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Past Week…Or So

March 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Firefighters and rescue personnel load a construction worker who was stuck in a trench at a home building site into an ambulance at Sawgrass Dr. just north of 90th and Old Cheney in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday, March 22, 2013.

Lincoln's Brad Hawkinson (center) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime of the Lincoln Stars vs. Omaha Lancers hockey game at the Ice Box in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, March 23, 2013. The Stars won the game 3-2 in overtime.

UNO's Lindsay Redding crashes into the fence trying to catch a home run from Nebraska's Mattie Fowler in the Nebraska vs. UNO softball game at Bowlin Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The Huskers won the game 3-2.

The site of a two-vehicle accident at 56th and Fremont St., in Lincoln, Neb., on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. A neighbor heard the crash at about 12:30 p.m. "It shook my TV," Phillip Voogt said.

Isaac Hestermann, 5, plays Superman, while his father, Scott, holds his daughter Landry, 4 months, at their home in Syracuse, Neb., on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Last March, one of their daughters, Addie, died of leukemia, just days before her 10th birthday. Addie had a pet sitting business and her family has now started a fun run called Live Like Addie.

Tripp Hestermann, 3, plays in his big sister's bedroom in Syracuse, Neb., on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Last March, his older sister, Addie, died of leukemia, just days before her 10th birthday. Addie had a pet sitting business and her family has now started a fun run called Live Like Addie.

Categories: Daily Work, Hockey, Softball

Mikaelah

March 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Lincoln North star cheer captain Mikaelah Molifua leads the student section in a roller coaster cheer in the second half of the Lincoln North Star vs. Bellevue West boy's district A-4 basketball tournament game at Omaha Benson High School in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Bellevue West won the game 73-59.

Lincoln North Star senior Mikaelah Molifua squeezes her eyes shut so as not to see herself bald before being fitted with her new wig at 42nd & O'Hair Salon on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2013. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in January and has undergone chemo therapy.

Mikaelah Molifua is a senior in high school and has just been diagnosed with cancer. She now spends days at a time in the hospital for chemotherapy treatments, but will spend that night at a varsity sports banquet and the next day at school and baseball practice (she still works as the varsity wrestling and varsity baseball team manager, a cheerleader, and a softball player). Her family’s story and her school’s support make Mikaelah one of the most loved and strongest people I have met while working. It was great to work with her and I can’t wait to see how she is doing at her senior prom next week! ¬†Read Mikaelah’s story of strength here.

Lincoln North star cheer captain Mikaelah Molifua (right) is consoled by her cheer coach, Christina Nevitt she had started to lose hair during  her school's final basketball game of the season in the Lincoln North Star vs. Bellevue West boy's district A-4 basketball tournament game at Omaha Benson High School in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Bellevue West won the game 73-59. Molifua was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma recently and has started chemo therapy. She stills cheers when she is not too exhausted.

Best friends Ruth Nwaturuocha and Mikaelah Molifua laugh in their journalism classroom on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

Mikaelah Molifua (far left) serves as varsity baseball manager at Lincoln North Star High School in Lincoln, Neb., on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this year.

Dani Molifua embraces her daughter, Mikaelah, while she makes a face in the mirror after getting her new wig at 42nd & O'Hair Salon on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2013. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in January and has undergone chemo therapy.

Mikaelah Molifua, a senior at Lincoln North Star High School, lies on her side and sends text messages while undergoing a chemotherapy session for Hodgkin's lymphoma at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

Categories: Daily Work

Lincoln after Liberia

March 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Angeline Wleh holds her son, Benedict, as her mother smiles at him at their new apartment in Lincoln, Neb., on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Last year Wleh came to Lincoln from Liberia and was reunited with her mother, Anna Furkay. They were separated by civil war in the country. Angeline had a baby shortly after arriving in the U.S. and she has her own apartment now.

Angeline Wleh (right) goes grocery shopping  with her son, Benedict, and church sponsor Karen Clementson at Russ' Market in Lincoln, Neb., on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Angeline Wleh breast feeds her son, Benedict, at her apartment in Lincoln, Neb., on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Categories: Daily Work

Ralph and his daughter

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Ralph Hoffman, of Lincoln, pushes his daughter Tricia, 10, on the tire swing at the Oak Lake Park playground in Lincoln, Neb., on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Temperatures reached the low 60s on Sunday afternoon.

Categories: Daily Work

Start of the week

February 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Ben Faltys, 28, of Lincoln, competes in the doubles tournament of the Midwest Dart Association Midwest Dart Championships at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Neb., on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

Emily Wong performs on the bars in the Penn State vs. Nebraska women's gymnastics meet at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb., on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

A client walks near the parking lot on the north side of the People's City Mission in Lincoln, Neb., on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.The roads are muddy, bumpy and dusty, and the Mission is home to hundreds of men, women and children.

Categories: Daily Work, Gymnastics

Roberta

January 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Roberta Droescher, 51, is surrounded by family and friends at her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "Once I was blessed with my children," she said, "that's the only high I ever needed."

Today I met Roberta Droescher and her large, complicated, and eternally loving ¬†family. Roberta spent much of her life struggling with drugs and alcohol, but cleaned up after she had her daughters. “Once I was blessed with my children, that’s the only high I ever needed,” she said. She has become sober and a well-respected member of the Ponca tribe community in Lincoln. But now she lives with three kinds of cancer. Though her cancer made her extremely exhausted today, she pushed through for her daughter Savannah’s eleventh birthday party. “I did my bad and I’m trying to do my good now,” she said.

Roberta Droescher takes a cigarette break and watches over her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "I did my bad and I'm trying to do my good now," she said.

Roberta Droescher, 51, wishes her daughter, Savannah, a happy birthday at her eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "Once I was blessed with my children," she said, "that's the only high I ever needed."

Roberta Droescher, 51, looks out her back door at her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "Once I was blessed with my children," she said, "that's the only high I ever needed."

Roberta Droescher piles juice pouches into the arms of her niece Nevaeh Horse, 9, at her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer.

Roberta Droescher 51, takes a break and shows her exhaustion at her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "I'm exhausted from the cancer today, but I have to do this party for my baby girl," she said.

Categories: Daily Work

The past week…

January 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Arta Smith shovels outside her home in Lincoln, Neb., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

Josh Morrison, a senior with autism, practices with his swim team after school at Lincoln North Star High School in Lincoln, Neb., on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.

Dyaln Talley (24), of Nebraska, passes to teammate Andre Almeida (not pictured) while being blocked by Tracy Abrams (13), of Illinois, in the second half of the Illinois vs. Nebraska men's basketball game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb., on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Illinois won the game 71-51.