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Page 3 About All West Alabama lte lemorrat- l, eporter Thursday, November 29, zo J z t, Windham Thompson Lee, Jr. Christmas on the River Special Child 2012 Respecofdly submitted. Linde McAdams COTR Special Child Committee Chair It is my distina pleasure to announce the Christmas on the River, 2012. Special Child: Windham .ompson Lee, Jr. Windham :is the son of Windham ~d Teila Lee of Demopolis. ' Windhan~ was born April 13, 2006 at DCH, Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. From the instant of Ns birth it was obvious that he had spe- cial needs. He immediately required respirator resuscita- tion and life support on a ven- tilator. The cause of his breathing difficulty was not readily apparent to his doctors, but early on it was thought that his trachea (breathing tube) and his esophagus (feeding tube) were somehow connect- ed causing him not to be able to breathe. "He was a fighter from the start" stated his moth- er. "The Neonatologist said he had never had a baby fight so hard to keep the tube out of his throat." Windham continued his fight for 2 weeks at DCH, and further at UAB where he stayed for 3 months in the neonatal ICU. "He had a tra- cheostomy from 3 fi weeks of age until hewas 5 years old" his mother explained. "Now, he still has frequent infections because of his narrow airway and difficulty coughing. When he was younger, and before he could talk, we used sign language to communi- cate. Since I am a Special Ed Teacher, and I knew howto sign,I taught him'!. Ultimately, after 2 yeats of extensive testing, Specialists determined that Windham has Oral Facial Digital Syndrome Type 1. Doctors were hesitant to make the diagnosis because of the seriousness of it. His mother said, "It's a very rare syndrome, especially severe in boys-most of them don't make it. I think they just didn't want the label on him. The Doctors continually remind us that they treat the patient, not the 'syn- drome' itself'. "Oral-facial-digital syn- drome (OFDS) is an umbrella term for at least 10 apparently distinctive genetic disorders that are characterized by defects and flaws in the devel- opment of the structure of the oral cavity including the mouth, tongue, teeth, and jaw; the development of the facial structures including the head, eyes, and nose; and the fingers and toes (digits); along with differing degrees of mental retardation. The presentation of signs and symptoms is extremely varied, making diagnosis difficult. OFDS type I is the most common of all of these disorders, and it is quite rare." (WEB MD, http://chil- digital-syndrome, November 14, 2012.) Fortunately, Windham's air- way and jaw matured enough by the time he was 5 years old and he did not have to have restorative surgery. His devel- opmental delays and speech delays, however, do require speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. He receives these therapies at Westside Elementary School where he is a student in Mrs. Becky Halley's first grade class. "Windham is very spe- cial to us-the other children love him". Teila continues, "When it comes to Windham, we have gotten excellent support from our families, our community, our church, and the school sys- tem in Demopolis". I hope as our Christmas on the River activities proceed you will have the opportunity to see Windham, his parents, and his sister Miley. Stop and say hi, or wave as they pass by in the parade. They are a very special family and Windham is the MOST Special Child of 2012. CHRISTMAS on the RIVER DEMOPOLI$ ALABAMA 2012 rl, PO BOX 667 DEMOPC~i..IS, AL t -~," 5 3o/,' 2 fi~x 334,289.0216 en ail demopchamben, c hris h]]asc,,,rfi nov. 28 nov, 29 nov. 30 dec, 1 dec. 2 5:00-8p 5.30-8o 5:30p Ughting at the LoVe Light T~ece Announcement of lhe Saec~al Child BWWMH front lawn 5:30p Lighting of Public Square Crowning af SL Nick Reading at the Christmas Story Public Square - Down~owr (Civic Center if inclernent weather) Candlelight Evening Gafneswood, admission $5 with entertainment by John Bultman ChtlsJmas in the Canebrake .:Bluff Hall & Lyon Hall admissionS5 adults per house unaer 12 free 5p-I a Alabama State ChamDJon~hip B~Q Coak~off i; ::.{DemolDolis City Landing admission $5.00 George Franks Ball Field ~TBA 9-11p 7:30a to 3:30p 8a Public Square - Downtown Jir~gle Bell Run/Walk Registration : Public Square - DownTown $15:00 before Nov. 16fh, $2000 after 10a-5o Blair Hall Open admission $5.00 adults, $3 student K-12 I 0a-2p Geir~swood :Open admission $5.00 1:30a Christies Parade Grand Mershals--Aiab~rno Gang Donnie Allisan gabby AIl~sor~ and Red Farmer Downtown JUdg~tlg tar the BBQ Caok-off ' P(esentafion of Trophies & Checks al 2Din :i~.: George Franks Bail Field ~NJdren',~ Play ~ Junie B, ~o~,es Jintfle 8efl~ Be!man Smeft~ Canebrake Players-Call for addifiona aates Old School Theater on Main Avenue admission $10,00 adults $5.00 children 6:00p Nauffcol Parade & Fireworks Dis~,c ,( To 8:30p ' : Riverbank of the Tombigoee 6:00p COTR Gala (semi4ormabp~o jeans cash ba~l to 8:30p Demopolis Civic Center admission $25.00 12 & unaer $15,00 91am Chds~s an the River Dance [no ieans) To midnight band - Cool Rayz ,: Demopolis Civic Center Adtnission-$10 00 2l+ only 2:00p The Nufcracke~ performed by ~he t.