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Former Cancer Nurse Fights the Disease Herself

Advances in the treatment of breast cancer are happening daily, and one area that shows great promise is the individualization of care.  I met a Henderson woman who's in a unique position to realize the extent that breast cancer care has improved.

Sixty-nine-year-old Sharon Fuller is well aware of how far cancer care has advanced. She was a cancer nurse long before she became a cancer patient.  She has stage four metastatic breast cancer that's HER-2 positive. She told me, "Being an oncology nurse, I knew stage four was not good and when I first practiced, when you had stage four, you died within a year."   

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Consumer Reports Ranks Southern Nevada Hospitals

Consumer Reports Ranks Southern Nevada Hospitals

A report released Thursday by Consumer Reports rated hospitals around the country.

The magazine looked at 11,000 hospitals. They were rated on six categories, including infections, serious complications, death rate and re-admissions. In southern Nevada, St. Rose Dominican San Martin had the seventh lowest score in the country. It received 24 out of 100. 

In a statement to 8 News NOW, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals said consumers need to be informed about where data used to evaluate hospitals is coming from. The company also said: "Quality improvement is an on-going process. By working in partnership with our patients, our visitors and our community, we are constantly improving the safety and quality of patient care for all."

The hospital group also pointed out it was the first hospitals in southern Nevada to provide quality information on its website.

Olympic Synchronized Swimming Duet to Perform in Henderson

Olympic Synchronized Swimming Duet to Perform in Henderson

The U.S. Olympic synchronized swimming pair will show off their Olympic routines during two exhibitions at Heritage Park Aquatic Complex in Henderson.

The first performance will feature Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva’s technical routine. It will be at 3 p.m. Friday, July 13. The second performance will feature the pair’s free routine. It will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14. This will be the duet’s last performance in the United States before heading to the Olympic Games in London.

The exhibition will be part of the U.S. Open Synchronized Swimming National Championships. Tickets for the performances are available at the door. They are $1 for children 2 to 17 years old and seniors, and $2 for adults. 

Killman and Koroleva will compete in London August 5 through 7 at London’s Olympic Park Aquatics Centre. The team has already won a silver medal in the 2011 Pan American Games.

Battle of the Bands Part of Henderson Fourth of July Celebration

Battle of the Bands Part of Henderson Fourth of July Celebration

 

A battle of the bands will be part of Henderson’s Fourth of July celebration this year.

High school bands from around southern Nevada signed up for the competition. Five of them were selected to play in front of the Independence Day crowd.

The battle will be from 6 p.m. to 7:35 p.m., at Mission Hills Park, 551 East Mission Drive. The winner of the competition will get a $1,000 gift card to Guitar Center.

For a schedule of other events in Henderson on the Fourth of July, go to hendersonlive.com.

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Adelson Hospice Collects Back-to-School Items for Kids in Need

Adelson Hospice Collects Back-to-School Items for Kids in Need

The largest nonprofit hospice in southern Nevada is the drop-off point for a back-to-school drive for two elementary schools.

Nathan Adelson Hospice will be collecting all kinds of back-to-school items from now until August 22. The hospice will donate the items to students at Taylor Elementary, 144 Westminster Way, Henderson, and Sunrise Acres Elementary, 211 North 28th Street.

They are looking for backpacks, paper, crayons, markers, glue sticks and anything else that a child would need for a typical school year. The items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., at the following locations:

Eldorado Casino Marks 50th Anniversary

Eldorado Casino Marks 50th Anniversary

A landmark casino in downtown Henderson is marking its 50th anniversary this Sunday.

The Eldorado Casino, 140 South Water Street, Henderson, opened its doors July 1, 1962. It was the first venture of Sam Boyd and his son Bill. It was the beginning of what is now Boyd Gaming.

The casino will celebrate its anniversary with a party starting at 3 p.m. Sunday. The party will feature a champagne toast, cake and special giveaways. The casino will also be using limited-edition, commemorative $5 gaming chips.

The property will also kick off several promotions that will go on throughout the rest of the year, including 50 cents specials on at the snack bar. They will also be giving $50 bonus cash to any customer in the bingo hall who wins a game on a “G-50.”

High School Senior Chosen for American Legion Boys Nation

High School Senior Chosen for American Legion Boys Nation

A young man from Henderson will be heading to Washington D.C. for a hands on lesson in government.

Seventeen-year-old Joshua Graham has been chosen for the American Legion Boys Nation. He is one of only 98 high school students from around the country to be chosen. Graham, and another representative from the state, will spend a week learning about government. They will visit historic sites, participate in forums and learn from lawmakers about the federal government.

Graham was chosen because of his leadership skills, academic record and his participation at the American Legion Boys State.