Thank you

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2003

... to Shee Atika Corporation

Dawn M. Doane of Juneau, daughter of Gary and Bernice Hansen, is on the Dean's List at Brevard Community College in Titusville, Fla. She will be returning as a sophomore this fall.

We wish to thank Shee Atika Corporation for funding her. Her field is dental hygiene and she plans on making Juneau her home upon completion of her studies. Dawn is a Desert Storm veteran, U.S. Navy. She was on the U.S.S. Samuel Gompers as a Machinist Mate 3rd Class.

Bernice Hansen

Secretary, District Seventeen U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety Division

... to Eagle Wings Community Church

SERRC-Alaska's Educational Resource Center, wants to thank the Eagle Wings Community Church Congregation for its generous contribution to their Adult Education and Family Literacy programs.

SERRC-Alaska's Education Resource Center

... for the concern and well-wishes

We would like to express our appreciation to the many people who showed their concern about my health and well-being during my recent illness. Most of all, I would like to thank the physicians, respiratory and physical therapist and nursing staff of the critical care unit at SEARHC. Thank you to the people of Haines, Hoonah, Juneau, Anchorage and Sitka for their well-wishes and prayers.

Edward and Lila Hubbard

for helping give Brownie big final hurrah

The family of Brownie Hunt wishes to thank all his friends for their comfort, support and many cards and gifts. We also thank the Moose Lodge for holding the memorial service, the Sandbar for the after service celebration and the many friends who furnished food for the occasion. Special thanks to Four Seasons Tours, Captain Jeff and Jake for the final family service. Thanks to all of you for helping give Brownie one big final hurrah.

Family of Brownie Hunt

for making annual track and field meet a success

The annual Hersheys Track and Field meet was held on May 18, 2003, at Adair Kennedy Park. Over 80 youths, ages 9-14 participated in 30 different running events, the standing long jump and softball throw.

As everyone knows, such events cannot take place without the gracious help of volunteers. This years event was extremely successful because of the assistance that was given.

We wish to express our thanks to Zach Gordon Youth Center staff and the following volunteers: Nancy, Molly and John Krehlik, Beatrice Muse, Sheila Corey, Steven Turner, Joann Quigg, Tom Rutecki, Elizabeth Williams, Van Marie Jackson, Norman Flood, Nick Parmeter, Ted Lauth and Leslie Elvebek.

Again, thank you one and all for all of your generous help. Without you, this event would not have been possible.

Kristi West

Zach Gordon Youth Center

for all who participated in play about cancer

On June 6th, Hospice & Home Care of Juneaus production of Understanding: Step Into the Light, a play about cancer in the native community, premiered in Juneau at the ANB Hall. This educational presentation was in development for six months and involved the talents and energy of a large and diverse group of individuals and organizations. We would like to thank everyone who had a part in bringing this important event to fruition. Artistic and production staff included playwrights P. Shane Mitchell, Sylvia Montero and Melany Cueva; actors Ishmael Hope, Shadow Hotch, Angie Johnson, Sue Ann Lindoff and Charlie Nelson; and co-directors Kate Bowns and Jamie McLean. Dian Martin and Jim Simard offered technical support in lighting the play. Dolores Cadiente was our wonderful Master of Ceremonies. Barbara Belknap solicited local businesses for door prizes. Donarr contributed the beautiful artwork used to publicize the event, and Mary Cook was responsible for publicity. A special thanks to SEARHC for allowing us to use the beautiful Raven dance robe, Step Into the Light, as a backdrop for the play.

Following the play we had a panel discussion, along with questions from the audience. Many thanks to panelists Ethel Lund, Dr. Fred Chu, Dr. Maureen Longworth, Willie Tagaban, LPN, Bob Polson, RN, and Dr. Bob Urata for taking time out of their very busy schedules and making themselves available to us.

We had financial support from Hospice & Home Care of Juneau, Catholic Community Service, Ed Thomas and the Tlingit and Haida Central Council and from an NCI grant to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Cancer Education for Community Health Aides/Practitioners. Many thanks to the ANB Hall for offering us a reduced rate to rent the hall for the day.

A very important aspect of the evening was the resource tables stocked with information about local resources. A big thank you to Nicki Germain from Team Survivor Perseverance; Ruth Simpson with the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Dependence; Bobbie Reyes with the Alaska Native Womens Cancer Support Group; Carole Edwards with the Juneau Cancer Support Group; and Melany Cueva with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

The backbone of our production was the volunteers. The play would not have happened without them. Thank you to Cindy Baldwin-Kitka and the Sitka MEH SEARHC, Jack Cannon, Tess Cannon, McLean Cannon, Mike Peterson, Tim Sunday, Roald Helgesen, Jeff Brown, KTOO, Ekatrina Oleska, Tamara Potevin, Linda Koski, Janet Lumiansky, Nadja Hotch, Ric Iannolino, Patrick Murphy, Andrea Ebona-Michel, Kim Dostel, Connie Hanser, Lori Brotherton, Debbie Sis, Jane MacKinnon, Denise Koch, Doreen Hogins and Barbara Pavitt. If we have missed any names, please know that every helping hand and every encouraging word made a difference.

Our door prizes were made possible by the following sponsors: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Gas N Go Petro Express, Gross Alaska, Horsts Alaskan Seafood, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Mendenhall Golf, Subway, Super Bear, Western Auto, the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. We are very grateful to the Alaska Native Womens Cancer Support Group for contributing a beautiful and delicious array of homemade food and beverages.

If anyone would like more information about the play or needs information about local support groups and resources related to cancer and wellness, please call Hospice & Home Care of Juneau at 463-3113.

Jamie McLean

Hospice & Home Care of Juneau

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