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Local Girl Named National Ambassador

Local Girl Named National Ambassador

When looking at 12-year-old Madelyn Edgecomb, one would see a happy & smiling young
lady who loves to read, make crafts and listen to music. When you look a little closer and see the scars
and stitch marks on her head, a different story is being told.
Madelyn suffers from an incurable brain condition called Hydrocephalus, and the scars and stitch marks
are the result of the multiple brain surgeries to implant the device in her brain, known as a shunt that
keeps her alive.
Occurring in approximately 1 of every 500 births and in over One Million Americans today, (including
former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords), Hydrocephalus is a condition in which excessive fluid gathers
in the brain, abnormally widening spaces in the brain and placing potentially harmful pressure on brain
tissues. Because of lack of advancements in treatment, many affected individuals are left unable to lead
full and productive lives.

Get Running - Find A Race Just For You

Get Running - Find A Race Just For You

Whether entering a race is a new year's resolution or just a part of your every day life, it's time to sign up.

There are a lot of options throughout our area.

Here's a look at the Fresno Race Calendar. Have fun!

Scholarship Opportunity For Community Minded Children

Nominations for kids ages six to 18 will be accepted January 30 – March 13 at kohlskids.com .  Nominators must be 21 years or older. Through the program, Kohl’s will award more than 2,500 young volunteers nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes to reward kids who have made a positive impact on their communities.  

Holiday Heroes Blood Drive Dec. 19-23 at Sierra Vista Mall

Holiday Heroes Blood Drive Dec. 19-23 at Sierra Vista Mall

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is once again teaming up with Central California Blood Center for its annual Holiday Heroes Blood Drive.  Donations will help patients get out of the hospital and back home with their families to celebrate Christmas.

The 5-day event takes place Dec. 19 – 23.  It’s located at Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis, near Kohl’s, from 12 pm – 6 pm each day.

The media is invited to attend the event on Friday, Dec. 19 at 3:00 pm.  Sheriff Margaret Mims and a member of Central California Blood Center will be on hand, available for interviews.

All donors will receive a free Fresno County Sheriff's Heroes T-shirt and be automatically entered into a drawing.  Prizes include $100 Sierra Vista Mall gift cards and movie passes to Sierra Vista Mall Cinema 16.  

Veterans Town Hall Meeting December 16th

Veterans Town Hall Meeting December 16th

The goal is to increase communication between Veterans and the Fresno VAMC that fosters
quality feedback and specific suggestions on how the medical center can improve service to
Veterans. VA leadership will be present to answer questions and address concern about the health
care system.

  • Information Fair and Reception (Independence Rm A) – 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Town Hall (Auditorium) – 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 Fourth St., Clovis

Senior Center Holiday Luncheon

You are invited to share a lovely afternoon Saturday, December 13th at noon at The Clovis Senior Center. 

This holiday celebration is hosted by the Clovis Kiwanis.

If you'd like tickets, please call the Clovis Senior Center at 559-324-2750.

Parker's Pals Blood Drive & Marrow Registry Dec. 8

Parker's Pals Blood Drive & Marrow Registry Dec. 8

Monday, December 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Save Mart Center at Fresno State, 2650 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno

Parking is free on day of event.


All donors a the Save Mart Center Drive will receive a commemorative T-shirt with Parker’s art, a FREE  5 pound Dubuque Holiday Ham, and automatic entry into a drawing to win $100 gift cards to Sierra Vista Mall, movie passes to Sierra Vista Mall Cinema 16, plus donors may also win pairs of tickets to upcoming Save Mart Center Events and special donor treats.

Also, sign up for the National Marrow Donor Program Registry for free!


Donors who give at the Blood Centers receive a free Parker t-shirt.