Central Illinois readers have shared truly inspiring stories with us, and you’ll read them on Page 1 and inside today’s first section.
You also can find them – along with other survivor stories – on a new Breast Cancer Awareness Month section at www.sj-r.com/pink.
This section includes news and daily updates on breast cancer research and treatments, and offers information on risk factors and how to stay healthy. Make it a stop during your online reading.
Today’s local stories are about never giving up, about coping with a breast cancer diagnosis and fighting and winning. We’re pleased to publish them.
Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. When it is found early, the foundation notes, the five-year survival rate is 96 percent.
Locally, women are making great strides. Among them is Jennifer Miller Jones of Athens, who celebrated the end of her chemotherapy treatments in August by starting to train for a 5K race. As reported by features editor Brien Murphy in today’s Page 1 story, she’ll run that race with her 8-year-old daughter next month.
“Breast cancer may have taken a lot from me, but I am convinced that the experience has given me more than what it took,” she wrote.
Among the readers sharing their stories is Mari Landgrebe of Springfield, who was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 37 years old and hasn’t had a recurrence in 24 years.
“We need to find joy in the smallest of things,” she wrote. “I also learned that life is too short to be angry, sad, short of temper, depressed, etc.”
It’s been 10 years since the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team visited Springfield and sparked changes that included an upgrade of Capitol Avenue and sweeping improvement of downtown streetscapes and facades.
The developments have been remarkable, and today business editor Tim Landis looks back at how far downtown has come thanks to hard work by many people including First Citizen Paul O’Shea, planning and design coordinator for the city.
There’s a lot left to do, as the Sustainable Design Assessment Team has introduced in the next initiative with the American Institute of Architects. But it’s always good to pause and assess progress, and it’s clear that RUDAT has made a difference. Enjoy today’s perspective piece.
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Executive Editor Bob Heisse can be reached at 788-1505 or email@example.com. Read his “From the Editor” blog.