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A Massachusetts boy with an inoperable brain tumor has had a wish granted thanks to national attention generated on social media
Danny Nickerson, of Foxboro, simply wanted cards for his sixth birthday Friday. And well-wishers came through in a big way.
According to the Sun-Chronicle newspaper, the support so far has been overwhelming. He has already received more than 30,000 cards, 1,000 packages and more than 24,000 'likes' ... and he can expect many more as well-wishers have taken to social media to share his story and wish.
Danny's birthday is July 25, and all cards can be sent to the Nickerson's home addressed to Danny himself: Danny Nickerson, P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA 02035. More information is available on the Danny's Warriors Facebook page.
Here is a look at just some of the social media posts around Danny's wish, compiled by the Sun-Chronicle:Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:09:30 -0700
Unacceptably low numbers of teens are getting vaccinated for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which protects against cervical, throat and mouth cancers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC recommends boys and girls get three doses of the vaccines starting at age 11 or 12, but a study found only 57 percent of girls and 35 percent of boys, between the ages of 13 to 17, received at least one dose. (Via Getty Images)
Health officials are blaming pediatricians for the low numbers of vaccinations, saying not enough doctors are recommending the vaccination, so people aren't getting the shots. (Via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Doctors are missing an easy opportunity to vaccinate teens at the same time they get shots for things like pertussis, which sees a much higher rate in vaccinations—86 percent. (Via Getty Images)
"If we could raise HPV vaccine coverage to the same level as the pertussis vaccinations, we could prevent thousands of HPV-associated cancers every year," says the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat. (Via CBS)
Early studies of the vaccine led some to believe it contributed to an increased chance of blood clots, but LiveScience reports that was later debunked and the vaccine was deemed safe by researchers.
In fact, NBC points out cases of HPV-related cancers decreased by more than half since the vaccine was introduced in 2006.
The CDC says seventy-nine million Americans are currently infected with HPV and 14 million people become newly infected each year.Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:03:03 -0700
In a culinary world where many chefs become household names, Chef Chris L'Hommedieu was not a television superstar, but his leadership in some of the nation's most famous restaurants earned him respect from the best in the business and a devoted group of followers who are all mourning his passing.
L'Hommedieu, 44, lost his battle with a rare form of appendix cancer on Wednesday.
He had achieved what many aspiring young chefs dream of doing. He worked at Aqua, Michael Mina, and Thomas Keller's Per Se before he was tapped by renowned chef Nancy Oakes of Boulevard to head her new restaurant Prospect.
"He had a big personality. He was really well-liked in the chef community. Lot of fun. Great attitude and very creative guy," Oakes told KTVU Thursday.
L'Hommedieu worked with the best in the business. His photo appeared in articles, such as a 2009 Haute Living piece on top San Francisco chefs, where he was profiled along with culinary superstars Thomas Keller, Gary Danko and Alice Waters.
"He was a rock star," said Joshua Thomas, the Prospect wine director who worked with L'Hommedieu during the chef's final months in the kitchen before leaving last year to receive treatment for cancer.
"Extremely driven, extremely talented...a huge presence in the kitchen. Myself when I heard he was coming to our kitchen I was overjoyed and excited," Thomas told KTVU.
"It's very devastating. I mean, it's definitely a loss for the culinary industry," said Francis Blum, a Prospect sous chef.
"He was very passionate about what he does. He took it very, very personally, He translated it so well through the kitchen, he brought everybody up and everybody wants to work for him everybody wants to be better," Blum said.
KTVU interviewed L'Hommedieu in 2007. He was the head of Michael Mina restaurant at the Westin St. Frances at the time when they won two coveted Michelin stars.
He told KTVU, "It was a goal for us to get any stars, let alone two. So knowing we have them, it's more of a motivator at this point."
Friends say Chef L'Hommedieu was a great motivator and mentor to an entire generation of younger chefs.
French Laundry owner and chef Thomas Keller tapped L'Hommedieu to work at Keller's New York restaurant Per Se.
A tweet from Chef Keller Thursday stated, "Chris was a quiet observer and fine teacher to the next gen of chefs. We thank him for his years of dedicated service."
Chef Oakes says she'll always remember his food and sense of humor.
"I loved his mushroom hollandaise," Oakes said, "But I think I'll remember him singing Hall and Oates songs. I think that's what I'll remember him for."
A tribute dinner and fundraiser is reportedly being organized for him in September.Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:17:47 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories