Etcetera - 11/16/11

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Brenda Gordon has been reflecting since she heard the news s few weeks ago that The Medicine Shoppe at 25 S. Colville St. will close. Pharmacist Ron Becker and his staff became highly valued close to 18 years ago when Brenda's family "faced a very difficult health struggle with our then-newborn son."

Unexpected health issues arose following the baby's birth, Brenda said, and she and her infant spent 32 days at Seattle Children's Hospital.

"As a result of the difficult beginning and the fragile balance his recovery continued to be, he had repeated blood tests and resultant prescription changes even after those first 32 days," Brenda recalled.

When they came home to Walla Walla in mid-December 1993 Brenda found one pharmacy after another that was unable to meet the needs for her infant's balance of medication.

"My extra energy and reserves weren't up to their normal levels; hence, when I went looking for pharmacies to help us face our ongoing challenge with the various and frequent changes, it felt like a seemingly insurmountable situation" to not find a local facility that could help.

"I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that Ron Becker saved our lives during that time when he responded with, 'Sure -- I can help you with all of this' and has done just that through these past years.

"While our medication changes and needs have been greatly reduced, the support, energy, willingness to use the skills of compounding formulas for a newborn baby at that time and on through the times when less adjustment has been needed have ensured our loyalty and gratitude to Ron Becker and his loyal staff's fine assistance at The Medicine Shoppe."

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Friends are marshaling efforts to raise funds for Eric Roden, who was in a serious four-wheeling accident Oct. 29. While elk hunting, the Milton-Freewater resident sustained two skull fractures, a broken collar bone and first rib and bruises and contusions on both lungs, said Angela Evensen, his sister.

He's been recovering at his parents' home here since his discharge from Legacy Emanuel in Portland. They're not sure how long Eric's recovery will take, Angela said.

A family-friendly taco feed will be Sunday at Walla Walla Elks Lodge 287, 351 E. Rose St. A silent auction will begin at 2 p.m. Rubberneck will play music from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. The lodge donated the facility for the event.

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Alpha Tau Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is hosting an auction tonight at Eagles Aerie, 530 S. Second Ave. Viewing will start at 6 and the auction will start 6:30. There will be stocking stuffers, baskets, jewelry, handmade items and toys, and light refreshments will be provided.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com.

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