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Union Gospel Mission celebrates new graduates of the Life Recovery program

Union Gospel Mission celebrates new graduates of the Life Recovery program

Tuesday night 25 people from the inland northwest graduated from the Union Gospel Mission's Life Recovery program. It's designed to break the homelessness cycle and dependence on drugs and alcohol.

"My life was empty, and hopeless and a mess, unmanageable," Chantell White said.

She was one of the 25 who made it through the program.

"I didn't realize that people cared," White said. "I didn't realize that I was forgiven, I didn't realize that I had a hope and a future."

She began her change two years ago. Before that she was an addict, in and out of jail and had her kids taken away from her.

"I remember Chantell coming into a class not only being broken, but not believing that anything would really change," program leader Joann Zajick said.

The two years she spent working on herself would not come easy. She left the program at one point, only to come back.

"I'm serious now," Zajick said, remembering what Chantell said. "I'm ready for what it's going to take for me to really change and from that you see this beautiful woman today."

Husband holds golf tournament to raise money for wife's lung transplant

Husband holds golf tournament to raise money for wife's lung transplant

A Spokane woman is fighting for her life, in need of a double lung transplant after battling cystic fibrosis for 30 years.

John Moriarty says his wife Gina is the love of his life, right up there with golf, and she's in need of some serious help.

"About a year ago Gina came down with a very severe case of pneumonia. She was in the hospital for two months and there was a lot of damage done to her lungs," John said.

Gina was diagnosed at age two and now at age 30 has just 15 percent lung capacity.

To help raise money for Gina's medical costs, John has changed the focus of his annual charity golf tournament "The Big Kahuna" to help his wife.

"It's a double shotgun start on July 12, four person teams. It's a scramble format, and its all for fun," said John.

The procedure will cost nearly $1 million and insurance is covering most of it, but there are still a lot of expenses they will be paying out of pocket.

"We have to actually move over to Seattle and live in transplant housing, and that's something that's not covered by insurance and it's roughly $3-4 thousand a month," said John.

Little Jameson Davis gets new arms

Little Jameson Davis gets new arms

Over the last year and a half, KXLY has followed Jameson Davis' journey. Jameson is the Spokane baby born without arms, but now there's a new chapter in this toddler's life that involves a special pair of prosthetic arms.

For six months, Jameson has been using myo-electric prosthetic arms, made just for him. In fact, he's the youngest person ever to have a pair of them.

"He can do pretty much anything that any other little kid can do," his mom Brooke Davis said.

His surfer blond hair and bright blue eyes melt your heart and his determination inspires you.

"You know he's just a growing little boy," dad Jim Davis said.

Jameson wears the myo-electric arms twice a day. The arms have sensors that pick up movement.

"So in the simplest terms, if he just flexes his little biceps, it will open and close the hand," Jim said.

The arms cost over $100,000. Insurance paid for most, but the Spokane community stepped up, raising $25,000.

"It's amazing to know there are great people in Spokane and they are willing to help strangers," Jim said.

Jim and Brooke just want to provide their son the very best life.

Mayor of Limerick visits Spokane

Mayor of Limerick visits Spokane

The mayor of Limerick, Ireland, one of Spokane’s Sister Cities, is touring the Lilac City. Mayor Kathleen Leddin is the 817th mayor of Limerick and on Monday she stopped by the site of the Sister Cities Garden Project at Riverfront Park.

“I’m very excited about it,” Mayor Leddin said of her trip. “There’s a great Sister City relationship between Limerick and Spokane.”

Crowdsourcing funds child's special needs bike in 11 hours

Crowdsourcing funds child's special needs bike in 11 hours

Eleven hours. That’s all it took for the community to fully support a gofundme campaign to get a special needs bike for five-year-old Chace Thomas. Not only was the campaign fully funded, but generous donors supported the Thomas family to $1,000 past their goal of $3,000 to purchase the bike.

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Tom Curalli defines what it means to be a Bloomie.

"Today is a big day, it's my 35th Bloomsday," said Curalli.

Curalli said he would never miss a Bloomsday. He loves how the race brings the community and families together. The theme of togetherness inspired him to make this day about the most important person in his life.

"I'm going to propose to my girlfriend at the finish line in front of a lot of a lot of people," said Curalli.

Curalli has prepared for the big day since February. He chose not to share the plan with anyone, and the anticipation was starting to get the best of him.

"I'm pretty excited, a little nervous, had a bit of trouble sleeping last night,"said Curalli.

The couple have been dating for about a year, but have been close friends for nearly six.

Wheelchair athletes ready to take on Bloomsday course

Wheelchair athletes ready to take on Bloomsday course

Each year, at least 50,000 people run, walk or even wheel their way through the Bloomsday course, and its become an annual tradition for wheelchair athletes Scott Parson and Edwin Figueroa.

"The course is really challenging and the field is great, a lot of competition," Parson said.

Parson and Figueroa touched down in Spokane Friday fresh from California. Parson has won the wheelchair race the last two years.

"The older I get, the younger they get so it's going to be tough this year," he said.

This year is Parson's 15th Bloomsday while Figueroa has raced it a dozen times. Each year they always mark their calendars for this race.

"The group of people that put the race on, they really make it good for all the wheelers to come back," Parson said.

The wheelchair athletes are greeted at the airport and then taken to their hotels, with equipment in tow, by STA.

"They see everybody equal, from elite runners to able bodies, it's a good group," Figueroa said.

While they're looking forward to the race, they're both like every other athlete getting ready for the course. They're dreading Doomsday Hill.