St. Luke’s Lutheran News

We are recommending that everyone wear a mask…..

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore, Sunday Worship, August 1, 2021, in person and live on Facebook @ 10:15 am @ Facebook.com/stlukesnb/.  

Due to new information from the CDC we are recommending that everyone wear a mask.  Communion will be shared using safe handling protocols.  All are welcome!

Plan now to join us on August 8, when we will welcome guest preacher Tammie Showalter, who will share her experiences working with deaf children in Haiti.

August Troop 315 Newsletter

Big plans for the scouts for GOST and the rest of the summer!

 

August Troop 315 Newsletter
 
Pictures are Rafting in 2018
 
 
Scouts;  We are very blessed at all the things our town and troop  represent.  At the end of every newsletter, I end with a quote from our founder Robert Baden Powell,  I do this to show that the basics in scouting are meant to have our boys grow up into productive , fine citizens who can pay it forward , showing the next generation of scouts the same courtesy that was shown them.  
 
Planning every meeting, every camp or outing is an exciting opportunity to work with each other to see everyone’s likes or dislikes and deliver a program that has our troop large and solid.  Your youth leaders are passing the torch to all the newest of scouts and for that , I am very proud of all of you.  That’s what makes the adults who support and participate wanting to volunteer .
 
Now that the pep talk is done.  I am happy all our leaders and parents are coming together at the Festival.  Hard work will pay off.  We do very well .
 
Reminder Festival workers schedule
 
Friday Setup
6:00 – 8:00    Kale & Fam & Aaron B. Fam & Vanlerbergs, Kline Fam.
 
Saturday
10:00 – 12:oopm  Joseph Fam & Boden Fam, Cole C & Fam & Isaiab B. Fam
12:00 – 2:00pm    Cole C. & Fam, Daniel Fam & Josh Fam & Jordan C.Fam
2:00 – 4:00pm  Joseph Fam & Boden Fam & Isaiah B Fam & Zack T.
4:00pm – 6:00pm Zack, Skyler L Fam, Jayden F & Fam & Billy T & Fam
6:00pm – 8:00pm  Skyler L, Rhys W. & Fam, & Jackman Fam.Jesse , Levi, Noah & Fam ?
8:00pm – teardown  J Coup Fam & Aaron B. Fam & Skyler L.
 
August 5-7  We’re Ready,  White Water Rafting
 
Bring spending money for 2 meals and souvenirs.  Tent, Sleeping bag,  Water shoes or grubbys to get wet,  They do have a shower house and swimming pool.  
 
Thursday
9:00am   Meet as scouthouse and pack trailers
9:30am   Depart to Pennsylvania
12:00pm  lunch in travel
3 – 4pm  arrive at Benners campsite
              we will set up camp, cook supper, swim and settle in for the evening
Friday
8:00am  Go to Cantina for breakfast
9:00am   Rafting on Middle Yough , Lunch on the river
3:00pm   return to base and sight see till supper
6:00pm  supper at Cantina
7:00pm   Back to camp
 
Saturday
8:00am  Breakfast at cantina
9:00am  breakdown camp at Benners and depart
12:00pm  lunch in travel
4:30ish  should be back to N.B.
 
Pemberville Free fair August 12- 15.  We are in charge of trash detail, on tractors and emptying cans throughout the day.  If I missed your sign up email.  Refresh my memory,.  Thanks,  We will need some parents to drive tractors during the event
 
Thursday 5 pm to 8pm
Friday  5pm to 9pm
Sat 12 – 4pm /  5pm – 9pm
Sunday  11 – 3pm & 3 – 7pm.
 
So Far            Friday 5-9   Boden & Joe
                       Saturday  12-4  Boden & Joe
                       Sunday 11-3  Skyler & Zack L.
 
August 21.  Cannon painting.
 
Although I haven’t heard since the Legion had asked.  There is a community service project penciled in for that Saturday where we will help renew the cannon at New Maplewood cemetery.  I’ll hopefully know more as they give me updates. Looking forward, The village also asked for us to paint fire hydrants so as this info gets to me I’ll let you all know
 
August 22.  PLC meeting
 
Scouts, your youth leadership will need to sit down and come up with the calendar of events for this year.  This need to happen so the , Then adult committee can approve and discuss program, finances, and membership at its meeting.  
 
