkathon May 22. "It's a way of helping our school and to start something for the Honor Society that will leave a legacy," said Ashley Turnidge, honor society president. "Last year, the honor society re- convened here at Liberty," said Dana Greenberg, honor society advisor and activity coordinator for the school. "They wanted to provide a service to the commu- nity, but also an academic service. So, they started the global section of the library and their walkathon." Proceeds from the event will purchase new books for the school library's fiction and nonfic- tion international section, and support improving student-life programs at the F.R. Agnel Multi- purpose School and Junior College in Mumbai, India. "In the U.S., we have a lot of immigrants from different nations and a lot of them don't speak Eng- lish, Turnidge said. "But if we have the resources in different languages, they'll be able to use them." It is also a way to help native English speakers immerse them- selves in a language they are learning or learn more about dif- ferent cultures around the world, she added. It's been working, Greenberg said. "It is expanding the horizons of all the kids," she said. "It is so cool to know that a child has checked out 'Harry Potter' here in Russian to try to read it, because they are learning the language." The proceeds thatgo to the school in India will provide, stu- dents with resources and help set up a cultural exchange between the two schools, Turnidge said. Honor Society students got the idea from a fellow member who'd moved to their school about a year ago from the school in India. "It really enhances the global- ization theme that we've been working on as a school commu- nity for a few years now, Green, berg said. "Starting a relationship with the school in Mumbai is part of that." Ideally, about 60 percent of the funds raised will go to the library and about 40 percent will go to- ward helping students in India. Last year, the walk-a-thon raised more than $3,500 for the school's library with help from 10 local business sponsors, 100 par- ticipants and many volunteers. Today, the school's international fiction and nonfiction section is bigger than ever and includes books written in both English and other languages, thanks to those See WALKATHON, Page B3 Kelly McDonald stands beside her neurologist Jerold Multiple Sclerosis Society walkathon April 5 at Husky CONTRIBUTED Mikszewski at the Stadium. S BY CHAI~TELLE LUSEBRINK One year ago, Kelly McDonald's multiple sclerosis diagnosis seemed like an impossible obstacle to overcome. Her husband died a few months earlier; she was a single, working mother to a then 3- year-old daughter; and images of bed-rid- den patients she used to care for earlier in her nursing career flooded her thoughts. "I'm a widow and a single mother. Who would take care of her?" McDonald asked, her eyes fil] " g with tears. "I just kept thinking back to the time I worked with patients and the disease was- n't treatable. All they could do was blink their eyes." Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, 9 S ON'IHEWEB Go to www.nationalmssociety.org. often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, according to the Washington Multiple Sclerosis So- ciety Web site. Symptoms can be mild, like numbness in the limbs, or severe, something was wrong when she BUt just two weeks after her di- started having pain in her right agnosis, McDonald walked in her eye and lost her vision, first EMD Ser0no MS Walk in Seat- She went ia for several tests tle. with physicians and neurologists "I think how she dealt with this who found lesions on her brain, a is she realized she would have to telltale sigu of tlle disease, adapt the same attitudes as she "But no one would use the word does with her patients now with MS," she said. herself," Mikszewski wrote. "She It wasn't until she found Jerold has this inner strength, this drive Mikszewski, a neurologist at Pa- and ability to focus on what she cific Medical Center's Beacon Hill needs to do to help with this ill- campus, where she works, that ness and she was able to do someone told her what she actu- that." ally had. In the past year, she's found like loss ofvision or paralysis. "We did an MRI scan on her and stability in her life through The progress and severity of the came to the conclusion after a sec- friends and co-workers who sup- disease is unpredictable and ond MR[ that she had MS, Mik: ,' :port her, a doctor and colleague varies from one person to an- szewski wrote in an e-maiL who helps plan for her future, other. : "He was the only one thatand solace in promoting aware, looked me in the face and told me A devastatlng diagnosis I had MS," she said, adding the di- McDonald said she first noticed aguosis frightened her. See MS WALK, Page 93 I II i I I I