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4A Wednesday, Oct 10, 2001 Feat~ River Bul Photo submitted A finicky eater at home, lan Wood ate lots of bread and butter on his trip to i i 12-year-old Quincy boy healed at Loud By Debra Coates Like most youngsters, Ian Virgin Mary is Managing Editor enjoys watching videos after have appeared t( Twelve-year-old Ian Wood, school. Typically, he watches children. It was of Quincy, set out for Lour- Winnie the Pooh and other des, France, in search of a Disney movies, but one day, miracle and he found it. he saw "Bernadette-- On Sept. 19, after being Princess of Lourdes." bathed in the famed healing From that moment on, Ian waters of Lourdes, Ian went had one desire--to go to to bed without pain for the Lourdes, where the Virgin first time in his life. Mary appeared to Bernadette His mother, Norma, said and where holy water holds that a bone, which had been healing powers. protruding from his foot and Ian wanted to be healed would require surgery, also and, with his strong faith in disappeared. She believes a God, Ian believed he could be trip to Children's Hospital in healed by going to Lourdes. Oakland, scheduled for Oct. Coincidentally, a family 14, may reveal even more friend named Father Joe was healing, planning a religious pilgrim- age to Europe, including The journey to Lourdes Lourdes. The church group, Ian's pilgrimage to Lourdes about 40 strong, was leaving was a long journey. The trip from Louisville, Ky., in Sep- capped years of suffering,tember. Plans were made to months of planning and include Ian and his mother. weeks of travel. According to Norma, Ian was "born with something wrong with every part of his body." He has endured 50 op- erations, including open heart surgery. Ian came into Norma's life when he was 4 months old. At first, he was her foster child, but soon she adopted him. "I will never know what I've done so right to get this child," Norma said during an interview as the two pre- pared for the trip. Upon returning from this trip, Norma reiterated her be- lief that Ian is truly a special person. "He has an aura," Norms said. "People are drawn to him." They must be, because it En route With a wheelchair, and suitcases filled with medical equipment instead of clothes, Norma and Ian set off from Reno on Sept. 7. They made connecting flights in San Francisco and Chicago before landing in Louisville. After a two-day rest, the pair flew with the church tour group from At- lanta to Paris and on to Lis- bon. In Lisbon, the group board- ed a tour bus to visit reli- gious sites in Portugal, Spain and France. When not on the bus, the cobblestone streets of most villages proved a challenge for the wheelchair. Norma said she became adept at Lourde But, this McDon- was through a community- hoisting the wheelchair over and cheese," on ald's in Pau, France, wide effort that Norma andcurbs, and men in the group fortified by stops broug tawelcome"Happy Ian raised the funds they helped take Ian up stairs,ferenth cD)nald Meal." needed to make the two-week But some places were sim- route. trip. Mother and son were ply inaccessible. Even build- overwhelmed by the generos- ings equipped with elevators Lourdes ity---even youngsters emptied were challenging, becauseAfter stops in Surf the world wide web their piggy banks to help Ian. the elevator was so small, it cities in Spain, Get your own E-Mail address could only accommodate traveled throu 19 95/m Ian'schairandNorma. Some-neestoFrance. one else had to carry their in the group O, UP YO1UR bags up separately, the twisting ..... 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Taborski Publisher Kevin Mallory Jenette Meneely Assistant to the PublisherNews Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Debra Coates Tom Forney Managing Editor Production Manager Diane Kleine Cobey Brown Circulation & Classified Ad Manager Print Shop Manager Sherri McConnell Pat Whitcomb Display Advertising Manager Bookkeeper Keri Taborski Eva Small Legal Advertising Department Composing Manager llllllll|lllllll I I IIIIII III IIIIIIIIIIII IIII I lllllll I IIIIII I I III II I l a i ii i Subscription Order Form i Feather River Bulletin P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 PLUMAS-SIERRA REC (530) 822-4261 Port01a Area (530) 251-5338 Susanvllle Area day of the the United States. While most group tuned in ma didn't want to to the trauma. stay However, went, Norma at half-staff stopped them. "People were so g'racious," she would come up to they were so they were Many were also Ian. "Little old hands on his his cheek. He away, he said. i caMle After two nightS the group moved o(_ Avila, the home41s vent of St. There m "e vorite stop for Ia ed was able to see aL fie." a. said ] 1CI ' "He was like ;;. It -,~, ~vlol~ soaked everythim - ma said. "Andna went he said,Y --7,the' we ' , gift st take a picture. 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