Committee meeting
 
It’s been some time since we had one of these but adults who are registered need to schedule a meeting in early September for the items listed in the PLC meeting.  I’ll discuss with Mike Julien on a date for that. 
 
Quote from Lord Baden Powell
 
“Life would pall if it were all sugar; salt is bitter if taken by itself; but when tasted as part of the dish, it savours the meat. Difficulties are the salt of life.”
 
Shawn Benjamin
Scoutmaster

Boys Scouts Will Have Breakfast & Sandwich Food Stand GOST

Breakfast served 730 to 1030 am.

Local Boy Scout Troop #315 and Troop #337 will have a FOOD STAND at the Good Ole Summertime fest in front of the Fire Station.

Stop by and support your local troops. Thank You.

Breakfast will be served from 730am to 1030 am. Breakfast Sandwich and Biscuits and Gravy are on the menu.

With Burgers, Hotdogs and Shredded Chicken sndwiches after that…

Cub Scouts & Gleaners G.O.S.T. Bingo 2021

G.O.S.T. Bingo (1:00 pm to 6:00 pm) Prizes include:

G.O.S.T. Bingo
 
North Baltimore Cub Scout Pack #372 in conjunction with North Baltimore Gleaner Arbor #461 will again be hosting the GOST Bingo.
 
Bingo will run from 1 pm till 6 pm in the Fire Hall.
 
This year all games will be 3 bingo cards for $1.
 
Most games will be split the pot game with special Bingo’s approximately every half hour.
 
For the special Bingo games the prizes will be a $20 gift certificate to a local merchant and Gleaner items.
 
At 5:30 pm we will start a cover all bingo for the grand prize. Each participant will be limited to 3 cards only for the final bingo and the price will be $1 per card. The grand prize this year will be a $400 Lowe’s Gift Certificate and a Gleaner Stadium Blanket.
 
Children 15 and under must play with an adult.
 
All proceeds from the Bingo will go to Pack #372’s future activities.
 
This year all bingo cards and chips (corn) are disposable.
 
Upon paying for your initial cards and receiving your chips from the entry table you can join the next round that will be starting soon.
 
To continue playing your card you pay the person coming around to the tables, unless you want another set of cards to receive those they have to be purchased at the entry table.
 
We are trying to reduce the amount of contact for volunteers and participants.
 
Thank you.
 
G.O.S.T. Bingo (1:00 pm to 6:00 pm) Prizes:
 
1:00 pm – Mak and Ali’s Gift Certificate ($20)
1:30 pm – Midwood Gift Certificate ($20)
2:00 pm – Great Scott Gift Certificate ($20)
2:30 pm – Daily Queen ($10) and Fairy Garden Kit (N.B. Library)
3:00 pm – N.B. Nutrition ($20)
3:30 pm – Virginia Theater ($20)
4:00 pm – McDonalds ($20)
4:30 pm – Marathon ($20)
5:00 pm – McDonalds ($10) and Virginia Theater ($10)
5:30 pm – Lowe’s ($400) and Gleaner Stadium Blanket
 
Each gift card or certificate also comes with a Gleaner Life Insurance Item (blanket, cooler, pens, tumbler, koozie, etc.)
 
One Winner Per Game.
 
Bingo games in between the above times to split the pot. 1/2 to the Winner and 1/2 goes to North Baltimore Cub Scout Pack #372.

Virginia Theater Open for GOST 2021

Please remember to stop by the Virginia theater this weekend.

ALL SEATS ONLY $5!!!
 
July 31 thru August 8th Showtimes Friday 7pm. Saturday & Sunday 1/4/7pm
 
July 31 – Aug 8 Jungle Cruise
Aug 13 – 22 Free Guy
Aug 27-29 Suicide Squad —1 week only—
 
Sept 3 – 12 Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings
 
With Good Old Summertime coming up this weekend. We should remember the reason it exists. Back in its infancy. The festival was designed to attract downtown businesses to come out and share their craft and wares in a festival environment. I remember those days. The theater has always struggle to exist , having 5 owners in the past 30 years. We offer this go at it to the community.
 
With that in mind. Please remember to stop by the Virginia theater this weekend.
 
We will be open during the festival for a nice air conditioned movie , soda and popcorn.
 
We have lots of movie posters for sale and welcome carryout customers.
 
