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Fundraiser for young girl with rare leukemia

Fundraiser for young girl with rare leukemia

The family of an 8-year-old Spokane girl diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia is asking for your help.

Bella Carvalho was diagnosed with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) in June, a rare and aggressive blood disease that can cause, along with many other things, painful lesions on her skin. BPDCN is also a disease most commonly found in elderly men, not little girls.

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Local Pony league baseball champs head to California

Local Pony league baseball champs head to California

A plucky group of 10-year-old boys are preparing to hop on a plane and head down to California to represent Washington as the regional Pony League Baseball champions!

All 11 kids have been involved with Spokane Indians Youth Baseball who united the Pony, Baby Ruth and Spokane Youth Sports Association leagues under one umbrella. After the regular season was over, try-outs were held for the all-star team and just a few weeks later the hard hitters swept the Mustang Northwest Regional Championship, winning all 11 games.

Since then, they've been working hard at Albertsons grocery stores around Spokane, asking for donations to help them make the trip to Anaheim.

“The money will help pay for their hotel room,” said Stephanie Erickson, the mother of one of the players. “The Pony organization books flights, which the parents pay half of, and this will help cover expenses like hotel rooms, food and other incidentals. We have a couple of families driving down with equipment to save on expenses like checking bat bags.”

Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy saves newborn

Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy saves newborn

A Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy is being credited with saving the life of a newborn infant Friday morning.

Deputy Randy Watts was on patrol around 1:40 am when he heard a medic call explaining a woman had given birth at her home but that the baby wasn't breathing. Deputy Watts was nearby and has basic medical training, so he sped to the home and was met by the newborn's father who led him upstairs.

Deputy Watts could see the child was purple and not breathing so he began administering rescue breaths and chest compressions until the child was attempting to breath on her own.

He then turned the child over and began striking her on the back to help clear the mucus from her nose and mouth. Once it was clear, Deputy Watts resumed rescue breaths and color began to return to the newborn's skin.

Spokane Humane Society celebrates 117th birthday

Spokane Humane Society celebrates 117th birthday

The Spokane Humane Society is celebrating it's 117th birthday in top dog fashion this weekend!

Starting at 11 am and running until 2 pm, everyone who has adopted from the shelter in the past is welcome to bring them back for an alumni reunion. And if you haven't found your forever friend yet, this could be the place.

“Come have fun, come check it out, eat some cake and have a hot dog. And if you don't have a dog, you're still welcome. Maybe it's time for you to get one and become part of the alumni team,” said organizer Jenna Carroll.

The celebration also includes demos from local dog activity groups and a “Hope, Love and Muddy Paws,” photo contest.

Past and present staff, board members and volunteers are encouraged to attend.

There is no admission fee.

Child Safety Day in north Spokane

Child Safety Day in north Spokane

Safety agencies from across Spokane gathered at the PrimeSource credit union Friday afternoon for Child Safety Day.

“We want to make sure we're all doing our part to help kids prevent bumps, bruises and perhaps a major injury,” said organizer Marilyn Rapp, the marketing representative for Prime Source. “Our goal is to help keep kids safe, be aware and have a fun filled summer.”

Even with temperatures climbing into the 90's, dozens of children filled the parking lot for fun activities hosted by Spokane Police and COPS, Spokane Fire and the Spokane Humane Society.

“We want to get out there into the community,” said Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller. “It's a great time for us to tell kids what they need to do to keep themselves safe. We have information on child passenger safety and bicycle safety. I can quiz them on whether they wear their helmets and give away free ice cream coupons.”

Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

You can enjoy the sun this weekend and support local troops at the same time with a Family Carnival in the Spokane Valley.

Penny Horst is a military spouse and group coordinator for family readiness, working with the families of soldiers on deployment to keep them updated on their loved ones status and eventual return date.

She says the next group of soldiers coming home are from across the inland northwest, and all stationed at the Hayden Army Reserve Station in north Idaho. She's organizing Saturday's carnival to help cover their welcome home party.

“We want to make sure family members aren't responsible for the costs,” Horst said.

The carnival is being held at the Combat Vet Riders clubhouse in the Spokane Valley from 11 am to 4 pm, and the riders are donating their time and services to help pull of the afternoon of fun.

 

Family Carnival

Saturday, July 12