EHS student Alex Thomas ’17 and alumnus Kevin Thomas ’15 have made a special appeal to Edgewood alumni in Madison for your help in giving the gift of life. As youth coordinators for the American Red Cross Blood Donor Club at Blessed Sacrament Parish they have organized a blood drive in honor of Patrick Wall ’76 on August 4. The goal is 50 units for this drive.
Patrick was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia
and was lucky enough to find a donor match within his family and had a bone marrow
transplant in April.
you are in the Madison area, please donate blood at this local drive
and show your support for both Patrick and the Red Cross. You can sign
up in advance by entering sponsor code BlessedSacramentMdsn at redcrossblood.org.(While walk-ins are welcome, signing up ahead of time will help the Red Cross send adequate staff to help prevent delays.)
drive will take place on Tuesday, August 4 in the Friary Room at
Blessed Sacrament School, 2112 Hollister Ave. in Madison, from 10:00
a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The need for blood donations goes up significantly during the summer months as many regular donors are traveling, while the need for emergency care often goes up and for chronic care transfusions remains constant. If you live elsewhere in Wisconsin or the country, please watch for area blood drives as they are held in your area and contribute. Nationwide,
someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will
need contributed blood at some point in our lifetime. Only volunteer
donors can fulfill the need for patients in our community.
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This hilarious, musical satire examines a world where corporations
have control over even the most fundamental of rights...the right to
pee. As you can imagine, a revolution ensues and songs and dances
abound in this show that was nominated for the Best Musical Tony Award in 2002 and won the Tonys for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Direction of a Musical, as well as the Theatre World Award.
The House Theatre is Edgewood’s summer drama program, open to all, but esepcially designed to give alumni a chance to continue following their interest in acting and stagework. EHS alums involved in the show include Jack Buettner ’14, Dylan Todd ’14, Kate Goodwin ’11, Bee Lauer ’14 and Jake Prine ’14.
Connor and Clint designed a t-shirt that looks stylish but allow unique pocket access for chemotherapy.
Connor ’09 and Clint ’01 Cosgrove have been earning a lot of attention lately. Last October, the
brothers created and launched ComfPort, a line of fashion-forward
t-shirts designed to alleviate discomfort during cancer treatment by
including functional pockets that open for access.
Connor, who attended the University of Minnesota and was on the football team there, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2010 and, after undergoing chemotherapy, was declared cancer-free in December 2013. He says, “During my first chemotherapy, I immediately noticed how uncomfortable it was—obviously to be receiving chemo—but also because I had to take my shirt off at least to get this port accessed,” Connor told Yahoo Sports. “And when I put my shirt back on, the IV line was being pulled side to side by my movement because the shirt would clamp onto it. Immediately it was a problem that I wanted to fix.”
“When you are diagnosed with cancer, many of life's comforts, and much of your identity, are stripped from you,” he wrote. “Simple things like being at ease, and the ability to dress like you normally would can quickly become a distant luxury. We didn’t want people to feel like they had to dress different just for the sake of getting treatment. So, we built a shirt that we would wear outside of the hospital.”
The brothers took their business to Kickstarter in April 2015, and have since raised more than $38,000 to fund their project. For every t-shirt they sell, the brothers will donate one shirt to a cancer patient, Connor notes on their Kickstarter page. To support the project, click here or visit facebook.com/Comfport.
The story has also attracted attention in larger markets like Chicago, where the Tribune ran a story on Connor’s experience and the brothers’ business venture, and People Magazine, who ran a story in June.