Parking in rear since Main St. will be closed
 
Jungle Cruise – – – comes to Virginia Theater this weekend July 31 thru August 8th Showtimes Friday 7pm. Sat/Sun 1/4/7
 
Dr. Lily Houghton embarks on a journey into the Amazon jungle to try and find an ancient tree with fabled healing powers. She hires Frank Wolff to take her on his boat and help her navigate the jungle.
 
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra (Director)
 
Writer: John Requa (Scriptwriter) Glenn Ficarra (Scriptwriter)
 
Cast: Emily Blunt Dwayne Johnson Jesse Plemons Paul Giamatti Édgar Ramírez Veronica Falcón

Deliver Flavor and Nutrition Despite Busy Schedules

These recipes require minimal prep….

(Family Features) As kids and parents return to busy schedules full of sports, homework and weeknight activities, building a plan for nutritious and easy meals can be challenging. Piecing together a menu that fuels active minds without spending hours in the kitchen is a common goal for many families.

These recipes require minimal prep and call for on-hand ingredients like dairy food favorites that provide nutrients people of all ages need to grow and maintain strong bodies and minds.

Whether you enjoy it together in the morning before getting the day started or mix it up with breakfast for dinner, this Sustainable Frittata is called “sustainable” because you can use leftover cheeses, veggies, ham, sausage and more to recycle ingredients you already have on hand.

For a customizable kid-pleaser, turn to Chopped Chicken Taco Salad and garnish with your family’s favorite toppings. When it’s time to put a twist on a classic while changing up your dinner routine, Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are perfect for putting something new on the table. Make supper a cinch with Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese, which lets you put the work in the hands of your slow cooker for a versatile dish that can be served when homework is finished.

Visit milkmeansmore.org to find more recipes perfect for bringing loved ones together.

Chopped Chicken Taco Salad

Recipe courtesy of Megan Gundy of “What Megan’s Making” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Dressing:

  • 1          cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3       cup buttermilk, plus additional (optional)
  • 1          tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice, plus additional (optional)
  • 3          tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2          tablespoons taco seasoning

Salad:

  • 2          pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2          tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          head leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1          avocado, chopped into bite- sized pieces
  • 1          cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1          cup corn
  • 1          pint grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1          cup shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or Mexican)
  • tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips, for topping
  1. To make dressing: In small bowl, stir yogurt, buttermilk, lime juice, cilantro and taco seasoning until combined. Taste and adjust lime juice and cilantro as needed. If dressing is too thick, add buttermilk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make salad: Season chicken on both sides with taco seasoning. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add chicken to pan and cook on both sides until outside is golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Remove to cutting board and slice into strips.
  3. On large platter, heap chopped lettuce. Sprinkle chicken over top. Add avocado, beans, corn, tomatoes and shredded cheese. Drizzle dressing on top and sprinkle with tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips.

Sustainable Frittata

Recipe courtesy of Jenn Fillenworth of “Jenny With the Good Eats” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 12        eggs, beaten
  • 1/4       cup whole milk, half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 2          cups shredded cheese, any variety
  • 3          cups assorted cooked vegetables and pre-cooked meats
  • fresh herbs, for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Preheat cast-iron pan or oven-safe skillet over medium heat.
  3. In large bowl, mix eggs, milk and salt then add shredded cheese.
  4. Add cooked vegetables and meats to pan to reheat. Once vegetables have softened, add egg mixture to pan and scramble. Let sit over medium heat 1 minute.
  5. Carefully transfer to oven and bake 10-15 minutes. Frittata is done when eggs have set. Remove from oven and top with fresh herbs.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Gurk of “Rachel Cooks” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Servings: 8

  • 16        ounces elbow pasta
  • 4          tablespoons butter
  • 3          ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2          cups whole milk
  • 12        ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/2       cup light sour cream
  • 2          large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4       teaspoon ground mustard
  • pepper, to taste
  • 8          ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8          ounces grated provolone cheese
  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and pour into large slow cooker.
  2. In small saucepan over medium heat, whisk butter and cream cheese until melted. Stir in milk, evaporated milk and sour cream; whisk until combined. Remove from heat; whisk in eggs, ground mustard and pepper, to taste. Stir in cheeses. Pour mixture over cooked macaroni and stir to combine cheese and pasta.
  3. Cover and cook 2 hours on low. Switch to warm until ready to serve.

Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Katie Serbinski of “Mom to Mom Nutrition” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 4          slices French or Italian bread
  • 3          tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 2          large roasted red peppers
  • 4          slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2          tablespoons butter, softened
  1. Preheat skillet or grill pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Spread insides of bread slices evenly with pesto. Stack red peppers and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Spread outer sides of bread with softened butter and grill until toasted and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes per side.
  4. Rest 1 minute before cutting.


SOURCE:
United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Ghanbari Announces Ohio’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday

This yearly event provides additional tax relief for Ohioans during back-to-school season….

COLUMBUS –State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) announced today(Wednesday) that Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday will begin Aug. 6 and last through Aug. 8.

The annual holiday is always popular with Ohioans, who don’t have to pay state sales tax on certain exempted items during the holiday.

“August is here and our children are soon heading back to school,” said Ghanbari. “As a father myself, I know parents can be hit with lots of expenditures during this time and I hope they take advantage of these discounts when they’re shopping for those school clothes and supplies.”

The holiday exempts clothing items priced up to $75, school supplies up to $20 and school instructional materials at $20 or less. Items for trade or business are not exempt during this holiday.

State lawmakers created the sales tax holiday as a yearly event to provide additional tax relief for Ohioans during back-to-school season.

There is no limit on the number of items, and the exemption is eligible for online purchases as well. With the challenges from COVID-19, online sales could be increasingly vital for some shoppers.

For more information about Ohio’s sales tax holiday and qualifying items, please visit the Ohio Department of Taxation’s website at https://bit.ly/OHSalesTaxHoliday.

Adopting a new cat?

 5 tips for new cat parents….

(BPT) – Welcoming a new cat or kitten into your home is an exciting event. However, like any new experience, it can feel daunting to prepare your home for your new furry family member. Now is the peak season for finding kittens and adult cats available for adoption, as it’s the height of the kitten season. And of course, there are always wonderful adult and senior cats in need of forever homes, all year round.

Cats make excellent pets, especially for those who live in apartments or other areas with limited green space, which would be needed for a dog. Cats are also an excellent option for those with limited mobility who are in need of companionship. If you are considering opening your home to a new cat, here are some tips to help make the transition easier — both for you and for them.

1. Prep your home ahead of time

Before you go to pick up your new cat or kitten, make sure you’re all set up with the appropriate supplies. Here is a quick checklist of things to do and buy:

  • Crate or carrier to safely bring home your new feline friend
  • Food dish and appropriate food for your kitten or adult cat
  • Water dish
  • Quiet area to set up food and water
  • Litter box, litter scoop and litter (if you have more than one cat, supply one box per cat so they have adequate space)
  • Cats are very curious, so remove breakables on shelves or tables that cats could access
  • Make sure you have no ductwork, HVAC registers or other holes that could be hazardous — or cover them up.

2. Choose a “starting room”

When you first introduce your cat to their new home, pick one room to isolate them for a few days so they can slowly get used to the new sights, sounds and smells of your home. It should be the same room where their litter box is kept, so they’ll know that location from the start. Make sure to supply your new furry friend with clean water and food.

After a few days in the starting room, gradually open up more rooms of the house so your cat can explore. If you’re introducing them to other animals in the house, do so very gradually. Let them get used to each other’s smells first by swapping rooms for several days, before allowing any supervised face-to-face interactions.

3. Offer them a cozy hideout

Cats love small, enclosed places where they’ll feel safe and secure. You can leave a cat carrier open or supply a cardboard box or covered cat bed. Make sure the box or carrier is big enough for the cat to stand up and move around in. Put down a soft blanket or towel to make the box comfy.

If possible, position the box or carrier so it faces the door to the room. That way they won’t be startled by people or other pets entering.

4. Set up their first vet appointment

After adopting a new cat, it’s always a good idea to have it checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible. You’ll want to immediately get a sense of health issues and any special care that may be required. If your cat is adopted from an animal shelter, they may have recommendations for vets in your area.

5. Let them come to you

A new cat will likely be nervous at first. Give them time to become accustomed to their surroundings without rushing them or pushing them to be affectionate. If you’re quiet and still, they are more likely to come out and visit. Teach your children to wait patiently for the cat to come to them — and they will be rewarded over time. If your children aren’t used to cats, make sure to supervise them the first few weeks.

You can gently coax your cat to interact with a fun feather toy or tempting treats, and it won’t be too long before they’re ready to socialize — and to show you how happy they are to be living in their welcoming new home.

Are you ready to adopt a new cat or kitten? Learn more about how you can support animal rescue efforts, foster or adopt a new pet at PetSmartCharities.org.

Plan a Memorable Family Reunion

Finding a date that works for everyone may be the biggest hurdle….

(Family Features) Family reunions this summer are sure to take on special meaning as families reunite after months apart. Organizing such a momentous event may feel like a lot of work, but thinking of it in smaller pieces can make it easier to manage.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Finding a date that works for everyone may be the biggest hurdle. Once that essential detail is set, start planning your family get-together with these tips from the travel experts at Vrbo:

Decide on a celebration style. Family reunions come in all shapes and sizes. You might plan a gathering for a single day with a big meal and plenty of time for chatting with relatives, or it may be a multi-day affair filled with activities that get all ages involved.

Pick the place. The location of your reunion depends on many factors. In some cases, families plan for a location that’s easily accessible for the majority, like a midway point or a city where a large branch of the family tree is rooted. Other families build reunions around the head of the family and plan the location around where the eldest members of the family reside. Still other reunions are destination getaways with multiple households in one vacation location.

Choose where you’ll stay. Figuring out what kind of lodging best suits your reunion depends on a variety of considerations, but the larger the group, the more challenging it can be. A vacation rental home may be an option when you’re bringing multiple families together under one roof or plan to stay for several days. Many vacation rentals even offer amenities like pools or hot tubs that can be enjoyed privately rather than shared with the rest of the resort or hotel guests. A tool like Vrbo’s Trip Board of reunion-friendly homes can help you find inspiration for a perfect place.

Plan activities. Depending on your family’s style, planning how everyone will pass the time may be a scheduled itinerary or a loose list of potential things to do. Either way, leave time for casual conversation and simply enjoying a few moments together, as well as lots of entertainment to keep kids occupied while the adults catch up.

Create a menu. From potluck to catering and everything in between, there are numerous options when it comes to feeding a reunion crowd. You might have everyone bring their own food, ask each family take turns serving meals or plan easy bar-style meals like tacos or walking nachos. It’s a good idea to coordinate your menu plans so you don’t waste food or have duplicate ingredients in the refrigerator. Remember to plan for extra snacks and desserts, too. Many homes available through Vrbo include access to refrigerators and fully equipped kitchens, making it easy to store extra food for the gathering.

Incorporate your heritage. What sets a family reunion apart from other types of gatherings is the focus on family. Make your reunion special by incorporating special aspects of your heritage, whether it’s a monogrammed centerpiece for the dining table or photos of multiple generations you scatter around the venue. Another idea for a multi-generational family reunion is a slideshow of photo memories set to music that plays as the precursor to a family movie night under the stars.

Find more inspiration and ideas for organizing your family reunion this summer at vrbo.com/reunion.

SOURCE:
Vrbo

What You Need to Know About Your Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Sometimes a new treatment being tested through a clinical trial may be recommended….

(Family Features) A lung cancer diagnosis can bring a host of emotions and questions, and “now what?” is one of the first. Assembling the right care team and creating a treatment plan designed uniquely for you is important to get you on the right track.

One of the first things to understand is that not all lung cancers are the same. Comprehensive biomarker testing can identify specific mutations (also known as genetic “drivers”) in your cancer called biomarkers. These mutations cause cancer to grow and spread in different ways.

Learn more about comprehensive biomarker testing and how it can help you uncover the appropriate treatment options available with this information from LUNGevity Foundation.

What is Comprehensive Biomarker Testing?

Comprehensive biomarker testing is used for people living with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to determine the presence of particular mutations or proteins in tumors. It is the first step in precision medicine and helps ensure a patient gets matched to the right treatment at the right time based on the cancer’s biomarker status.

This testing is a way for a health care team to gather as much information as possible about a patient’s unique NSCLC, ideally before treatment begins. To be comprehensive, biomarker testing must test for all biomarkers that are recommended for your type and stage of NSCLC, based on the most current clinical guidelines.

