Future NNU athlete Lexi Sarver overcame cancer to compete in track and field. (HeraldNet photo)
Nazarenes in the News: May 25, 2012
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Future NNU athlete overcomes cancer
Arlington, Washington

(HeraldNet, May 24) Later [Thursday], Arlington senior Lexi Sarver will try for a coveted championship at the Class 4A state track and field championships in Pasco.

But regardless of the outcome, Sarver is already a winner in a personal bout with much higher stakes.

Sarver, a discuss thrower and three-time state meet participant, was born with neuroblastoma, an extremely rare form of cancer in children, many of them infants. In Sarver's case, she was stricken at birth. She was diagnosed at one month, underwent surgery at one year to remove a large tumor from her stomach, and endured chemotherapy during the next five years before finally being declared a cancer survivor.

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Church supports mission project
Cayuga, Indiana

(Commercial News, May 21) A small western Indiana church has a big connection with missions in Jamaica.

Cayuga Church of the Nazarene has been sending work crews to Jamaica for several years, according to Don Morgan, pastor of the church.

“We purchased eight acres and it is owned by the Nazarene church,” Morgan said. “It was our vision to bring the Nazarene church to the Caribbean.”

Jamaica is about 90 miles south of Cuba.

A main building was constructed with a dormitory setting in the basement, so that the site can be used as a summer camp. The auditorium still needs to be finished. The walls are up, but they need to finish the roof.

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Galesburg native Joe Peachey creates phone app game
Galesburg, Indiana

(The Register-Mail, May 24) Joe Peachey learned the skills to develop a game app for iPhones and iPads while earning his master’s of science degree in computer science at Western Illinois University. But, real-life lessons he learned as a child started him on the path on which he is now traveling.

The Western Shootout game app can be downloaded for 99 cents on the iTunes App store. It is more than just a game. The slogan of his company is “Play with a Purpose.” Half of the proceeds of the shootout/shooting gallery game will be donated to the National Brain Tumor Society.

For the rest of the story about the Olivet Nazarene University alumnus, click here.

Teen: Diabetes is a shocker
Institute, West Virginia

(The Charleston Gazette, May 20) The choir's up front in the Nazarene church, Saturday morning, running through a version of "Glory to the Lamb." Pastor James Patterson is plucking rhythm on the bass guitar. His teenage grandson, Donovan Patterson, adds jazz organ riffs.

Donovan's fingers wander over the keys. He closes his eyes and smiles.

His grandfather has had type 2 diabetes for 20 years. At 16, Donovan is new to it. He was diagnosed last year.

"It's just kind of there in the back of my head now," he said. "It's there, always there, that thought: I'm stuck with diabetes for the rest of my life."

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Vallivue High School graduate Alyssa Faulks plans to continue volunteer work
Nampa, Idaho

(Idaho Press-Tribune, May 23) When Alyssa Faulks has time on her hands, she puts them to work helping others.

Throughout high school Faulks has spent her weekends and school breaks volunteering for various organizations, including the Salvation Army, the Break Through homeless project and her church Sunday school.

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