Bone marrow recipient officiates donor’s wedding

Bone_marrow_recipient_officiates_donor’s_wedding_-_San_Diego_Uptown_News_-_2014-11-05_14.50.30This story was reported for Uptown News on Oct. 24, 2014.

One could say a couple’s wedding officiant will always be a part of the couple.

But, in the case of North Park’s Kevin Zempko and Erica Wacker, it’s the groom that will always be a part of the officiant. That’s because Zempko donated his bone marrow to his officiant, Dianne Mahura, in 2008.

After meeting face to face in 2009, the two have maintained a close bond, enough so that Zempko and his fiancé asked Mahura to officiate their Oct. 11 wedding in San Diego.

“It means the world to me personally and to Erica as well,” Zempko said. “I have a fantastic relationship with Dianne and her family. It comes naturally; nothing is forced.”

Their connection started two months after Mahura was diagnosed with leukemia. At the age of 44, Mahura, a mother of three, was told she wouldn’t live without a transplant.

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Teen walks in graduation after paralyzing snowboarding injury

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Miracles are possible. Just ask Cardiff resident Celia Brewer.

It was Feb. 1, 2010 when her son, Spencer Fox, crashed while snowboarding at Brighton, Utah.

“Spencer was faster than I was and went down a cat track,” said Brewer, who works as Carlsbad’s city attorney. “He hit a bump and went straight over the snow bank. I skied down and said, ‘Spencer, Spencer. What hurts?’ He said, ‘Nothing, I can’t feel anything.’”

Later at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Brewer and her son were told he may never walk again.

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Encinitas girl, 12, now a yoga instructor

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Jaysea DeVoe loves to ride her bike, surf and sing.

But at 12 years old, Jaysea is more than just your average California girl –– she may be the youngest person in the nation to earn a yoga instructor certification.

The Encinitas resident begins her days at 7 a.m. with a 30- to 60-minute yoga practice that includes a meditation.

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Cardiff man finds joy in restoring rare model train sets

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Cardiff resident Bob Shultz was 8 years old when his father gave him a train set.

Sixty years later, his father’s gift has spiraled into a hobby that has cost him about $100,000.

Shultz, a retired real estate broker, said he became interested in train sets again when his grandson, Rollins, was born 4.5 years ago.

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Poway’s Hal Clement Retires From Local TV After 40 Years

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He started out in the industry earning $2 an hour and eventually worked his way up to interviewing historical figures such as César Chávez and George H.W. Bush. But now Poway’s own Hal Clement, the man who has graced San Diego’s broadcast journalism scene for 40 years, is calling it quits.

“It’s been 40 years of daily madness and 40 years is enough,” Clement told Poway Patch. “It keeps my blood pumping, but it’s time for a change.”

At 61 and with 13 Emmys to call his own, Clement said he has “no idea” what he’s going to do, but he’s ready to make the move into retirement. Sept. 28 will be his last day at the station.

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