COLERAIN TWP. - Asia Miller is Miss December, but she's not a supermodel.
The 3-year-old Colerain Township girl, who received a heart transplant in December 2000, is just one of the people touched by organ donation to appear in LifeCenter's first calendar.
"We were given a gift that simply cannot be paid back, and the only way we can show our gratitude for that is to tell her story," said Dawn Miller, Asia's grandmother, who has taken care of her since her birth, at 31/2 pounds, nine weeks early.
Asia waited three months in the hospital for her heart, and then a 5-month-old boy in Iowa named Cole Hollenbeck stopped breathing.
The LifeCenter Organ Donor Network calendar is designed to help raise awareness and pay tribute to Tristate residents who have given and received the "gift of life."
To purchase a calendar, call Tyrha Lindsey at 961-5200, ext. 14.
Peppers to be honored
John Pepper, the former president of Procter & Gamble Co., and his wife, Francie, will receive the inaugural Jenkins Award from the Seven Hills Neighborhood House, for their commitment to youth and community service.
The Seven Hills Neighborhood House is a social service agency that serves 7,000 single mothers, children and elderly in the West End, East End and Lincoln Heights. Dr. Jerome Jenkins, for whom the award is named, led the agency for 20 years.
Tickets are still available for the fund raiser at 6 p.m. Thursday. Call 632-7111 for more information.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays presented Rainbow Achievement Awards to individuals who have made significant contributions in the areas of advocacy, education and outreach to the local community.
This year's recipients were: Caitlin Arnest of the Walnut Hills Gay/Straight Alliance; Rev. Jerry K. Hill, minister of Clifton United Methodist Church; Joan Lang of the Cincinnati Men's Chorus; Worley Rodehaver, publisher of Greater Cincinnati's Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender News; Mindy Sandfort of Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network; and Kathy Y. Wilson, columnist for CityBeat.
The Gene Schmeling Advocacy Award was presented to Lyndsay Schaeffer, a graduate student in molecular genetics at the University of Cincinnati. She was co-chair of the GLBT Youth Summit at Northern Kentucky University, and serves on the board of the Youth Guardian Services e-mail support network.
To submit an item, call 755-4165.
Purcell Marian High School sophomores Joe Brumm and Lauren Froh were named student volunteers of the year by the Cincinnati Park Board.
Brumm, 16, of Mount Lookout, and Froh, 16, of Symmes Township, both volunteered at the Krohn Conservatory Spring Butterfly Show. Both said they enjoyed the work at the show, volunteering once a week for the six-week show by putting sugar water on the fingers of visitors to attract the butterflies.
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