Only 200 known cases of Trisomy 14 Mosaic known since 1970
by Jake Dilley
Reporting in Sullivan
Faith Lutheran Church will sponsor medical benefits for Sullivan’s Wagner family in the next two weekends, following Presley Wagner, six month old daughter of Andy and Shelbi, being diagnosed with the rare disease Trisomy 14 Mosaic. With only 200 known cases in the world since 1970, it is a lifelong syndrome in which Presley has already taken on some traits, such as cleft hand, conductive hearing loss, slow respiratory development and short/little stature. And while Presley currently sees doctors in Decatur, Springfield, Champaign, and St. Louis, the family doesn’t know what additional traits she may exhibit in the future. Read More
Pictured is baby Anabell, who remains sick and on life support at St. Francis Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
by Ariana Cherry
One of the joys of parenthood is bringing your newborn child home for the very first time. Although, it can also be quite frightening, with so many new responsibilities and the chance of your baby getting hurt or sick. Those fears came to a reality when Joshua and Jessica Ekiss’s twin girls, Anabell and Aylana Ekiss were born prematurely January 30. After their birth, the twins spent 27 days in the NICU at Carle Hospital. Both girls were released to go home February 26. Read More
Photo by Keith Stewart
Sisters Devon and Ann Flesor, owners of Flesor’s Candy Kitchen in Tuscola, are seen above with various Christmas box and tin candy sets, which will be availble for purchase at this Saturday’s candy sale at the Coffee Bean from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The sale will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to the Moultrie County food pantry.
Annual sale to see how much can be donated back to food pantry
by Keith Stewart
Devon Flesor thinks Sullivan is, well, a little nutty–but in a loving way. So much in fact, the part-owner of the famous Tuscola candy store is making a special toffee–Sullivan Toffee–that is chuck full of different varieties of nuts just for the one-day candy sale to be held this coming Saturday at the Coffee Bean on Sullivan’s square.
“I thought, as a silly pun, I would make a toffee that is full of all different kinds of nuts, just like Sullivan,” joked Flesor. “I’ve never made this before…usually we make a standard English toffee that just has walnuts, but I’m going to chuck this thing full of nuts and call it Sullivan toffee, and I’m only making it for this sale.” Read More