Linda Craig wraps up service on FCBDD board

Two preschool girls give Linda Craig a necklace
As she heads into her last board meeting, students from the Early Childhood Education and Family Center present Linda Craig with a handmade necklace.

After serving the maximum three terms, Linda Craig is leaving her position on the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She attended her last meeting on Nov. 18, receiving a surprise farewell banner and much applause from FCBDD employees and early-childhood program students. “It’s been 12 years, but it sure doesn’t seem like that long,” …

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Mother strives to keep services, stability for daughter

Rowena Gonzales holds the hand of her daughter Jackie
Jackie was born with CHARGE syndrome, a genetic condition that causes birth defects. She is blind now and likes to be close to her mom.

If she could, Rowena Gonzales would fund a mobile hospital in her native Philippines and use it to reach families who can’t afford care for children born with developmental disabilities.“We could go all over and see who needs help,” she said.Gonzales knows that in poor countries, the quest for care and support for people with …

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Caring for kids and families, one smile at a time

Dr. Diego Solis in the dental clinic with three staff members
Dr. Diego Solis says he's lucky to work with an awesome staff at the Johnstown clinic. From left, Erica Robles, Stacey Stevens, Gloria Caicedo and Dr. Diego.

At 10 years old, Diego Solis climbed into a dentist’s chair and had a tooth filled for the first time. He doesn’t recall being upset or frightened. In fact, the memory is a happy one.“I loved it,” he said. “Everything went great.”Solis soon decided he’d like to fix teeth, too. He stuck to that childhood …

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