Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Iyyar 17, 5776

After 40 years, Lee Ducat and her diabetes foundation mark major triumphs
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David C. Friedman, JE Feature
In 1965, at the age of 9, Lee Ducat's son, Larry, was diagnosed with the most pernicious form of diabetes, Type 1, or Juvenile Diabetes, a disease in which the pancreas is unable to produce enough needed insulin on its own. Ducat, unhappy with the diagnosis, decided to become proactive, and embarked on a mission that began with the founding...
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The teacher switched off the Israeli rock and hip-hop tunes blaring from his laptop and, although only a handful of students were at their desks, dove right into the day's topic: What does it mean to be a Jewish hero? In the past few months, they have discussed a range of figures -- from baseball legend Sandy Koufax to funny...
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Barrack runs a bone-marrow search to assist a local woman
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
Sandee Kline, who has acute nonlymphocytic leukemia, needs a miracle -- and she needs it now. To that end, the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr earlier this month sponsored a daylong drive to find a bone-marrow match and donor for the 57-year-old wife, mother and grandmother. Word of the event spread like wildfire, and by the end...
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
Sophie Freedman is a typical sixth-grader in many ways. She loves animals, the color pink, dissecting things in science class and making jewelry. And so, when it came time to prepare a Bat Mitzvah project, beading bracelets and then giving them to children with cancer seemed like a great idea. But for Sophie, who set up shop at the oncology...
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Guatemala is abundant with eco-thrills -- and higher tourist taxes?
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Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
There's a place in the Caribbean where manatees move silently in the shallows of Guatemala's Rio Dulce River and children paddle dug-out canoes across the water to get to school. Verdant jungle abounds, and though there has been significant deforestation nearby, from this vantage point, it looks like the land has never been touched by human hands. To get to...
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