Members of the local Washington state National Guard unit and the Daryl Meidinger VFW Post 466 of College Place bowled over retired Rear Adm. Darold Bigger recently with a surprise award.
Darold received a U.S. Navy commemorative bowl Tuesday in honor of his service to local veterans, reported U-B colleague Andy Porter.
Former veterans advocate Roxanne Hinkle made the presentation after the admiral had finished swearing local resident James Ruzicka, 48, into the U.S. Army, where he will resume active service after 13 years of civilian life.
According to the inscription on the base, Darold's bowl is No. 9 of 5,000, made by Pickard, Inc. Trimmed with gold, the bowl's exterior is decorated with reproductions of paintings of famed U.S. Navy ships and aircraft and its inside surface has the Navy seal and signal flags running around the rim.
The flags, each one which represents a letter of the alphabet, spell out a message, Darold said. But since it has been a while since he was called on to read signal flags, Darold said he would have to decipher the message at a later date.
Area resident Al Statler donated $5,000 to Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center in December.
He has had a keen interest in cancer treatment technology since his days as a college student, and has followed advancements over the years, said Kathleen Obenland, director of public affairs at the hospital.
Al's donation helps bring the latest in treatment technology to local patients. The donation is for a new Clinac iX Silhouette Linear Accelerator, which the hospital installed in 2009 and began utilizing to treat patients in December.
The machine is a step forward in cancer treatment technology, Kathleen said. Medical professionals can deliver higher doses of radiation to the tumor with extreme precision, and affect less healthy tissue around it. Being able to provide higher doses has been linked in studies to improving survival rates of cancer patients.
The technology is particularly beneficial for treating tumors in sensitive areas where the risk of damage to healthy tissue can have significant side effects for patients.
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