Mercy Kids in Schools: a labor of love

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For the past two months, I’ve been working at Catholic Health World, a newspaper published twice a month for members of the Catholic Health Association.

The publication highlights the people, events and outreach programs that shape health care at the member hospitals and health systems.  My favorite story so far is about a program based here in St. Louis, a collaboration between Mercy and the Archdiocese of St. Louis called Mercy Kids in Schools. The program is in place at three grade schools run by the Archdiocese and uses a licensed clinical social worker from Mercy named Kim Harrelson.

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Two weeks to the Musials: Here’s another fave story

With two weeks until the Musial Awards are celebrated, Dec. 5 at Peabody Opera House, it’s time to share the story of another honoree, Keaton Hamin. The best night on the St. Louis sports calendar, someday this will be recognized as the best sports night in America. 

Alyx Delaloye, left, and Keaton Hamin

When Alyx Delaloye was diagnosed with leukemia in July 2014, her mom, Jody, had a vague idea of the bad times that lay ahead for her daughter: chemo treatments, sometimes daily; trips to the hospital in Winnipeg, 2½ hours from home, sometimes more than once a week; hair loss, nausea, time away from school.

She had no idea of the good.

The first bit of good news came when Alyx, 7, won tickets to a Winnipeg Jets game last February. She brought with her a sign to show her devotion to the team:

“Chemo by Day, Jets by Night!”

A cameraman in the stands saw the sign, and Alyx ended up on the jumbotron. Fans gave her a standing ovation, and players for the Jets and Dallas Stars paid their ultimate tribute, tapping their sticks on the ice.

Keaton Hamin, 9, was watching at home.

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Musial Awards: Pitcher Jason Boulais earns the save of a lifetime

Jason Boulais

My favorite assignment of the year at the Post was to profile of one the winners of what are now known as the Musial Awards. Formerly known as the National Sportsmanship Awards, the honor is bestowed annually by the St. Louis Sports Commission on six to ten people or groups who show extraordinary class, selflessness, dignity or character on the playing field. The traits were personified in Stan Musial, hence the name change.

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