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Parents of cancer victim donate funds in her name

Meghan Redenbach, a 15-year-old Royalton-Hartland student and standout volleyball player who died of cancer on Christmas Eve, will continue to inspire others. Her parents, Nancy and Mike Redenbach, fulfilling the wishes of their late daughter that any money raised in her memory go toward children, have donated $5,000 to Carly's Club and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The parents and their son, Nick, hosted the first annual Man UP Car Show last month at the East Amherst Fire Department.

The phrase "Man Up" has become synonymous with Meghan in the Roy-Hart community. Upon learning of her diagnosis, Meghan would not allow her overwhelmed father to see the dark side; she told him to "Man up!"

Proceeds have been used, among other things, to deliver refrigerators to the pediatric rooms at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and to give some young patients iPods or laptops. In addition, two scholarships in Meghan's name will be awarded to deserving graduating seniors at Royalton-Hartland High School.


City Administrator Owens named to Tower board

NIAGARA FALLS -- City Administrator Donna D. Owens has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.

Owens, a Detroit native and the first female city administrator in the Falls, previously served as chief of the Street and Alley Cleaning Division in Washington, D.C., and as a mayor's representative and solid waste analyst in Baltimore. She has done extensive work in community building, policy development, strategic planning and human services.

Founded in 1990, the Tower Foundation supports community programming to help children, adolescents and young adults affected by substance abuse, learning disabilities, mental illness and intellectual disabilities to achieve their full potential. The foundation funds organizations in Erie and Niagara counties as well as in several counties in Massachusetts.


Pharmacy school plans events to celebrate 125th anniversary

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a series of educational and social events Sept. 14-18.

The anniversary celebrations will provide a look at what's planned for UB pharmacy and the pharmacy profession, as well as a look back at the school's accomplishments.

Among the scheduled events is the Sept. 16 keynote address by Steven Sutton, who will discuss "Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals: A Global Problem Come Home." The event is open to the public.

Activities also will include tours of the soon-to-be-completed John and Editha Kapoor Hall on the South Campus -- formerly the vacant Acheson Hall -- which will become the pharmacy school's new home in 2012.

A list of events and information is available online at

Founded in 1886, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is UB's second official school and the only pharmacy school in the State University of New York system.