This past year has represented both down-on-their-knees heartache and great joy for Ron and Jean Kopp, their daughter and son-in-law Meghan and Ben Schultz, and their extended family.
First the good news: The Schultzes welcomed the birth of a son, Liam.
Now the bad: Meghan had been diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 25 weeks’ pregnant.
She was closely monitored by Cleveland Clinic doctors and underwent brain surgery in February, after the birth of her healthy baby.
Surgeons discovered a Grade III tumor, for which Meghan is receiving both radiation and chemotherapy.
The family is optimistic. But it’s a long journey up that hill to wellness.
What the family also discovered is that little is known about this type of brain tumor, Jean Kopp said, because of its rarity. That’s why the Kopps have embarked upon a voluntary journey of their own, to raise funds for much-needed research.
On Sept. 15, they will host a fundraiser, Toasting a Brain Tumor Breakthrough, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fairlawn Country Club.
“This is our attempt at turning a negative situation into a positive one,” Kopp said.
You must reserve in advance by mailing your checks — $100 per person — by Sept. 10.
Make checks out to the Cleveland Clinic with “Brain Tumor Institute Research/Education Fund” on the memo line and mail to Ron and Jean Kopp, 2444 Lancaster Road, Akron, OH 44313. Donations are also welcome.
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Mary Ryan Fuller’s recent 99th birthday party was as animated as she is, as is the book she wrote several years ago recounting her elementary school years and more: Sit Down Mary Ryan, You’re a Catholic.
Mrs. Fuller is widowed with four children, 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, and formerly taught third grade at St. Vincent Elementary School.
She has resided for nearly 25 years at Alpha Phi Alpha’s Williams Tower, where she still leads the exercise program (when she’s not traveling, that is) and is active on the tenants council.
Her son Tom Fuller shared some of her expressions that have motivated her children:
“Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t!”
“We don’t have much, but you kids are clean and you’re smart!”
And the one that exemplifies her life:
“There’s a dance in the old girl yet.”
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com.