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Local family credits St. Jude for saving their daughter’s life

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Cancer has proven to be an obstacle, not a diagnosis that defines who Brooke is or what she has overcome.

“If you can believe in yourself you can believe in everything,” Brooke, who has beat the odds and defeated pediatric cancer, said on a recent visit to her favorite place in Toledo, the Imagination Station.

Born and raised in the Toledo area, Brooke and her family credit the life-saving research and the world-class medical care at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for saving Brooke’s life.

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This Ohio city is the ‘easiest’ to save money in, data shows

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Are you saving as much as you’d like? Keeping extra money in the bank for emergencies or expenses is one of the wisest things you can do but depending on where you live, it can be more difficult.

Recently, personal finance outlet FinanceBuzz analyzed data for 125 U.S. cities with populations greater than 200,000 to rank them based on several metrics, including cost of living, median income and debt-to-income ratios. The cities were then ranked based on ease of saving to difficulty — and one Ohio city came out on top of the whole list as the city where it’s easiest to save.

FinanceBuzz found Toledo to have the second-lowest cost of living of all cities, not to mention having low rent and mortgage costs compared to income. The outlet also found that Toledo ranks among the lowest median credit card debt for residents, and placed in the top three nationally in terms of favorable rent/mortgage costs-compared-to-income ratios.

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Spectrum Sailing camp is a success, not a challenge for children with autism

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Thursday marked the last day of sailing camp in Toledo for Spectrum Sailing.

The national non-profit organization teaches kids on the autism spectrum about boat parts, water safety rules, wind direction and much more.

It also instills confidence in children to eventually take control of the sailboat themselves.

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Community donates equipment to 13-year-old entrepreneur after his lawn mower was stolen

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A 13-year-old entrepreneur in Ohio is back in business thanks to community members who rallied to get him new equipment after his lawn mower was stolen.

Tre’Shawn Pittard was just 11 years old when he started his landscaping business.

After WTVG reported his story in 2022, someone donated a brand-new lawn mower to him, and his equipment haul grew from there.

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Pro golfer Stacy Lewis visits children’s hospitals

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Renowned Toledo-born golfer Stacy Lewis paid a visit to area children’s hospitals Monday morning, taking time to talk to patients and share her story.

Ms. Lewis, 39, has achieved a remarkably successful career in women’s professional golf. Formerly a top-ranked player in the world with two major championships under her belt, she was named captain for the U.S. Solheim Cup team for the second year in a row.

Joining her Monday were her 5-year-old daughter, Chesnee Chadwell, and 16-year-old Mia Hammond, an up-and-coming junior golfer from New Albany, Ohio.

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Starting with a farmers market, Hope Zone aims to increase food access in northwest Dayton

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Omega Community Development Corporation will hold a farmers market June 15, with the goal of increasing access to fresh produce in northwest Dayton.

The farmers market is part of a sweeping initiative called the Hope Zone Promise Neighborhood, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal is to support families in the 17 neighborhoods surrounding the Hope Center for Families campus on Harvard Boulevard.

Omega CDC hopes to expand the market over time and is working to develop a community garden on the Hope Zone campus.

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MVHFH holds Playhouse Project Blitz Build at Fifth Third Field

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Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity is holding its Playhouse Project Blitz Build at Fifth Third Field on Thursday.

MVHFH says 21 different volunteer teams come together to build 30 custom playhouses designed for 30 local families.

The following is the schedule for the June 6 build:

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Northwest Ohio beauty school to offer cancer patients, survivors free services during event

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Paul Mitchell The School Toledo offering a selection of free services to cancer patients and survivors for Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day.

The beauty school, which is located on Monroe Street in Sylvania, will offer free haircuts, washes, styles and manicures for people fighting cancer.

Lindsay Ramm, an admissions advisor for Paul Mitchell School, shares what it means for the beauticians who serve the survivors.

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58 new citizens take oath at Toledo Zoo

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Beyond the new baby elephant, Kirkja, other new happenings were afoot at the Toledo Zoo, where 58 new American citizens from 33 different countries were naturalized on Tuesday before noon.

“Every corner of the globe” was represented according to United States District Court Judge Darrell A. Clay, who presided over the ceremony, which he proudly boasted contained individuals from North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and Oceania.

Bob Vasquez, the liaison and chief advisor to the CEO of the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium, welcomed the new citizens and shared his family’s story of how his grandparents came to the United States from Mexico.

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How to sign up for the 2024 Toledo Library summer reading program

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The Toledo Library is holding its 100th summer reading program, a season-long event that encourages community members of all ages to continue reading during the summer months. Here’s how to sign up for the program, and a look at which prizes the library is offering this year.

The program, which launched June 1, lasts until Aug. 3. Between that time, readers should track how many days out of 30 they have read. At various points during the program, participants can turn in their form in exchange for prizes.

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