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Billionaire Adopts College Class Your Resource for Over 50 Years The Community's Newspaper - Serving Riverside County, Eastern Los Angeles County & San Bernardino County I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire Thursday, May 30, 2019 Vol. 54 - No 43 Sickle Cell: The Cure and Resources (See Page A-3) By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter For those devastated by the debilitating pain and crisis of sickle cell anemia, the long-awaited cure for the disease is here and now. Dr. Akshat Jain, MD, a pediatric physician specializing in hematologic disorders at Loma Linda University Childrens Hospital, said they are working hard to help as many children as possible who suffer from sickle cell disease. In April, the hospital announced its first stem cell transplant for 11-year-old Valeria Vargas-Olmedo, who was experiencing bone loss, and severe chronic pain of sickle cell crisis. She was too weak to walk or attend school. Vargas- Olmedo received stem cells for her transplant from her father. Dr. Jain said the hope is to continue the success of the program by building up the stem cell transplant team at the hospital, and to help others in sickle cell crisis in the inland empire and surrounding regions. Sickle cell patients should continue working with their regular treating physicians, and talk about their choices along with their hematologist, which is the irst step, he said. The hematologist is an expert that judges the need for, and the feasibility of, implementing the stem cell transplant option. And, as with every procedure, he said there are risks that are communicated with each patient. The foremost area of risk is toxicity from chemotherapy and the risk of infection while the patient is awaiting the transplanted stem cells to take home and make healthy sickle-cell-free red blood cells, he said. Among many other services, Loma Linda University Childrens Hospital has a robust sickle cell comprehensive care program that provides hematology services for sickle cell disease including, physiotherapy, dental, imaging, laboratory testing, blood transfusions, and access to pain management specialists. Depending on the insurer and the plan, medical costs and coverage can vary, but he said many insurances provide coverage, both in part or full, for such lifesaving therapies. As for the risks, one adverse effect known to occur is the rejection of the stem San Bernardino Valley College Partners With GenerationGo! If students can just muster the confidence to take that first step onto the San Bernardino Valley College campus, they may find it's a life changer. Jenna Jacot was more than a little intimidated when irst coming as an intern into the Generation Go! program, but she soon realized the collegiate setting was nothing to fear. As it turns out, the internship was exactly what she needed. The atmosphere and the people I worked with were nice, and they helped me a lot. I gained a lot of new skills that I didnt have before, said Jenna Jacot, one of nine students that interned in the college marketing department. While going through the program, she was concurrently enrolled at SBVC and Cajon High School. The program ran eight weeks through the spring session. She said the upside was working with new people and new circumstances. It gave her job experience, and among other skills, she learned Excel, writing skills, Photoshop and image editing. From here, she will take the summer off, and then heads back to SBVC for the Fall where she is already registered as a college student. She was offered and took the job as an assistant in the college marketing department. Being in this environment was the best part for me, she said. I found out things that Im good at, I found out the things Im bad at, and was able to improve. I had a great experience. SBVC pilots Generation Go! as part of San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board Career GenerationGo! Career Pathways program. Once students complete their college courses, they are placed with an employer, and receive workplace learning in the career pathway of their choice. Patricia Quach, dean of the Academic Success & Learning Services Division, said its still early on in the program, but so far the data shows that participating students are more likely to complete high school and attend college. San Bernardino Valley College serves three public school districts within their school boundaries, including Colton Joint Unified, San Bernardino City Unified, and will begin servicing Rialto Unified School District this summer. This summer, she said they have 330 students signed up across the three districts. Still, its not unusual for students to be unnerved coming into the new situation, since many are irst-generation college goers. SBVC gives them a tour, and lets students know that they are actually a college student while they go through the classes. They ask, can I even do college? she said. Especially continuation students who may have been told all of their lives that they cant do college. The first of the two-part program includes the SBVC job readiness skills certificate that focuses on workforce essential skills, also known as soft skills. Once completed, the students will then skip a term to continue their high school courses. Students carrying the concurrent enrollment courses at SBVC are then placed with a business of their career pathway during their following term. So far, she said the program is seeing a strong success rate. They are also more likely to go to college, she said. We hope that this program is changing the culture and the mindset of the youth, that they are wanting to do more, and attend college so they can have a better career. The program started its first group of students at Cajon High School in fall 2018. Of the first group of 14 students, nine continued on with San Bernardino Valley College. The second group attending continuation school, also had a 50 percent enrollment at SBVC after (Cont. on Page A-3) Women Play Key Role in Ensuring African Democracy By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Correspondent Lilongwe Malawi, Africa - Throughout this southeastern African nation of nearly 20 million residents, the strength and resiliency of women is on display 24 hours each day. The sustainability of democracy in any nation can be evaluated by the inclusive leadership roles performed by women in its social, political and economic life. According to statistics from the World Population Review, nearly half (49.1 percent) of Malawis population is comprised of women - several of whom work as many as three jobs while providing needed care for their husbands and families. When the nations one-party era ended in the early 1990s, giving way to a democratic system, the nations fairer gender was at the forefront of social transformation. Having elected a woman twice in its relatively short Democracy - H.E. Joyce Banda, as president - the country now awaits the results from the 2019 Tripartite election. While the top three candidates this year are all men, women have again taken a leadership role in ensuring free and fair elections and theyve been largely responsible for whats believed to have been an electoral race free of determinative manipulation. The last election in 2014, we were just being informed and had a lot of trust in government but there were so many rumors of [corruption] and the president was sworn in during the night, it wasnt a day event, and we felt there was no one here to fight for our rights, said Kettie Kamwangala, the country director of Medobal Health, a company that provides healthcare solution in partnership with Malawian businesses and the nations Society of Medical Doctors to offer direct access to expert surgeons in India. This year, we had our eyes opened and we made sure that we were included from the beginning of the process in the printing of the ballots which was done in Dubai, Kamwangala said. As she sat alongside her colleagues, each of whom joined her in monitoring this years election, Kamwangala spoke favorably of authorities who worked to ensure that there was no interference with the election process, particularly making certain that ballots were (Cont. on Page A-3)

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