As the temperature outside gets colder, cancer patients across the Midwest will be a little warmer thanks to the blankets made during the seventh annual Aidan Project. The Aidan Project, which is sponsored by Circle K and Knott Hall, took place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in South Dining Hall on Saturday. Members of the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s families, the South Bend Kiwanis Club, the Nappanee High School Key Club and the Manchester University Circle K joined in making 203 blankets for cancer patients of all ages, which will be delivered to hospitals throughout the Midwest. The Aidan Project was introduced in 2006 and named for Aidan Fitzgerald, a graduate of the Class of 2010 who was diagnosed with testicular cancer during his sophomore year. Fitzgerald said his roommate at the time, 2009 alumnus Chris Esber, was involved with Circle K and decided to rebrand the group’s Blanket Bash as The Aidan Project. Fitzgerald said participation in the rebranded event went from around 30 people to more than 200. Fitzgerald said the event is about more than just making blankets. “This isn’t about me. This event exists because cancer is a ubiquitous issue. I just happen to have my name attached to it,” he said. “It’s also not about the number of blankets we make. It’s about raising awareness.” Fitzgerald said he had a strong, focused attitude when he was battling cancer. “There was never a doubt in my mind that I was going to recover. It was anticlimactic when I finished chemo therapy because nothing felt different,” he said. “I think it was harder for my friends and family than for me, because for me the process was clear while they were removed from it and left to wonder what was going on.” Cancer treatment was a difficult but important part of his life, Fitzgerald said, and is now something he can joke about. “It sucked, but it was a defining moment in my life and it taught me a new appreciation for things,” he said. “I also like to make light of the having gone through cancer. Since it was testicular cancer and they did have to remove one, I picked up a few nicknames.” Those who have cancer just want a return to normalcy, Fitzgerald said. “That’s why it’s great to just make blankets instead of something over the top. When you go through chemo you lose your hair and everything, so you get cold,” he said. “A blanket is just what they need.” Fitzgerald, who currently lives in Indianapolis, participated in this year’s event with his fiancÃ©e. He said he was glad that students were willing to take the time to make blankets for cancer patients. “It’s cool to see people here on a Saturday morning instead of sleeping in or watching TV, or doing anything but coming out to make blankets,” he said. Sophomores Emily Mediate and Hilary Johnson, co-chairs of Circle K Special Projects, organized the event. Mediate said she enjoyed planning the Aidan Project because it afforded her the opportunity to be involved from the beginning stages through to delivering the blankets. Johnson said she enjoys the project because of what it means to the individuals, mostly children, who receive the blankets. “It’s a great way to impact the lives of the kids. You wouldn’t think a blanket that took 20 minutes to make would put such a big smile on a kid’s face, but it does and it makes a big difference,” Johnson said. Mediate said they contacted hospitals around the Midwest about how many blankets each wanted, and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis ordered the greatest number. She said Circle K members who live near the participating hospitals deliver the blankets when they return home for winter break. In preparation for the event, the group bought 1,000 yards of fleece for $4,000, the funds for which come from a grant from Kiwanis International and fundraising efforts, which include Aidan Project T-shirt sales. Mediate said after purchasing the fleece they pre-cut it to specified sizes. On Saturday, students made either single or double layered blankets from the fleece. She said students were able to choose their preferred fleece pattern for each blanket and could make a card to go along with the blanket. Junior Molly Daily, who participated in the event for the third time, said she believes the Aidan Project is a simple way to do something good. “It’s a really easy way to do something good,” Daily said. “It doesn’t take a lot of time and its really fun.”
