90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference

90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:41 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Dr. Bill Neches, Hosting Heart Camp for Kids

Dr. Bill Neches
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Read and listen to a story about Dr. Bill Neches and the Heart Camp for Kids as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

For one special week, Camp Kon-o-Kwee is taken over by a group of very excited campers.  

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Judy Bannon, Providing Cribs For Kids

Judy Bannon
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Read and listen to a story about Judy Bannon as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

In 1992, research revealed that sleeping babies should be put on their backs instead of their stomachs. That discovery lead to a 50 percent drop in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Karissa’s Army, Raising Domestic Violence Awareness

Jamie Brown and Alisha Maria King of Karissa’s Army
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Read and listen to a story about Karissa’s Army as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Karissa Kunco was a cheerful, optimistic 21-year old with many friends, a close family and dreams of someday being a pharmacist.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Joe Lagana, Providing Equal Opportunities For Homeless Children

Joe Lagana
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Read and listen to a story about Joe Lagana as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

While many look to retirement as a time to relax, golf or travel, Joe had other plans.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri June 27, 2014

How Jeremiah’s Place is Helping Kids in Crisis

Eileen Sharbaugh, Dr. Lynne Williams, Dr. Tammy Murdock (left to right) of Jeremiah's Place.
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Read and listen to a story about Jeremiah’s Place as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

It’s called Jeremiah’s Place, a crisis nursery where children from birth up to age six can go for a few days while their family is dealing with a crisis of any kind.  

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Jamie Holmes, Making Dreams Come True

Jamie Holmes
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Read and listen to a story about Jamie Holmes as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Can you imagine spending your entire life in and out of hospitals, having to go through 45 major operations by the time you’re only 26 years old?   

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Miss Bertie, Miss Mary and Miss Dee, Volunteering No Matter What

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Read and listen to a story about Miss Bertie, Miss Mary and Miss Dee as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

They may all be 80-something, but Miss Bertie, Miss Mary and Miss Dee certainly are not resting on their laurels.  

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Kathleen Hower, Sharing Life-Saving Medical Supplies

Kathleen Hower
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Read and listen to a story about Kathleen Hower as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

It was an idea Kathleen and two friends had more than 25 years ago: to gather perfectly viable medical supplies that were no longer needed or used, and get them to hospitals that were in dire need of them, here in Pittsburgh and internationally.  

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Ruth Ann Dailey, Beautifying Her Neighborhood

Ruth Ann Dailey
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Read and listen to a story about Ruth Ann Dailey as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Up until about five years ago, East Deuschtown was peppered with vacant lots, dilapidated houses and was a haven for drug dealers.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
10:22 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Alan and Diana Williams, Opening Their Home And Their Hearts

Alan and Diana Williams
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Read and listen to a story about Alan and Diana Williams as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

For almost 40 years, Alan and his wife Diana have been opening their hearts and their loving home to almost 40 foster children.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Noah Hertzman, Baking Bread To Feed The Hungry

Noah Hertzman
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Read and listen to a story about Noah Hertzman as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Back when he was six years old, when most kids his age could not comprehend the meaning of food insecurity, Noah understood exactly what that meant.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri May 9, 2014

In Helping Refugees, Pitt Students ‘Keep It Real’

The “Keep It Real” program tutors and mentors Somali Bantu refugees throughout the Pittsburgh area.
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Read and listen to a story about the "Keep It Real" program as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

With all the pressures that students have in college these days — hard course loads, maintaining good grades and even finding time for fun, you would think they would have little time for anything else.  

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Meet Mary Savage, The 'Flower Lady' Of Homewood

Mary Savage
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Read and watch a story about Mary Savage as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Four decades ago, then 40-year-old Mary was working as the community relations director at the Carnegie Library in Homewood when she noticed a safety hazard across the street.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
8:03 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Denise Zellous, Helping Other People Excel

Denise Zellous
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Read and listen to a story about Denise Zellous as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Molested when she was 8 years old, Denise turned to drugs and promiscuity at a very young age.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Fred Massey, Changing Lives Of Troubled Youths

Fred Massey
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Read and listen to a story about Fred Massey as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Fred Massey created a mentoring program that not only changed the lives of so many troubled youths, but also changed his life.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Joyce Rothermel, Following a Calling to Feed the Hungry

Joyce Rothermel
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Read and listen to a story about Joyce Rothermel as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

A study that was done in 1977 at the University of Pittsburgh on the instances of hunger in Allegheny County documented 48,000 people experiencing hunger — that is, going without food for a 24-hour period.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri March 28, 2014

How Jim and Susan Wagner Are Training Dogs For The ‘Perfect Fit’

The Wagners have placed 15 dogs in the past two years and have many in training. The puppy raisers who take on these dogs gather once a month for a training class.
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Read and watch a story about Jim and Susan Wagner as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Jim and Susan have turned their love for dogs into helping children with autism.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Al Mercer, Helping Vets Bridge The Gap To Civilian Life

Al Mercer
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Read and listen to a story about Al Mercer as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

As a veteran, the transition back to civilian life is wrought with challenges. Al understands that all too well and has made it his mission to help.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri March 14, 2014

No Stranger to Tragedy, Lueana Coward Helps Others Cope With Grief

Lueana Coward
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Read and listen to a story about Lueana Coward as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Lueana has faced tragedies unfathomable to any parent, but she has channeled her pain into helping others in the same situation.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

How Dr. Jim Withers Takes Medical Care to Pittsburgh's Homeless

Dr. Jim Withers makes his rounds.
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Read and listen to a story about Dr. Jim Withers as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

For more than 20 years, Withers has been making his rounds in a most unusual way as “The Pittsburgh Street Doctor.”

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Bob and Marilee Tudi, The ‘One Day Miracle’ Makers

Bob and Marilee Tudi
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Read and listen to a story about Bob and Marilee Tudi as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Imagine living without heat this winter. Sadly, many people do. But thanks to Bob and Marilee of McKees Rocks, the winter is much warmer for many in need.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
7:36 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Ray Leonard, Showing Compassion When Cancer Strikes

Ray Leonard
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Read and listen to a story about Ray Leonard as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

For women going through chemotherapy, many may think that hair loss must be the least of their concerns.

Quite the contrary, it can be one of the most traumatic aspects of chemotherapy: a loss of their identity and a clear reality of their disease.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Josh and Gab, Confronting Bullying Through Song

Josh Verbanets and Gab Bonesso
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Read and listen to a story about Josh Verbanets and Gab Bonesso as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Sometimes there’s no better way to get kids excited about something than through music. Add some laughter, and you’ve got the perfect combination.

That’s the Josh and Gab show.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
7:47 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Sophie Levitt, Making a Difference Through Technology

Sophie Levitt

Read and listen to a story about Sophie Levitt as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Eleven-year old Sophie knew she wanted to do a bat-mitzvah project that would make an impact on children’s lives. Thoughts of her cousin Marla, who is also 11 years old and has autism, sparked an idea.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
7:21 am
Fri January 24, 2014

How Emmai Alaquiva Is Giving Back Through Music

Emmai Alaquiva
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Read and listen to a story about Emmai Alaquiva as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Emmai is an award-winning  music producer and entrepreneur and has parlayed his accomplishments into mentoring kids, through hip hop music.

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