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1996 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 bie Docke Family plans fund-raising events to pay for bone marrow transplant By MARy ANN HUGHES Message staff writer When Gayla Dockery that her daughter, Dockery, needed for a bone mar- raasplant, she really to do. a friend told her g ideas, to pursue them. an "All You Can held Jan. 20 at s restaurant. She "big SUccess" and planning for a card P.m. Feb. 5 at St. e. gotten quite a few she said, adding, and family members " things for a Ch- i, and a quilt has health egan in March of she discovered a breast. "I was day in addingm life," don't chemother. mastectomy She but during :-up, "they on UndermhYe: hess arm, her lung. raediately began m YCO 911 Conference chemotherapy, and recently finished her third round. She is now a candidate for a bone marrow transplant at Duke University, possibly as early as late February or early March. She explained that the proce- dure will use her own bone marrow. Doctors will harvest two-and-a-half quarts of bone marrow from her, and then she will undergo high dose chemotherapy, which will kill all existing bone marrow. The harvested bone marrow will then be infused back into her body. "At that time, you are sus- ceptible to infections and bleeding," she explained. "For several weeks, you undergo a lot of transfusions." She says she's had her "ups and downs" during the past two years, but is hopeful that enough money will be raised to allow her to undergo the bone marrow transplant. "It's frightening. The consent form is 20 pages long, and there is a 10 to 15 percent mor- tality rate." She is currently enrolled in a "Getting Well" class, which en- courages guided imagery and visualization. "I call it my 'brain-washing' school. It's about having a positive atti- tude. You visualize your white blood cells fighting the cancer, and some people even go into DEBBIE DOCKERY remission. "You use your mind, and it's" helped me a lot." The second recurrence of the cancer has been very difficult, she concedes, "because I never thought it would come back." The classes offer hope that "you can beat it, or at least live a happier life." Her spirits have also been lifted by the fund-raising ef- forts of her family. "A lot of people are helping that I don't even know." Donations may be made to the Debbie Dockery Fund at Citizens Bank in Evansville. et INC. IN 8 public schools. As a result of changes in 1995, the ISTEP program will provide for remediation and preventive remediation pro- grams offered in public schools that can be designed to func- tion within the school year. "The public schools now have the option to run their re- mediation programs during a regular class period or at an- other time during the school year. This leaves students in Catholic schools without an av- enue for remediation," said M. Desmond Ryan, executive di- rector of the Indiana Catholic Conference. State legislators will also consider a pilot scholarship program for Indianapolis pub- lic school students at risk of academic failure. House Bill 1295, authored by Rep. William A. Crawford, D-Indi- anapolis, would grant a maxi- mum of 300 scholarships to third and fourth graders in the IPS district who are at risk of academic failure. The scholar- @ HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded Insured Industrial, Commercial and Residential P.O. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstedt, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 I LinCo Coffee Services Total Beverage Distributor Indiana-Illinois-Kentucky 46 Varifies Of Coffees and Teas (._..WHATEVER YOUR TASTE, I WE CAN MATCH rr I  Washington 254-4409 | Evansville 4-1833 | I ships could be used at either a public or eligible non-public school. The bill emphasizes that the scholarships are directed to the students through their parents and not to the school where the student enrolls. Other legislation this year addresses the cost of textbooks for elementary and high school students with reimbursements and tax credits. For example, under SB 247, authored by Sen. Robert F. Hellmann, D-Terre Haute, schools would be reimbursed for providing free textbook sup- plies, and other required class fees to students on the basis of financial eligibility. In HB 1368, authored by Rep. Irene M. Heffley, R-Indianapolis, parents would receive a tax de- duction for their children's textbook rental fees. Textbook reimbursement is also one of the main points of the House Democrats' Hoosier Family Plan for giving back a portion of the state surplus to taxpayers. In their plan, Democrats support eliminating textbook rental fees paid by parents of children in elemen- tary and secondary schools by funding those purchases through the tuition support formula. Catholic Charities reports successful Giving Program Over 70 families were helped through the Christmas Giving Program" at Catholic Chari- ties, according to Wayne Bochert, coordinator. Each donor in the program was furnished with clothing sizes and a "Santa Wish List" for each child. Donors chose to deliver giRs personally or to have Catholic Charities make arrangements. Bochert expressed his appreciation to Msgr. Michael Wolf at the Pro-Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity for the use of the activities center where the giRs were stored and distributed. Jim Collins, director of Catholic Charities, thanked "all the donors, volunteers, coordinators and other participants who have made the program a heart-warming success." Center seeks large coats, mini-van On the wish list at St: Anthony Center for Family Life, Evansville, are =Large and X-Large warm men's coats" to be used by homeless men from the Day Shelter. The center also needs a used or new mini-van to pick up food and supplies. Contributions are tax-deductible. Outpost gearing up for 1996 camping season The diocesan camp, the Outpost, is seeking accreditation from the American Camping Asso- ciation, according to Mike Eppler, diocesan director of youth and young adult ministry. The accreditation process examines all areas of camp life, including program, health, safety, food preparation, marketing and promotions, Eppler said the mission of the Outpost is to "provide holistic spiritual formation programs that encourage leadership development and lead towards vocation discernment and aware- ness opportunities." Promise Keepers '96 registration is open A 1996 men's conference is scheduled at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, July 26 and 27, on the theme, "Break Down the Walls." "Promise Keepers" is an international Christian ministry for men. The registration fee, $60 per person, includes a box meal and an audio cassette. Call (800) 265-6023 to register, or (800) 888-7595 for information. IN NC. a school Lip program, are among Introduced in ture this 462, Co-authored S. Lubbers, R- Sen. Richard would for students in schools in their is available. .are determined because of on the to re- assistance, -ntly was pro. SUmmer at ,ana legislature looks at ISTEP, textbook reimbursements