Defensor even sought to revive the “fouro’clock habit” when people gather to clean their surroundings every 4 p.m. ILOILO – Brief rain showers did nothamper the province-wide cleanup drive dubbed “Limpyo Iloilo.” Hundreds ofvolunteers from the province’s 43 local government units took part inFriday’s simultaneous activity. For his part, Santa Barbara mayor RemaSomo, supports the revival of four o’clock habit or the “once a week search forkey containers and other breeding sites of mosquitoes and eventually destroythem at 4-o’clock in the afternoon in every household” as one of the preventivemeasure against dengue. “Cleanliness should become a way of life.We must first appreciate cleanliness, so we can make it a habit,” stressedDefensor in his speech at Santa Barbara National High School (SBNHS). Defensor also reminded Ilonggos of theprovincial ordinance that regulates the use of single-use plastics, which hepointed to as the top source of trash in the province. The program’s launch at the SBNHS wasattended by about 600 national and local government employees. According to Defensor, he wanted theprovince to have a “clean province identity” through the campaign. Volunteers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology join the province-wide cleanup drive dubbed “Limpyo Iloilo” on Friday. The activity promotes culture and character of cleanliness, and spirit of volunteerism among Ilonggos, says Gov. Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr., who led thelaunching of the campaign in Santa Barbara, Iloilo, underscored the importanceof cleanliness in addressing not only visual pollution but also in curbing thespread of communicable diseases. The provincial government has previouslylaunched several cleanup initiatives amid the dengue scare last year. Theseincluded the Brigada Eskwela Kontra Dengue; province-wide cleanup drive heldevery Saturday which lasted for a month; and the one-day cleanup of the entireCapitol premises. (Capitol News/PN) The Provincial Environment and NaturalResources Office (PENRO) spearheads this campaign which will be done everythird Saturday of each month in line with Provincial Ordinance No. 2018-184,Series of 2019 (“An ordinance requiring all local government units in coastalareas of the province of Iloilo to conduct a community-based coastal clean-upactivity once a month”). “Single-use plastic is the number onesource of litter and we must use ‘alat’ (handwoven basket) when we go to themarket,” he said. Other “Limpyo” partners come fromnongovernment organizations, the religious sector, people’s organizations,youth organizations, and cooperatives. “We don’t end here. This is just thebeginning,” he said.
(BBC) – Captain Eoin Morgan says “more time” is needed, before Alex Hales returns to the England side, saying he could have “derailed” last year’s World Cup bid.Hales has not played for England since being removed from the World Cup squad in May 2019 for an “off-field incident” – reportedly failing a drugs test.England will next week name a training squad of 30 players with a view to playing Test and limited-overs matches.Seamer Chris Woakes said he would be happy to see batsman Hales, 31, return.However, Morgan said: “I’ve spoken to Alex and certainly see an avenue for him to come back – but when there’s a breakdown of trust, the only healer is time.“It’s only been 12 or 13 months since the incident, which could have cost us four years of hard work.“Given it could have derailed a World Cup campaign, it might take some more time.”Cricket is set to return from the coronavirus shutdown in July and, with a revamped schedule likely to be congested, it could necessitate separate Test and limited-overs squads.Nottinghamshire’s Hales averages almost 38 in 70 one-day internationals and was the second highest run-scorer in last winter’s edition of the Big Bash League, Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition.The men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in Australia in October and November this year, although the International Cricket Council is set to discuss whether it can still be staged at a meeting today.“It’s obviously not about performance with Alex,” added Morgan.“Playing cricket for England is about on and off the field, values we adhere to and Alex showed complete disregard for them.“He needs to build that up for as long as he can and then hopefully an opportunity will present itself down the line.”
LeBron James is to the point that his return to the court will be a game-day decision Thursday.The 34-year-old superstar has participated in full contact scrimmages this week for the first time since straining his left groin Dec. 25 but continues to be listed as day-to-day. Almost that time again! I’ve missed you so damn much! 😤🦁 🗣🤯#BeenACagedAngryLion. #striveforgreatness🚀 #jamesgang👑 photo cred @graydientvisualsA post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Jan 28, 2019 at 3:10pm PSTJames originally suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Lakers’ win over the Warriors on Christmas Day. He met with trainers on the court, appeared to tell them he “felt it pop” and then headed to the locker room without assistance. James underwent an MRI the following day and said on Twitter he “dodged a bullet.” But, he has missed the Lakers’ last 16 games. Los Angeles (26-25) is 6-11 in his absence and has fallen into the ninth spot in the Western Conference standings, two games back of the Clippers — an added twist on whether James could return for Thursday’s intracity matchup.Los Angeles signed James to a four-year, $153.3 million contract in July. He is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 34.6 minutes per game this season. View this post on Instagram LeBron getting shots up after practice: pic.twitter.com/4R9jR9EJfi— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 28, 2019He was only able to watch from courtside Tuesday night as the 76ers beat the Lakers, 121-105, though reports have suggested four-time MVP could be back on the court Thursday to face the Clippers.However, coach Luke Walton insisted the team will make a last assessment on James.Asked whether he was viewing Wednesday’s practice as a final test for James, Walton told reporters: “No, we’re looking at it as we’re going to practice again.”We’ll do some full-court scrimmaging again, see how he feels.Although the Lakers were unable to recover from a slow start, Luke says he’s proud of them for fighting back and competing. pic.twitter.com/jlLzqBHVFw— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 30, 2019″No matter what happens, the decision won’t be made [Wednesday]. It will be about how he feels later that night and into what he feels like the next day when he wakes up, more importantly.”So, not a final test, just another day of seeing if he’s ready yet.”James said on Instagram later Monday it was “almost that time” to play again.