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With the hood propped up again on Vickie Hull’s 1996 champagne-colored Dodge Caravan, Corona del Sol High School Automotive Technology teacher Larry Huff shook his head. It seemed Huff like that’s becoming a normal position for the vehicle to be in.

But hopefully by sometime next week, Hull’s van — now 178,000 miles strong — will be back on the road after Huff and some of the students in his third period class put their auto repair skills to the test to end nearly two months of waiting for Hull, who suffers from a chronic lung disorder.

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HAINES CITY – Randy Mearkley is taking off with his partner Cathy Schwartz this weekend for a trip to the Florida Keys, thanks to the California-based Dream Foundation.

Mearkley has terminal cancer and chose the Keys when he was nominated by a radiation therapist at the Central Florida Cancer Treatment Center in Haines City.

Julie Engroff, a sales person for Genentech, a biotech pharmaceutical company that sells cancer treatment drugs, presented the gift at a little party given for Mearkley Friday.

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The Dream Foundation–On Sunday, May 6, the Cleveland Indians partnered with The Dream Foundation to make a dream come true for one patient. The Dream Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their families
who are battling life-threatening illness. Indians’ pitcher Justin Masterson stopped by to talk to the family and offer some words of support and Indians outfield Shin-Soo Choo also stopped by to take some photos and signed and gave the family the bat he used for batting practice that day.

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Cuyahoga Falls — Disney World is touted as “the place where dreams come true.” One local father hopes a visit there will shift his family’s focus from doctors and diagnoses to memory-making fun.

Bill Coughlin, 33, has stage four metastatic colon cancer. His wife, Sarah, says a customer at work told her about the Dream Foundation, a nonprofit company based in California which grants the wishes of adults facing life-threatening illnesses.

“We’re close and she knows the battle we’ve been going through since Bill was diagnosed.” Sarah says. “Life is an emotional roller coaster around here. I told her, ‘I wish there was something he could have to look forward to when he goes for treatment.’ I’m trying so hard to keep his spirits up.” Her friend urged her to apply for a Dream Foundation wish.

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Messages of compassion presented through colorful floral bouquets and bright smiles are among the many ways that a distinctive Dream Foundation program called Flower Empower lets locals know that the community cares.

Since 1994, a group of volunteers has gathered each Saturday at the downtown Santa Barbara Farmers Market, 232 Anacapa St., to skillfully prepare an average of 75 to 100 bouquets using donated flowers from local growers.

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