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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-01-2021

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48 CUMBERLAND APRIL 1-7, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Not having monthly hospital vis- its and blood transfusions anymore means the family doesn't have to worry about potential infections or Izzy getting sepsis, Daisy said. "I can take care of her now like I take care of her two sisters." Throughout the decade-long jour- ney, Izzy was a trooper, not com- plaining about anything, her mom said. "Because she was so strong, it made my husband and me very strong," she said. "She didn't let any- thing get to her." When Daisy heard from Hasbro that Izzy was chosen as the 2021 Champion Child, she said she didn't know how to respond. "That's such a huge honor," she said. Izzy, mean- while, gave her a little smile and said, "I guess that would be cool." As the Champion Child, Izzy's story will be shared to help raise awareness, and she and her family will represent Hasbro for the year, helping to secure donations, at events such as its annual radiothon. Izzy told her mom that she thought sharing her story could help bring hope to other families and bring some light to kids in the same boat as her. The award is not only for Izzy, though; it's for her doctors and nurses who have been with her along the way, Daisy said, includ- ing Dr. Anjulika Chawla, nurse Jodi Lochotzki, social worker Cheryl Faucher, and Child Life Specialist Kelsey Mullen. "Everyone is wonder- ful at the clinic but it was these four individuals that helped us as we got to know Izzy's diagnosis. They became our support and encouraged us when we felt defeated and lost." "If it wasn't for the team at the Tomorrow Fund, I don't know how we would have gotten through what we had to get through," she added. Donating blood and so much more Throughout Izzy's journey, the family worked a lot with the Rhode Island Blood Center and became advocates for the nationwide Be The Match registry. When Izzy was 2 years old, she was a poster child for the Blood Center. "Don't take being a donor lightly," Daisy said. For her, strangers' dona- tions meant "seeing my daughter have a future (and) giving her a chance to live her life." She said she challenges everyone to be a part of that change and make their mark on the world by helping to improve somebody's future. "It doesn't matter who you give it to, you know you're doing something good to help people," Izzy said, add- ing to those that donated and helped her over the years: "Thank you." CHAMPION From Page 17 ISABELLE MIRZAEI Parks & Rec Commission plans April 24 parks clean-up CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Parks & Recreation Commission invites volunteers to participate in a parks clean-up day on April 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Properties to be included in the effort are the Monastery, Diamond Hill Park, the Tucker Athletic Complex and Valley Falls Heritage Park. Community volunteers work- ing with commission members will help with trash pick-up, woodland clean-up and other needed mainte- nance. "We have many acres of parks and athletic fields to maintain," said Chairman Alan Neville, "And we have placed a high priority on improving the overall look and care of our parks system. We are hope- ful that we will get a good turnout of volunteers to help at our event, and that we will make significant headway in preparing our parks and fields for the busy spring and sum- mer season ahead." To the extent that they have them, volunteers are asked to bring gardening tools and supplies with them, including rakes, spades, hoes, gardening gloves, etc. Supplemental supplies will be provided to vol- unteers who do not have access to these items. In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, volunteers must wear face masks during the event and remain socially distanced from people who are not in their immediate party. Commission members have con- ducted an inventory of work to be accomplished at each location and will serve as team captains at each site to register volunteers and orga- nize the work effort. "We want to be as efficient and productive as possible on the day of the event," said Dan Stevenson, commission vice-chairman. "We are very cognizant of the time con- straints and other commitments people have, and we are very appre- ciative of anyone who will take the time to assist us." Those wishing to volunteer may express their interest by emailing cumberlandriparks@gmail.com . All inquiries will receive a response with complete details about the event. Generally, volunteers will be able to state a preference as to the location where they wish to volun- teer, but some reallocations of vol- unteers may be required to ensure adequate coverage at each clean-up location. Commission members have reached out to school groups, youth athletic organizations, members of other town committees and local businesses for support as well. "Our field and parks system is used by a wide array of groups and organizations that span the generations," said Secretary Cheryl Gray. "We have been very pleased with the initial response we have received from the many stakehold- ers who are committed to assist in the care of our public spaces." t LincoLn 270 Front Street 401-724-5600 S ta c h u r S k i Pawtucket 1136 Newport Avenue 401-725-1115 www.c21Ski.com PROV: PRICE REDUCED: 3 Unit multi that is completely renovated. Place for business or rental income. Replacement windows, central air. Seven parking spaces on site. 2 residential units are rented. Office space can have many uses (hair salon, attorneys, accountants, barber, tattoo parlor). 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