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Bonny Sexton

Memorial’s Transplant Program Gives Bonny Sexton a New Normal

Bonny Sexton, 49, was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) when she was 19 years old. A common genetic disease, the key to controlling the disease’s progression is controlling the high blood pressure that comes with it.

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Grant in Action: Dancing to improve health

People with Parkinson’s disease benefit from donor generosity

Since July 2016, Eve Fischberg, a licensed occupational therapist, has been offering dance classes to people in the community who have Parkinson’s disease. A $2,400 grant from Memorial Medical Center Foundation is making a 12-week class offered four times throughout the year possible.

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Grant in Action: Healthy lessons at Camp Care-A-Lot

Donations benefit children in our community

Nearly 50 children who attended Camp Care-A-Lot, a program of Compass for Kids, enjoyed healthy meals and snacks thanks to a $5,758 grant from Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

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Knights of Columbus

Community Steps Up to Make Logan County Fair Special for Memorial Behavioral Health Clients

For Karen Deany, the smiles and excitement from her clients are the best part of the Logan County Fair held in August each year.

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Kristy Icenogle

Botox Delivers Migraine Relief

Botox is commonly thought of as a beauty enhancer to ease wrinkles or plump lips. Kristy Icenogle sings its praises for a whole different reason – migraine relief.

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George McNeff

Octogenarian Cancer Survivor Enjoys a Sweet Life After Treatment

Retired farmer, bear hunter and baking enthusiast George McNeff was diagnosed with prostate cancer in spring of 2018. He credits the care he received from Passavant staff at the Radiation Oncology Center for returning him to the sweet life.

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Ron Beck

Vestibular Rehab Offers Relief to Dizzy Spells

When the dizziness began, Ron Beck, 75, thought it was related to his surgery to remove a cancerous kidney. But when his head continued to feel “full,” his balance remained off, and he couldn’t drive or even ride comfortably in a car, he knew something was wrong.

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Bernetta “Bernie” Hoagland

Retired Nurse and Queen Fan Beats Breast Cancer

Bernetta “Bernie” Hoagland has no time for cancer. Nonetheless, a cancer diagnosis has a way of causing the busiest person to pause.

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Grant in Action: Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Save Lives

Donations Benefit Community Residents

An $8,700 grant from MMC Foundation will help the Springfield Fire Department continue to install a new alarm in homes throughout central Sangamon County.

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Jodi Tate

43-Year-Old’s Cardiac Rehab Journey Makes a Difference

Jodie had no health issues leading up to the mild heart attack. That morning in the shower, she felt pressure on her chest, almost like she had pulled a muscle. She rested for a bit and the feeling went away.

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