Lexi Hack, a senior at Glenelg High School, was recently recognized for her inspiring story by Renee Foose, the superintendent of the Howard County Public School System.
As a child, Lexi's legs were not properly aligned and it was painful for her to walk. Doctors thought she would grow out of it, but finally performed surgery when Lexi was 8 years old. Years of physical therapy and acupuncture to help with the pain followed that first surgery but she was still not able to run and Lexi had a dream of playing field hockey. Finally, Dr. John Herzenberg, from Sinai Hospital, thought he would be able to straighten her legs, but needed a study to be done before he could perform the surgery. Insurance wouldn't pay for the study, but the Save-A-Limb Fund at Sinai did, plus all of the costs not covered by Lexi's insurance.
The surgeries at Sinai over the next two years were successful and Lexi's legs are now straight. She can run and is no longer in pain. She hopes to play field hockey in college, but is happy to be able to run with her dog and her brother.
Lexi wanted to repay the fund which helped change her life so that someone else could benefit. She contacted Justin Berk, the meteorologist and founder of the Cool Kids Campaign which helps children fighting cancer. Justin has a Faith in the Flakes design for T-shirts that celebrates snow. Lexi asked if she could sell Faith in the Flakes T-shirts to raise money for the Save-A-Limb Fund. Justin had a better idea. The artist who created the first design drew a new one celebrating Faith in the Flowers. The slogan was, "Because flowers grow back, but limbs don't, so we need to save what we have." The T-shirts were a big hit, raising $2,696 for Save-A-Limb.
At the end of September, Lexi participated in the Save-A-Limb Fund Fest at Oregon Ridge Park, the organization's annual bike riding and walking fundraiser. Thanks to Faith in the Flowers, Lexi was one of the top fundraisers. If you would like to contribute to the fund, or just learn more about the great work being done at the Rubin Institute at Sinai Hospital, go to http://lbh.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1070&pg=entry.
The Howard Astronomical League's Public Star Party in September was very successful. About 125 people enjoyed great views of the moon, Saturn, Mars and the Ring Nebula before clouds moved in and covered the sky. The next star party will be Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Alpha Ridge Park, beginning at sunset. This is a great chance to learn about HAL while you look at the night sky. For more information go to https://www.howardastro.org/index.php
There are some fun activities, ranging from genealogy to chemistry to costume parties, being offered at the Glenwood Branch of the Howard County Library this month. You must register for any of these sessions online or by calling 410-313-5577
October is Family History Month. You can learn how to use Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest and other research tools to uncover your family's past in "It's All Relative". This one-hour session is offered on Friday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m., or Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.
October also brings Halloween and the chance to dress as your favorite character. Children ages 2 through 6, with an adult, can celebrate a Sesame Street Halloween at "The Count's Fall Spook-tacular." Stories, activities, refreshments and a craft will entertain everyone at this half-hour class. Register for one session. The sessions are offered on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 11:30 a.m.
Youth ages 3 to 7 years old can dress-up for stories, dancing, games and refreshments at the "Monster Mash Ball." This half-hour party will be Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. or Monday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m.
For more information about these and the many other classes offered at the Glenwood Branch, go to: http://hclibrary.org/classes-events/