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ressive, Record, Reporter Higboo For Bristin, it is every six t Editor weeks now. Bristle McRae was The disease is considered 17, 1998, he was incurable, although there is a beautiful baby in new treatment that is show- ing promising results. a nightmare There's only one problem-- has not ended. Bristin is on MediCal, and |after his birth, dec- the state-funded insurance treating him for organization refuses to pay little Bristle kept for the treatment. Sickerandsicker. Just a few weeks ago, not eat, he had a Bristin received his first and he started treatment in Colorado, thanks to support from fami- crisis point was ly and friends. when he went into Bristle had his own angel arrest and was to help, too---Dave Taylor, of to San Francisco's Sacramento. Hospital. Taylor, Northern Califor- there discovered nia Mission Coordinator, is feet have asthma after one of more than 300 volun- teer pilots in the Angel was suffering from Flights West program, which papillo- provides free flights to pa- , also known as laryn- tients and their families. They have flown more than which can also 1,000 missions so far this causes tumor- year, and Taylor flew 30 of inside the throat those. chords and some- For Bristin, Taylor went the lungs, beyond the mission when the come back al- connecting pilot in Salt Lake and some City was grounded because of have to undergo bad weather. every three to four Instead of giving up, Taylor rented a car and drove looks to fire season early winter snows available at . net's fire season, the . ,, .,...~,, .... v..~,able ~U o .... Fu. uvt~,,~ u. ,i a. ,.. I ban a Manage- jobs, pay scales and the ap- )tSLM) is atreaay gear- plication requirements can .~ to hire firefighters be found in the vacancy an- ~t summer. About 45 nouncement (no. CA-01-339, ,hal positions will betitled range !in Northern Cahfor- technician/range aid/fire ~d officials urge any- seasonal) posted on the In- terested to turn in ap-ternet at [ions as soon as possi- . The vacancy an- auons recmvea ee- l ....... nouncement and federal job uec. t~ ann oan. 31 wm application are also avail- ~e tlrst consideration," able at BLM offices in A1- aul Whltcome, assls- turas, Arcata, Cedarville, are management offi- Redding, Susanville and the BLM's Northern Trt~i~h }rai ......... hmvrepgl:ntions open Seasonal firefighters will ~t fire engine crews, on be working from northeast- I elicooter crew the Dia- ern California fire stations I IM~,.,~in Hotshots in Susanville, West Valley 1 h~r~do'us fuels re[(near Likely), Cedarville, ! i _.. , and on the North Coast in ~taons must be sent,, Sh~It~r, Cokg ........... Ireau of Land Manage- In addition to responding , California State Of- to wildfires and conducting 300 Cottage Way Rm fire projects near their L, Sacramento' C~( home stations, BLM fire- .1~,6. "'" ' fighters will be called to licants can submit a fight wildfires anywhere in 6 or federal applica-the United States during a cm OF 612 Adclition- fire season that typically ~plicants can use a re- runs from early June to ear- builder application ly October. ~in costs, a multitude of loan programs, and exceptional service. 'visit websit for daily rates. Some of our programs: Income P~ (no verification of income sotm~amount) on 2nd home purchmc to $275,000, (10% down to 650K) $1 million at 5.75% (6.47APR) to 75% value ~ 8.(PA (8.56 APR), 20 year fixed, no balloon credit Mike anytime...550-9900 or (800) 968-2848 113 5 7 Donner P a~x Road- 7)-uckee, CA 96161 ; CA Dept. of Real Estate (916-227-0931), license 01238575 Entire Family (No O~lB:~t~) "FLAT RATE * GUARANTEED ACCEPTANCE "SELF-EMPLOYED OR NOTI-NO INCREASEI ~,~&H~ Ca11-1-888-369-1739 Wednesday, Dec. 19, 200t 3B I II I Photos submitted Uttle Bristin McRae is only Sand-a-half years old, and he is scheduled for his sixth throat surgery in a year. Bristin, his mother, Misty Dykes-Arcangli and grandma Brenda McRae, of Quincy, to Colorado in time for his treat- ment. And the only reward Tay- lor needs is "the warm smile of gratitude, from kids like Bristin who can't articulate their appreciation for the help they are getting." Once in Colorado, Bristin's family met surgeon Nigel Pashley, who has developed a revolutionary new treatment that uses the mumps vaccine. He removes the growths us- ing a laser, then he injects the vaccine into the areas where the growths were. His treatment has been so successful that some of his patients have gone into re- mission and have been free of growths for more than a year and others have experienced a dramatic slowdown in the recurrence of growths. Pashley presented his re- sults to the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology; they were found to be encour- aging enough to justify the therapy as a "credible ad- junct treatment" for the dis- ease. But getting Bristle to Col- orado for Pashley's treat- ments is expensive, since voted to Bristin's struggle that can be found through McRae's page, at . Angel Flight America The Angel Flight America Network is a nationwide, nonprofit organization of six Angel Flight Volunteer Pilot Organizations. Working together, they provide a fully coordinated medical air travel service for qualified patients and family members. This no-cost transportation is provided by about 4,000 volunteer pilots, who fly their own aircraft at their own expense. During 1999, these "angels in disguise" flew 6,500 pa- tients plus their family mem- ber . The Angels also fly dis- abled kids to summer camps. One example is their joint efforts with the Lions Club each summer, when they fly deaf and hearing disabled kids into a special camp in Mariposa. "We strongly support these camps that are intended as a therapy for youngsters whose lives got off to a rocky start," Northern California Mission He has a disease that causes growths on his vocal they have not been approvedCoordinator Dave Taylor cords, affecting his ability to talk and breathe. His fami- for payment by MediCal. said. "Getting 50 or so pilots ly is seeking financial help so he can receive a new The family must come up and more than 100 kids treatment that is proving to be successful in other pw with about $4,000 for each matched up for four different tlents, but is not yet recognized by insurance compa- trip. camps on the same weekend His morn; dad John McRae, is quite exciting." nies. of Quincy; his grandmothers, For referrals or for more McRae and Roberta Dyke, of information, call National Greenville; have covered Patient Travel at 1-800-296- Plumas County with cans 1217. and flyers, hoping for help from residents. A trust fund has also been set up at Bank of America. Checks can be written to i f~~~ ....... "ITF (in trust for) Bristin] (.flU~ (~ur~~. McRae or "Bristin McRae II ~~ Medical Fund." I For more information, call II one of the grandmothers: il Roberta Dyke at 284-7301, or [ . ~: Brenda McRae at 283-5424. ] There is also a Web site de. 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