The Illinois Legislature has declared May 17th DIPG Awareness Day. Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a rare brain cancer that strikes children. Overall the fight against childhood cancers is going extremely well. Survival rates for most childhood cancers has been steadily climbing for decades. However, DIPG still has no effective treatment and is virtually always fatal. Around 300 children in the US are affected by DIPG each year.
What is DIPG?
DIPG is a tumor that develops in the brainstem. The brainstem is the connection between the brain and the body, and controls many of the basic functions that keep a person alive. DIPG tumors typically develop in children between the ages of five and ten, although they can develop at any age.
Symptoms usually first appear in the face. These include double vision, difficulty moving the eyes, and facial asymmetry. Other symptoms include difficulty chewing or swallowing, and problems with balance.
Why DIPG it so dangerous?
This cancer is particularly hard to treat for several reasons. Because the tumor is in the brainstem, it cannot be safely accessed for biopsies or removal. It is simply too deep in a highly sensitive area. Moreover, as its name suggests, DIPG is a diffuse tumor, meaning it is not as concentrated as other types of tumors. Even if doctors can get to it, it is usually impossible to fully remove the cancerous growths. Radiation treatments can provide some temporary relief, but the symptoms usually return after six to nine months.
DIPG Awareness day
Bunker Hill resident Kimberly Skief helped bring DIPG to the attention of her state legislators in the House and Senate. Skief lost her daughter Grace to this disease in 2015. Senator Andy Manar (D-48) brought the awareness bill to the Senate; it was cosponsored by Rep. Avery Bourne (R-95) in the House.
SB 2254 unanimously passed out of the Senate and House. It now awaits the Governor’s signature before becoming law.
To learn more about DIPG, please check out the following links:
City branch pickup starts tomorrow in the Northwest Quadrant
Springfield’s spring branch pickup program starts Monday, April 8th. Each quadrant of the city will have two pickup dates, one in April and one in May. Crews will only visit each quadrant once per month. The first pickup will be in the Northwest Quadrant.
Size of Branch Piles
Branches must meet the following standards to be picked up:
- No larger than 3 foot in height, 4 foot in depth, and 10 feet in length;
- Piles larger than a small pickup load will not be picked up by the city;
- The program is for branches only, no logs will be accepted
- Branches/limbs trimmed by a commercial contractor will not be picked up; and
- Branches must be placed on the curb not obstructing the street or sidewalk.
Small branches may also be broken up and put into yard waste bags for pick up by your waste hauler.
Year-Round Residential Branch Drop Off
Residents may drop off branches, free of charge year-round, to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon. Contact number is 217.391.0886.
Week of April 8th & May 6th
- Northwest Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. West of Walnut Street/J David Jones Parkway.
Week of April 15th & May 13
- Southwest Quadrant – area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. West of Walnut Street.
Week of April 22nd & May 20th
- Southeast Quadrant– area south of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut Street, including the properties around Lake Springfield.
Week of April 29th & May 27th
- Northeast Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut/J. David Jones Parkway.
Boil Order issued for parts of Deerfield Subdivision
Press Release | City Water, Light and Power is issuing a boil order for parts of Deerfield subdivision, where a water service was repaired recently. Customers affected who are receiving notices today include these duplexes in Deerfield subdivision:
5300 thru 5411 Biltmore Dr.
2300 thru 2414 Asheville Dr.
2300 thru 2411 Knoxville Dr.
2204 & 2205 Thrasher Dr. & 5304 & 5305 Murre Dr.
Customers affected should boil all tap water used for drinking or cooking before use until this order is lifted. Water should be brought to a “rolling” boil for five minutes and then cooled before use when appropriate.
This boil order follows repair work to a water service on Asheville Drive. Per regulations, the main was flushed and multiple water samples were taken. One set of the samples did not fully meet CWLP water quality standards. Additional water quality sampling is being done to confirm that the water meets all standards and at such time, this boil order would be lifted.
When the boil order is lifted, which at the earliest would be this Friday afternoon, March 22, it will be announced by door to door notifications to customers affected and on CWLP’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/4CWLP and Twitter page, www.twitter.com/cwlp_. Customers affected wanting more information on their service may also call the Water Communications Desk at 789-2323 ext. 2.
Southeast seeking donations for e-sports team
Competitive video gaming, or E-sports, is one of the fastest growing competitive scenes in the world. And that scene is making its way to Central Illinois. The Illinois College e-sports team regularly competes against Big 10 schools and semipro teams. Southeast Springfield High School is looking to join the action. Southeast will be the first high school in Springfield to field an e-sports team.
E-sports, like any other team, is an opportunity to students to represent their school and get a real shot at a scholarship. But while e-sports don’t require the large facilities that other sports do, they do have equipment costs. Computers, mice, headsets, and the other kit necessary to take part can be out of reach for some students.
To make sure all students have the opportunity to showcase their talents, Southeast coach Dalton McGhiey is asking for donations on his go fund me page. You can learn more about the Southeast team on their campaign page as well.