Sunday, July 3, 2011

Shane and Wyatt’s Award Winning Story

The Times News has been with us documenting Shane and Wyatt’s journey from shortly after their birth on March 6, 2010.  A few weeks ago Karen Cimms and Amy Miller, both writers with the Times News won First Place in the Pennsylvania Associated Press Awards; one for Enterprise Reporting and one for Features.  Karen was also awarded Second place for Series Writing by the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association, Best of the Best Awards in the Daily News Writing Category.  Not to be left out, Bob Ford, Photographer, with the Times News was awarded Second Place from PAPME, Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Awards in Photo Story.  We are so proud of the work they have done and are thrilled with their awards on this story.  The story, “Down Syndrome – A Family’s Journey” can be viewed at: 
Our relationship with the Times News began shortly after Shane and Wyatt were born when I meet with Karen to explore the idea of sharing our journey.  I think she was interested and took the idea back to her Editor and Publisher. At the time, I only had a few nonnegotiable items and they were, be honest and accurate in reporting the story, educate others about the issues or medical conditions and advocate support for those who were also dealing with stressful medical issues.  I believe we have hit the mark with the chapters already written and will continue to do so in the chapters still to come.
Recently, Shane and Wyatt had the opportunity to visit the Times News in person and as a family we thanked some of the people responsible for helping us document this journey.  I want to again thank Fred Masenheimer, Publisher, and Bob Urban, Editor in Chief for all your support, a few extra papers and for making “Down Syndrome – A Family’s Journey” a permanent link for all those who visit the Times News web page.  Also, thank you to Dave Rowe, Graphic Designer, for making the story look so good in print and Len Alabovitz, Plant Manager, who  manages the press and for making sure the extra papers found their way to us.  Amy Miller had the responsibility for writing about the medical issues and procedures for the story.  Thanks Amy for interviewing the doctors and surgeons, even if when I was late in providing you their names and contact information.   I also hope you learned a thing or two about G-Tubes and Fundoplication Surgery.   
Thanks again to Karen for putting our thoughts and experiences through this journey on paper.  You are a part of our family now and we appreciate all the work you have put into documenting this for us.  I only have one question for you, “Why did your interviews with me last about 15 minutes and your interviews with Mary would run for hours?”  I guess you enjoyed her conversation better than mine?  LOL.  Bob, Thank you again for photographing the journey.  I know most of the photo’s you take will never be seen in print but we appreciate you spending so much time with us either at the hospital, Buddy Walk, Shane & Wyatt’s Christening or just around the house documenting a normal day.  Also, not a day passes without Jesse asking about you, as he says “Bob is MY friend.”
Thank You to the Times News and for being a part of “A Family’s Journey”.

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