Saturday, October 4, 2003

Howard: Good Things Happening


Gunshot victim makes progress

Allen Howard

Progress for Greg Perry comes one step at a time.

Perry, paralyzed from the chest down by a gunshot in 1996, has endured spinal reconstructive surgery and years of painful therapy and workouts.

But he is making progress, day after day, in regaining his ability to walk.

[IMAGE] Greg Perry of Silverton has been paralyzed from his chest down since a gunshot injury in 1996.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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"I still have a long way to go to reach my goal," said Perry after having the surgery in August 2001. "What I am doing now is just training. I am determined to walk normal again. I will accept nothing less."

Perry walks with a walker and special shoes. After surgery, he started with one step, then two and on and on. Now he is able to take 200 steps, he said.

"It all depends on how tired I get. Some days, I might take 44 steps in one way, turn around and take 44 steps back. I keep building it day by day," Perry said.

Roy Mangham and his daughter, Darlene, help Perry with his walking at their home in Mount Airy.

Reservist to return

Jason Peng, a full-time firefighter/paramedic with Miami Township in Clermont County, is expected to return home today after seven months in the Middle East.

Peng, 29, a Navy reservist, worked as a medic with a Marine division from Detroit.

The Mount Repose man was deployed in March, three days after he and wife, Robin, 30, learned they were going to have a baby. Robin's due date is Nov. 12.

"He's coming home if I have to buy him a plane ticket," she said Thursday. Her husband returned to the States last weekend but has been stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., awaiting release from active duty.


ACADEMIC ALL-STARS

Honors program

Taylor High School graduate Jessica Dreier has been accepted into the honors program, College of Allied Health Professions, at Ohio State University.

Cum laude grads

Joseph Sexton graduated magna cum laude with a master's degree in forestry ecology from Utah State University, Salt Lake City. The Purcell Marian High School graduate was awarded a grant by Duke University, Durham, N.C., to pursue his doctorate.

Timothy Sexton graduated summa cum laude with a double major in history and German from the University of Florida, Gainesville. The St. Xavier High School graduate was named a 2003 Fulbright Scholar.

They are the sons of Kathleen and Patrick Sexton of Loveland.

To submit: call 755-4165.


GOLDEN GALAXY NOMINEES

On Oct. 22, winners of the annual Golden Galaxy Awards will be announced. Students are nominated in one of 11 categories based on their talents, and how they use them. Profiles of the 55 nominees appear beginning today.

Name: Mary Kate Behan

Age: 17

School: Mount Notre Dame High School.

Community: West Chester.

Category: Art

Parents: Michael and Judith Behan

Mary was nominated for work in art and many other activities in her community.

Name: Sarah Dunn

Age: 17

School: Ursuline Academy.

Community: Kenwood

Category: Art

Parents: Jim and Connie Dunn

Sarah organized the painting of a mural at Hughes Center High School.

Name: Elizabeth Kern

Age: 17

School: Wyoming High School

Community: Wyoming

Category: Art

Parents: Randall and Nancy Kern

Elizabeth won recognition from the National Students Metals Exhibition, the Regional Scholastic Art Awards and KnowledgeWorks Foundation.




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