~onrgommv Sailer Soonsared by Two rivers Arts Council Demopolis High School Auditorium Christmas on the River 2011 is now a four day event packed with fun for the Demopolis area as well as tourists from miles away. This is our 41st Anniversary. This year our Chamber of Commerce and a wonderful group of volun- teers made sure to:revitalize our 41st COTR with new and revamped day parade and nautical floats and an even bigger :Fireworks show. We also added some additions to our day parade such as the Choctaw Indian the BWWMH front lawn. Thursday the 29th, we'll have the reading the "The Christmas Story" by Rev. J.D. Barnes and lighting the park in Public Square at 5:30. We will have the crowning of St. Nick which is an individual in the com- munity that has focused their energy and attention on helping children. The announcement of the Special Child will also occur Thursday night. Friday the 30th starting at Dancers and we are pleased 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. to have i The Alabama will be our annual Gang" ricecar drivers as our Grand Marshals this year. Come to the Alabama State BBQ Cook-off where for an en .tr, y fee of $5.00 you can hear a band and watch the coml ' tltors as they are cooking and get a taste of BBQ. Our event kicks off Wed. November 28th and will start with the celebration at 5:30 p.m. ith the- Lighting of the LoN Light Tree at Christmas in the Canebrake where Bluff Hall, Lyon Hall and Gaineswood will be decked in their Christmas finest for candlelight tours with entertainment and refreshments. Admission is $4.00 per house and 12 and under are free. The Alabama State Championship BBQ Cook- Off will begin at 5:00 p.m. and last until 1:00 a.m. at George Franks Field a band playing from 9:00 pm until take ll:00pm. Saturday the 1st will start at 7:30 a.m. with Fair in the Square until 3:30 which will consist of food, retail and craft vendors as well as children's activities. Also the Jingle Bell Run/Walk Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Public Square. The cost to enter this event place on the Tombigbee Riverbank; The COTR Gala Semi-Formal will take place in the Demopolis Civic Center, NO JEANS please, where you can observe the night parade and fireworks in a warmer climate. There will be heavy appetizers and a cash bar. Admission is $25.00 adults and 12 and is $15.00 before November trader $15.00. 16th and $20.00 after. The day parade will begin at 11:30 a.m, and wind its way through downtown Demopolis. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. is the judging of the Cooboff as well as presentation of trophies and checks at 2:00 p.m. at the George Franks Field. At 2:00 p.m, a Children's Christmas play by Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells Batman Smells will be performed at the Old School Theater on Main Street. Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. From 6:00- 8:30 the Nautical Parade and Fireworks show will From 9 p.m. to midnight is for those 21 and older. Admission is $10.00 for the Band Cool Rayz-again, no jeans please. Sunday December 4th at 2:00 p.m. the Montgomery Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" at the Demopolis High School Auditorium. For more detailed infor- marion and tickets, call the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce at 334-289- 0270. Be sure to mark your calendars for Alabama's Original 41st Christmas on the River! Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary staff members are busily mak- ing their lists and checking them twice to make sure no one is left off the Love Lights Tree at the Demopolis hospital. Now enter- ing its 23rd year as one of the group's most prosperous fundraisers, the Love Lights Tree event is a way in which area residents can honor those they love and respect. What began with a small tree on the front lawn of the hospital 23 years ago, has grown to include a 24' tall tree covered in red and white lights that's situat- ed atop the facility, two trees inside the hospital lobby that are festooned with red and white ornaments bearing the names of those being honored, and a huge hall filled with wreaths span- fits of giving to this project are sored by area businesses and individuals. ',qhis program has been won- derful for the Auxiliary, the hos- pital and the community,'! said Rebecca Culpepper, Auxiliary President. "This is the perfect time of year to take a moment to remember those who have touched our lives in very special ways and what better way to honor them than by helping someone else. "The proceeds from this event will be used to help fund our many projects here at the hospital," she added. "We do everything from helping to pur- chase new equipment, to award- ing scholarships to deserving students who wish to pursue a career in healthcare. The bene- indeed long-lasting and reward- ing." Slated for Wednesday, November 28 at 5 p.m., the 23rd Annual Love Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony will once again open the events for Christmas on the River. This year's COTR Special Child will be introduced at the event and will also have the honor of throwing the switch to light the tree. The winners of the various Miss COTR pageants will also be on hand for the evem. as well as a full contingent of the Auxiliary. Delicious refresh- ments will be offered to those attending, as well. A $3 donation will place a light on the tree in memory or m honor of your special person. Two lights are available for a $5 donation. The white memory lights and the red honor lights will shine on the tree outside the hospital throughout the holiday season while another tree in the main lobby will display coordi- nating ornaments featuring the names of the honorees and the donors. Special ornaments in honor or memory of military personnel are also available. The Love Lights Memory Book will be displayed in the hospital's main lobby through- out the holiday season and will feature the names of honorees and donors. Anyone wishing to purchase Love Lights should contact any member of the BWWMH Auxiliary or they may purchase lights in the BWWMH Gift Shop. 1205 US Hwy 80, Demopolis To Christmas on the Chevron Parr's Inc. Hwy. 80 East Demopolis, A1. 334)289-0887 [ Happy Holidays from Rie Heating & Cooling, Inc. 311 East Washington Street e Demopolis, AI 36732 o 334-259-4713 I ei Auto ome , ,~. Bursiness 334-289-218S 334-28 -8400 (fax) 1712 Hwy 80 F.. 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