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    THE DAILY ASTORIAN • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
NORTH COAST
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Finding a hero at the Ice Bucket Challenge
Afghan war vet
receives help
from friends
By DANI PALMER
EO Media Group
CANNON BEACH —
Last year, the ALS Associ-
ation Ice Bucket Challenge
went viral, raising $115 mil-
lion globally for research.
Locals like Susan Simon,
whose son has ALS, are try-
ing to keep that challenge
going.
Amyotrophic lateral scle-
rosis is a progressive neuro-
logical disease affecting the
nerve cells in the brain and
spinal cord. Symptoms in-
clude muscle weakness and
dif¿culty swallowing. Ap-
proximately 20,000 Ameri-
cans have the disease at any
given time.
Adam Simon, 42, was di-
agnosed in 2008 and put in a
medical ward at the U.S. Air
Force base in San Antonio.
He had served in the Gulf
War and retired as a staff ser-
geant a year after being di-
agnosed. In 2012, he moved
in with his mother in Cannon
Beach.
Adam was only given two
to ¿ve years to live. It’s been
seven.
“Sometimes in life you
never have a hero,” Susan
said. “Adam is my hero.”
She noted that those di-
agnosed under the age of 40
often display a slower rate
of progression. Adam is un-
steady and falls often, but
can still walk with a walk-
er and gets out, Susan said.
He goes swimming and does
other activities with caregiv-
er Daniel Stowers.
Stowers was a U.S. Army
combat medic for six years
in Afghanistan and recruited
by Suzanne Evans, Adam’s
other caregiver who also
served in Afghanistan as a
medic with the Oregon Army
National Guard.
Evans said she saw a
bracelet soldiers wear to re-
member fallen comrades on
Stowers’ wrist and told him
about the job after learning
he’d also been a medic.
Evans was “pretty messed
up” after departing the mil-
itary, ¿nding it dif¿cult to
even leave home. She said
she felt blessed to receive the
job with the Simon family
as it was a safe place to do
what she loves. “The cherry
on the cake is that it’s anoth-
er brother in arms,” she said.
She cooks, cleans, takes
Adam to Portland every
three months for medical ap-
pointments and does physi-
cal therapy with him.
“I’m just there as some-
body he can count on,” she
said. “Anything you take for
granted is harder for him.”
Educating others
Stowers said he’s learned
more about ALS through his
work with Adam and edu-
cates others.
“Adam’s awesome,” he
said. “He’s very quiet, but
he’s one of those people who
says more without saying
anything.”
Researchers are still
studying the correlation, but
military veterans are twice as
likely to be diagnosed with
ALS than the general popu-
lation, according to the ALS
Association.
In 2014, $77 million
of the $115 million raised
through the Ice Bucket Chal-
lenge went toward research,
$23 million toward patient
and community services and
$10 million to public and
professional education.
There is no cure for ALS
yet, only palliative care pro-
viding relief from symp-
toms.
‘Not for sissies’
“This death is not for sis-
sies,” Susan said. “It’s like
a big train engine is coming
toward you and you can’t get
off the track.”
Along with her Ice Bucket
Challenge, Susan, an artist at
White Bird Gallery, present-
ed a $500 donation to the
ALS Association via the sale
of her paintings.
Those who receive the
Ice Bucket Challenge are
encouraged to record them-
selves dumping a bucket of
ice water over their heads,
to challenge at least three
Dani Palmer/EO Media Group
Military veterans Suzanne Evans, left, and Daniel Stowers
pour water on Susan Simon, left, and Andy Kerr for the ALS
Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge. Susan’s son, Adam, a
retired staff sergeant from the U.S. Air Force, has ALS.
more people and donate to
the ALS Association. Susan
extended the invitation to
the Ice Bucket Challenge to
members of American Le-
gion Post 168.
More information can be
found at http://bit.ly/1FcZk23.
Forum on Internet safety for College seeks input on president search
children planned in Seaside
¿nal presidential pro¿le will
be issued nationally.
The college will host three
public comment sessions, all
on Oct. 8:
• Noon to 2 p.m. at the col-
lege’s South County Campus,
1455 N. Roosevelt Drive in
Seaside.
• 3 to 5 p.m., in Columbia
Hall Room 219 on the main
campus, 1651 Lexington
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SEASIDE — The Seaside
branch of the American Asso-
ciation of University Women
is sponsoring a public forum
on Internet safety for school
children, “Internet: Friend or
Foe,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Sea-
side City Hall, 989 Broadway.
Senior Deputy District
Attorney Dawn Buzzard and
Detective Ryan Humphrey
of the Clatsop County Sher-
iff’s Of¿ce will discuss chil-
dren and the Internet and ex-
plain what to look for, when
to be concerned and what to
do. They will also offer some
practical safeguards and an-
swer any questions.
Law enforcement works
daily on child sex abuse and
exploitation cases. Nearly ev-
ery case involves a link to so-
cial media. “Pods, pads and
tabs — if they seek a private
place when using these de-
vices, the odds are your kids
are compromising their own
privacy,” Humphrey, a senior
deputy, said in a statement.
Buzzard has been a pros-
ecutor for 16 years. She is on
the county’s major crime team
and handles serious felonies,
including sex abuse and child
abuse cases. “There have been
at least nine investigations of
Internet predatory behavior in
Clatsop County in the last year
alone,” she said in a statement.
“Four are pending of online
sexual corruption. You don’t
need a pending case to get
help. We will be handing out
business cards and answering
questions at the forum.”
Class offers ¿shermen survival techniques
The Daily Astorian
A two-day drill conduc-
tor course is being offered for
commercial ¿shermen Sept. 22
and 23 in Astoria. The course
is offered through a partner-
ship with the Alaska Marine
Herzig holds
meet and greet
on Saturday
The Daily Astorian
Safety Education Association
and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The class is physically de-
manding and includes timed
immersion suit donning, en-
tering the water, getting into
a life raft, starting pumps, and
putting out ¿res.
Students will learn emer-
gency procedures and the use
of safety equipment aboard
commercial ¿shing vessels.
Preregistration is required
and space is limited. For infor-
mation, time and location and
to register, call 503-240-9373.
Clatsop Community Col-
lege is seeking the public’s
comment on the pro¿le it will
use to search for a new pres-
ident.
The pro¿le, at www.clat-
sopcc.edu under the “Pres-
ident Search” link, will in-
troduce the position and the
community to prospective
applicants. It will include key
characteristics of the college
and the regional community;
opportunities and challenges
a successful candidate will
likely face; and essential qual-
i¿cations.
Following the receipt and
review of public comments, a
G u ess w h a t d a y it is!
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The public is invited to
meet with Astoria City Coun-
cilor Drew Herzig from 12:30
to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Flag
Room of the Astoria Public
Library, 450 10th St.
All are welcome to come
and share their thoughts, sug-
gestions, questions, and con-
cerns about Astoria.
Ave., in Astoria.
• 5 to 7 p.m., in Columbia
Hall Room 219.
All sessions will be facil-
itated by a representative of
the Association of Communi-
ty College Trustees, which is
assisting with the search.
Comments can also be
submitted electronically until
Oct. 8 at presidentsearch@
clatsopcc.edu
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Vicki
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Celebrating
34 years of service
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and their parents how to swim
Sunset Empire Parks and
Recreation District
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