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Posted by Freda R Selk on August 30, 2010 at 5:28 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, I couldn't resist sharing this little guy with everyone. This is the grandson of Teresa Merkel (ICRA Field Staff). Now I realize not EVERYONE is a HAWKEYE fan, so if you have a picture of your someone special sporting his/her favorite colors, send it to me and I'm very willing to give equal time!


another gramma is born...

Posted by Freda R Selk on June 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We have another grandma in our organization! Congratulations to Cindi Dryer (SHRI Central Office) who has welcomed her first grandchild into her life. Of course, we have all been telling her how wonderful "gramma-hood" is but, until you actually experience it firsthand, you have no idea.


Welcome, baby Olivia...



Grandbabies – Who instructs these tiny thieves to steal our hearts and take our breath away? And why isn’t it written anywhere that the first gift that we’ll give to our grandchildren won’t be a ducky, or a blanket, or a new pair of jammies.The first gift we give is our heart….”    - Chris Shea

Thank you from Sara & Mike Holton

Posted by Freda R Selk on June 4, 2010 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The delay in sending a thank you comes only because it is hard to find words that truly reflect the gratitude we have for your wonderful donation(s) made for our silent auction benefit.


Through this tragic time in our life we have learned so much about human compassion. Your extreme generosity and kindness is overwhelming. We had over 80 items at the silent auction and approximately 400 guests to bid on them. What a fantastic day as we saw friends and family that came from across the states.


With the monetary donations and the many many wonderful baskets and silent auction items the benefit raised close to $10,000. With one transplant (Kidney) done, the numerous complications and the multiple hospital stays (11 to date) and now the journey toward a new heart our medical bills are unimaginable. However, this has most certainly helped relieve some of our burden so we can concentrate on returning Mike's health.


The simple words of thank you are hardly enough to express our gratefulness but for now that is all we have, so THANK YOU and you will all forever be in our hearts.


Mike and Sara Holton

Another Silent Auction Donation!

Posted by Freda R Selk on May 13, 2010 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Lori Odle (SHRI-field) has donated a gift of twelve note cards to the Silent Auction to be held for Mike Holton, husband of Sara (Mayo Cancer Registry).

Click here to go to Mike and Sara's Caringbridge site.

Lori's donation is an assortment of photos.





Posted by Freda R Selk on April 29, 2010 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

by Judy Sebern Beachy

Sara Holton is the Cancer Registrar from Rochester MN which works closely with Iowa to submit information on the Iowa residents who are seen at the Mayo Clinic.  Her husband, Mike, has been undergoing some health challenges and you can read about it on their Caringbridge site.

This week I mailed off some donated items for the May 22nd Silent Auction Benefit. It’s not too late for others to send donations for this; deadline is May 15th. Contact me and I will give you the address of where to send donations.

Thanks also to Cindy Burgin for the donation of the wonderful handmade crocheted blanket. My sister donated the travel purse and I donated one of my tulip paintings.

Funny how it all seemed to coordinate together, without even trying! We wish Sara and her husband all the best.


Posted by Freda R Selk on April 20, 2010 at 5:33 PM Comments comments (0)

We have another bundle of joy to introduce to the membership!


Welcome Callum McKay Janes. Baby Callum is the grandson of Wanda Mattingley (SHRI-field). He was born on April 1, 2010, weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long!


What a cutie pie.


Congratulations to Wanda and family!

another bundle of joy to report!

Posted by Freda R Selk on March 15, 2010 at 5:23 PM Comments comments (0)

by Renee Hoyt

This little guy is almost five months old now but we still wanted to share the joy! This is Sheila Janda's (ICRA "Prez") grandson, Vincent Patrick Curfman, born October 22, 2009 in Houston, Texas. He weighed 7 pounds and was 21 inches long at birth.



Congratulations, Sheila!

our president has been published!

Posted by Freda R Selk on March 10, 2010 at 5:36 PM Comments comments (0)

Click on this link to see Management Q&A from Advance for Health Information Professionals. Our President, Sheila Janda, had her Answer published in response to the March 3, 2010 Management Q&A question!


Congratulations, Sheila!


Posted by Freda R Selk on March 9, 2010 at 9:53 AM Comments comments (0)

by Judy Sebern Beachy


I know many of you are on Facebook these days…. I am only mildly interested in this, but I must say, Facebook is a wonderful place to connect with old friends and keep track of people. On my recent trip to Phoenix, Arizona, I had posted this on Facebook, and I received a message from Hani Babiker telling me that he now lives in Phoenix- So we had lunch together on Friday.


Some of you may remember Hani from his time at SHRI from 2004 to 2005 covering the SW territory, after moving from Iowa City to Omaha.


Hani is such an interesting guy, born in Sudan, educated in Saudi Arabia and a few other countries along the way, then working as Physician in London before coming to the US. I was always amazed at Hani since he knows how to speak at least five languages I believe- he is one smart guy.


Currently Hani is an Internist working at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale. Part of his time he works as hospital staff, then the other half he is teacher with the Interns. He usually has one week “on” and then a week “off”…. crazy schedule, but he seems very happy and loves the warmer weather of Arizona compared to life in New York.


Hani says he has fond memories of Iowa and wishes to say “hello” to all at SHRI office. He wants to come visit again, maybe at a SHRI staff meeting. He even offered to make a medical lecture if we needed a speaker some time.


Posted by Freda R Selk on February 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM Comments comments (0)

Teresa Merkel (SHRI-field) has become a new gramma. This is her first grandson. Little Anthony Thomas arrived February 8, weighing in at 8 lbs 7.6 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long!


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