The results of these tests help determine whether any of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved NSCLC targeted therapies or a particular immunotherapy drug is right for you as part of the treatment plan. Sometimes a new treatment being tested through a clinical trial may be recommended based on which biomarker is found in the cancer. Comprehensive biomarker testing is most often used to plan treatments for advanced-stage NSCLC.

What Steps Should be Taken to Complete Comprehensive Biomarker Testing?

  • Talk: Knowing your biomarkers can help your health care team treat your unique type of NSCLC. The first step is to talk to your health care team about comprehensive biomarker testing so you don’t miss any potentially crucial information or treatment options. It is important to ask for comprehensive biomarker testing so your doctor tests for all recommended biomarkers. You’ll also want to explore whether comprehensive biomarker testing is covered by your private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid plan.
  • Test: Your medical team will test for all recommended biomarkers that could be causing your NSCLC to grow and spread. Comprehensive biomarker testing results can take four weeks or longer, but they can help your health care team understand more about your specific type of cancer.
  • Treat: Comprehensive biomarker testing results can help inform your individualized treatment plan and provide information necessary for your health care team to determine treatment options specific to your cancer type.

How is Comprehensive Biomarker Testing Done?

Tissue biopsies are the only way to confirm a diagnosis of lung cancer; they are also the standard way to detect driver mutations. There are many different biopsy techniques that can be used to obtain the tumor tissue.

After the tumor tissue is collected, it is sent to a laboratory for testing. In comprehensive biomarker testing, driver mutations in multiple genes are tested for at the same time, rather than one mutation at a time, including not only the ones with approved treatments, but also other known driver mutations.

This is because some of the driver mutations without currently approved treatments may have treatments being tested now or in the near future. Testing positive for a biomarker that currently does not have an approved treatment may make you eligible for a future treatment option or an available clinical trial.

Comprehensive biomarker testing results are analyzed by a pathologist and recorded in a pathology report. It is a good idea to get a copy of your pathology report for your own information and have it available to show other doctors, if necessary.

From Diagnosis to Making a Difference

Stephen Huff, a professional baseball player turned history teacher, was 29 and two months away from marrying the love of his life, Emily, when he was diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. He was in shock, but his fiancee and mother became advocates who learned about comprehensive biomarker testing.

His oncologist wanted him to join a clinical trial for an experimental treatment, but his family insisted they wait for the biomarker testing results before deciding on a treatment path. That’s how they learned he was ALK positive, a rare mutation that can be treated through targeted therapy.

Huff has been on the same targeted therapy for three and a half years. Since his diagnosis, he and Emily got married, bought a house and expanded their family.

Learn more and find additional resources at noonemissed.org .

Photos courtesy of Getty Images

SOURCE:
LUNGevity Foundation

Ways To Make Your Semi a Smoother Ride

For an effortless trip, invest in quality tires…..

Since truckers spend a lot of time in the driver’s seat, a smooth ride is essential. 

To travel easily for long distances, truckers need to make their vehicles as comfortable as possible. They need to make the journey as smooth as possible by reducing bumps and vibrations. While it’s almost impossible to eliminate these irritants entirely, you have plenty of different ways to make your semi a smoother ride.

Use Quality Tires

Truckers often underestimate the importance of quality tires. Tires provide the cushioning necessary for a smooth journey, so cheap ones can make a trip less comfortable and even dangerous. For an effortless trip, invest in quality tires.

Soften Suspension System

Another of the different ways to make your semi a smoother ride is to soften the suspension system. This is one of the most popular ways to make your ride smoother. To do this, you replace the shock absorbers with a new, lighter set. Then, you swap the spring with lower-rated leaf springs. For the best results, purchase adjustable shocks, which can decrease bumps and vibrations.

Lighten the Chassis

Occasionally, the chassis of the vehicle can make your trips rough and unpleasant. If you can, try to use lighter components made from materials like aluminum and carbon fiber. These lighter materials will make it easier to steer the vehicle and soften the impact from holes or rough patches on the road. 

Inspect the Engine

If your engine is running roughly, that may cause the vehicle to run irregularly. To keep your vehicle and engine running smoothly, inspect and replace your engine parts on a regular basis. When choosing your brand for engine parts, remember to research how caterpillar engine parts compare to their industry peers and more.

After following these steps, you’ll notice the improvement from your vehicle’s driver’s seat. The next time you drive a semi that runs roughly, be sure to use these tips for a comfortable and smooth ride.