On Centre: Bald Eagle Area | Fundraiser planned for woman heading to Russia for MS treatment

February 26, 2014 

Diana Rees has a big move ahead of her.

Rees, 56, of Snow Shoe, is going to Moscow in April for multiple sclerosis treatment.

In the meantime, her family and friends have a few moves of their own planned.

On Saturday, they’re holding a benefit dance for Rees at the Clarence Moose Lodge 1565. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the cost will be $5.

Rees, in the secondary progressive stage of her disease, needs $40,000 for the six-week hematopoietic stem cell transplant procedure at the National Pirogev Medical Surgical Center. On top of that, she and her family will have travel and living expenses.

The procedure, involving her stem cells being frozen, collected and then reintroduced once chemotherapy shuts down her immune system, offers a promising track record of reversing symptoms within 18 months. It’s not yet widely available in the U.S.

Rees’s family did find a Chicago clinic, but at $150,000, its cost was prohibitive.

Dance organizers expect DJ Ricky’s tunes to rock the party until 1 a.m. — a bash to help Rees, whose family owns the Rees’ Exit 22 Truck Stop in Snow Shoe, get her groove back.

For more information about Rees, her upcoming journey and benefit events for her, visit www.knockoutms2014.com.

All downhill from here

After Mountaintop Elementary School students won their school district’s Super Bowl IX Reading Challenge, it was all downhill from there.

Going into the competition last month, the students knew that they wanted to have a sledding party if they won. Then they cracked the books — big time. Their 2,504 titles and 95 percent average quiz score took top honors.

A snow day delayed their recent celebration by a day but provided an excellent base for the festivities. Kindergartners to second-graders first tackled the slope behind the school on saucers and even a toboggan for group rides. Then the older grades followed suit.

And a 45-minute reward went by quickly.

Home cooking

Though winter will have ended officially, next month the Bald Eagle Valley Community United Methodist Church has another evening of homemade food to warm bodies and souls.

On March 24, four days after spring begins, the Wingate church on state Route 144 will serve its monthly pot pie dinner. Ham and chicken varieties will be on the menu, along with homemade soups, salad, desserts and beverages.

The cost will be $9 for adults, $6 for students and $3 for children 12 and under.

Call 355-8870 or 355-2655 for more information.

Chris Rosenblum writes a weekly column about news in the Upper and Lower Bald Eagle valleys. If you have news to share, email crosenbl@centredaily.com or call 231-4620.

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