Roses and Thorns

[rose] That was an inspiring story this week by EDN reporter Keith Stewart: When 8-year-old Jack Finney’s parents applied to have him attend a kid’s camp through the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST), they didn’t expect he’d be chosen. “Jack turned 8 in December so we just sent in an application,” said Jack’s mother Stephanie. “We weren’t expecting to be chosen as one of 20. But he was.” That led to Jack and his family being flown out to Washington, D.C., last month where the WWAST hosted a week-long softball camp. “Every morning from 8:30 a.m. to noon was the softball clinic,” explained Stephanie. “They taught them softball skills. Some of these kids had loved baseball since they were old enough to hold a ball but some hadn’t played so they began by hitting soccer balls off a tee.” Roses for Jack, and the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. That sounds like one heckuva fine program.

[rose] The Effingham Daily News is seeking nominations for “Angels Among Us,” a recognition given to ordinary individuals doing extraordinary things. Nominees for this honor are our friends, neighbors and community members who go above and beyond to help make this community a better place. Those wishing to nominate someone should do so online at www.effinghamdailynews.com/angels. Nominations can also be dropped off at or mailed to the newspaper: 201 N. Banker St., Effingham, IL 62401. The deadline is July 21. Your EDN publisher, Darrell Lewis, said what makes this recognition important is that it showcases individuals who do not always have their efforts recognized.

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