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Survivors recount experiences during retreat

As part of the Teen Re- treat, an event held twice a summer and coordinat- ed by The Children’s Inn and the Clinical Center’s Rehabilitation Medicine Department’s Recreation Therapy Section, three young cancer survivors and the sibling of a for- mer HIV patient shared their stories on July 28.

From left, Mario Marti- nez, 18, overcame a brain tumor diagnosed when he was 13 to enter Elon University last year as a pre-medical student. He spoke on entering high school with no hair and the difficulty of transitioning back to a life without cancer when in remission.

Kimmie Jappell, 22, visited NIH with her older sister Bernie who died from HIV at age 13. She now works for the Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry and honors her sister’s memory by looking for the fun in life.

Kevin Chen, 26, will start at Georgetown University School of Medicine this month hoping to go into pediatric oncology. Osteosarcoma stole his leg below the knee when he was 18, but Chen told the Inn residents he still plays tennis, runs, and “can school all of you on the basketball court.” His prosthetic was the source of many questions from the group, including if it is difficult to get through airport security—he’s automatically given a private screening.

Roger Berdine, 21, beat Ewings Sarcoma diagnosed at age 10 with a hard-to-handle mix of radiation, chemotherapy, and multiple surgeries. “I am a better person because of what I went through, and I have learned what is really important in life,” Berdine said.

After they shared their own stories, the panelists encouraged the patients and their siblings present to ask questions and share their own stories.

Confused about what to recycle?

The Clinical Center Green Team wants to remind staff of the CC Recycling Guidelines. Please note, medical records or paperwork containing sensitive information must be shredded and not recycled.

Visit http://www.nems.nih.gov/aspects/waste/programs/recycling.cfm for more information. If a large hallway NIH recycling container needs to be emptied, contact the NIH Recycling Center at 301-402-6349.

Mixed Paper

  • White or Colored Office Paper

  • Shredded Paper

  • Newspaper

  • Telephone Directories

  • Paper and Hardback Books

  • Magazines

  • Document Binders

  • Three-Ring Binders

  • Scientific Journals

  • Catalogs

  • Post-it® Notes

  • Envelopes

  • Manila Folders

  • Tissue and Paper Towel Boxes


  • Aluminum Cans and Tin Foil

  • Steel and Tin Cans

  • All Plastic Bottles, Cups, and Containers (Plastic resin codes #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 [Non-Styrofoam], and 7)

  • Yogurt Containers (Rinsed)

  • Prescription Bottles

  • Glass Bottles and Jars (No Pyrex)

  • Food Storage Containers

  • Grocery, Retail, Sandwich, and Other Miscellaneous Plastic Bags

  • Plastic Utensils (Clean)

  • Buffer and Saline Bottles

Piano Concert Series upcoming performance

Jeffrey and Olivia Ly will perform a program of duet pieces by Strauss, Bach, Gershwin, Dvorák, Schubert, Brahms, and others on August 20 from noon to 1 pm.

Olivia Ly, 13, and Jeffrey Ly, 14, began studying piano with Dr. Bella E. Oster at the European Academy of Music and Art in Burtonsville, Md., at the ages of 3 and 5. These young pianists have performed on many prestigious stages in the United States and abroad—at the United Nations, the White House, the US Capi- tol, the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lincoln Cen- ter for the Performing Arts, and Harvard University. Both Jeffrey and Olivia have received many accolades including gold medals from The International Associa- tion for Musically Gifted Children, Inc. They also won first place in 2001 and 2003 at the Bartok-Ka- balevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition. The Lys have been profiled internationally and nationally on television programs and in magazines and newspapers and have recorded many educa- tional CDs.

Olivia and Jeffrey are both home schooled and enjoy reading, writing, and traveling in addition to piano performance.

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