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Andrea Whitmarsh pushes her daughters on the swing set in the backyard, brushes their hair and tucks them into bed at night with the same joy other mothers feel in similar moments. She also harbors worries, far less familiar, that her girls will one day grow up to face a life dogged in part by cancer fears. The concern is based on experience. Like her mother befor…

Stacie Bliss will start nursing school in the spring, something that seemed improbable 18 years ago when doctors at Women & Children's Hospital sent her home for the holidays fearing it might be her last Christmas. Instead, doctors confirmed come the January afterward that her acute lymphoblastic leukemia was in the early stages, and knocked out her cancer in one ro…

Once Jim Beiter could no longer speak, he had plenty of time to contemplate what he wished that he could say. He is a hunter and an angler, a guy who has spent a lot of quiet hours in the woods or standing alongside a pond. He understands how to tell a great tale, how to pack all the meaning or humor into the crescendo. Yet he appreciates the communion that can be a gif…

Forty hockey players, many in their 40s and 50s, successfully achieved a new world's record for Buffalo early today at the HarborCenter, shattering a record for the longest continuous hockey game - assuming the carefully documented feat is certified by Guinness World Records. The Buffalo effort raised more than $1.2 million for the Roswell Park Cancer Center, according …

Things happen for a reason. There are many people who share the philosophy of that simple statement. A perfect case in point is the circumstances surrounding the 31-pound brown trout caught last week by Bob Klemm of Lords Valley, Pa. He was fishing with his brother, Rich Klemm of West Milford, N.J., in the lower Niagara River with Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region …

Christina Feldman Wiegand, a second grade teacher at the Syracuse Latin School, takes part in what’s called the “mystery reader” program. In October, she needed someone from the community to stop by and read a book to her class, and to somehow relate it to life outside the school. Michael Feldman, Christina’s younger brother, volunteered. It happened to be “pa…

Her voice has come back. So has her hair, though just a little bit. And her stamina is improving. “Each night, I feel myself getting stronger,” said soul dynamo Sharon Jones, who leads her Dap-Kings on a national tour. “I’m just amazed how fast I healed. Three months ago, I had no energy at all. Now I’m back. I’ve got my energy. I’m not going to be sitting o…