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Former Red Sox pitcher battling cancer

BOSTON — There’s some encouraging news about former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who is battling cancer.

His wife, Shonda, tweeted a picture of him Tuesday with the caption, “Chemo officially done. Three more days of radiations left.”

Earlier this year, the 47-year-old announced he was being treated for cancer and had undergone surgery.

Schilling has never revealed the exact nature of his illness.

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2. Are secret, dangerous ingredients in your food?

(Susan Biddle/Washington Post file photo)

3. In latest blow to Pebble prospect, mining giant Rio Tinto is pulling out

4. Environmental SWAT team tests runoff to nab polluters

5. U.S. sailors sue Tepco for $1 billion over alleged radiation exposure

Crew members wash the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan in an attempt to remove radiation deposits on March 23, 2011. Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier, in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Tohoku, had taken part in a rescue mission transporting supplies to evacuees and survivors following the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. | AP

6. Northern Europe hit by most bee deaths – EU study


California man battles stage-4 pancreatic cancer

Lindsay Villatoro, Love Song Photography

MURRIETA, Calif. — It was a day she’ll never forget.

An 11-year-old girl from California walked down the aisle with her dying dad in a tear-jerking ceremony that pronounced the pair “daddy and daughter,” ABC News reported.

“It was not easy to do, let me tell you, but I wouldn’t change it for the world,” said Jim Zetz, 62, who has stage-4 pancreatic cancer and is expected to live only a few more months.

“In 20 years, when she really gets married, she’s going to be happy that happened,” he said.

A photographer close to the Zetz family arranged the mock wedding as a surprise, to give Jim the chance to celebrate a milestone he’ll likely miss as his cancer progresses.

Lindsay Villatoro of Love Song Photography secured donations for Jim’s suit, his daughter Josie’s white gown, a wedding cake, catering and flowers.

Jim’s wife Grace Zetz, 54, called the ceremony a “beautiful” surprise.

“We didn’t really know what was going to happen — she put it all together in 72 hours,” she said. “She came in with three truckloads of decorations for my backyard!”

It happened on March 14, Josie’s 11th birthday.

She’s old enough to grasp the seriousness of her dad’s condition, her mom said.

“The therapists recommend we use big words and make her understand that none of this is her fault,” Grace said. “This is life and death and Jim has gotten a lot sicker over the past few weeks. She knows she has to be patient and it hurts.”

Jim was diagnosed with cancer last October. Doctors explained it was “fast-growing” and “too late to do anything,” Grace said.

After suffering through three months of chemotherapy, Jim opted to stop treatment and enjoy the months he has left.

“It’s been hard, his diagnosis was an aggressive one and things have gone by so quick,” Grace Zetz said. “We set goals to do so something every week.”

Jim and Grace are on a cruise to Hawaii this week, paid for by donations from their Murrieta, Calif., community.

“With the blessing of the hospice team, I have a suitcase full of drugs and we decided to take a little time to ourselves,” Grace said.

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Seddon’s mother says cancer cells decreasing

Outpouring from first responders for boy with leukemia

BOSTON — Tyler Seddon, the brave 7-year-old boy battling leukemia for the second time, is almost in remission, according to his mother, Rachel.

In a Facebook post, Rachel Seddon-Dunn said Tyler’s leukemia cells have decreased from 5 percent to .03 percent, which means he’s nearly in remission.

“Tyler’s feeling great,” she wrote in the post.

In the post, Seddon-Dunn said Tyler is looking at two more cycles of chemotherapy and then he will be ready for a bone marrow transplant when a donor is found.


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Retired firefighter Denise Elarms is fighting cancer. Photo: Genevieve Ross, Special To The Chronicle

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Shannon Mullins, of Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Services, performs a cremation in Cape Coral, Fla. (AP Photo/The News-Press, Jack Hardman)

5. Toxic Chemical  Detected In More Water Supplies

6. Is the rise in preventable diseases tied to the anti-vaccination movement?

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2. The Future of Fracking in California

Billions of barrels of oil lie in the Monterey Shale. The windfall from tapping into that deeply buried cache could be mind-blowing – so could the damage.

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4. EPA and Army Corps bring clarity to Clean Water Act Expansion proposal

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8. Murray Targets EPA In Lawsuit

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Menino now undergoing chemotherapy for cancer

This Oct. 5, 2012 photo shows Boston Mayor Tom Menino during a campaign event for Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren in Boston.

AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File

BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says he has been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer that has spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

Menino’s doctors said they have been unable to find the source of the cancer and suggested they never will, the Boston Globe reported.

The cancer was discovered by Menino’s physician, Dr. Charles A. Morris, who was examining the former mayor because of chronic weakness in his legs.

Photos: Tom Menino through the years

“They did a scan and Morris called me and said, ‘You have to come see me.’ He was more shaken up than I was,” Menino told the newspaper in a candid interview.

Menino, 71, began to undergo chemotherapy in early March at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

“My attitude really is, we’ll get through it,” Menino told the Globe. “I have great doctors and supportive friends.”

The cancer is said to have no connection to Menino’s series of medical problems in his last years as mayor, his doctors said.

Dot Joyce, Menino’s spokeswoman, told NewsCenter 5 the former mayor is maintaining his regular work schedule at Boston University, calling him “one tough cookie.”  She said Menino has events planned for Sunday.

“I’ve never known Tom Menino to back down from a fight, and I don’t expect him to start now,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him, Angela, their family and many friends.”

Great-grandmother has more than 23K followers

ABC News

An Instagram account set up by a teenager to document his ailing grandmother’s last days has turned into a social feed that has inspired thousands, ABC News reported.

Zach Belden, 18, of Illinois, set up the Instagram account for his great-grandmother Betty Simpson, 80, after her cancer diagnosis as a way to celebrate her life and record the ongoing battle with the disease, ABC News reported.

Neither of them expected the account would lead to a following of more than 23,000 people, including some celebrities.

“He loves me so much, that’s why he did it,” Better Simpson told ABC News. “He doesn’t want to lose me and he;s just good to me. I didn’t even know he was doing this.”

She told ABC News that she has been very sick and nearly died twice six months ago. Since then, ABC News reported, Zach has been by her side when he’s not at school, documenting her everyday life in photos and video clips.

ABC News reported that one of the more popular video clips was Simpson dancing to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy.”

“Everybody liked that,” Simpson told ABC News. “I got calls from California and all different places. They said they thought it was cute.”

Simpson said she is full of gratitude and love for her followers and told ABC News she feels like a celebrity.
“Wouldn’t you?” she asked.

Simpson said she isn’t letting the fame get to her head and wants to live out her days with her family and living every minute to the fullest.

For anyone interested in following Simpson, her Instagram account is @grandmabettey33.

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2. A world awash in nuclear explosive?

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by plutonium, Thomas Cochran and other experts say

3. Iran’s government steps up efforts to tackle pollution

After years of opacity on the subject, the administration has admitted that the main source of the smog is sub-standard gasoline


4. Tokyo Radiation Less Than Paris’s Three Years After Meltdown

5. Vietnam aluminum recyclers endanger humans, environment

6. BPA-free plastics may be less safe than those with chemical

Heather Rider hands son Colin a glass bottle at her eco-friendly store, Monkey Bars. Photo: James Tensuan, Special To The Chronicle

7. Cities spend billions to keep sewage out of your rivers

8. Is coal ash safe to use on roads? Some experts are not so sure

Coal ash is used to de-ice roads in Muscatine, Iowa. (AP Photo/The Muscatine Journal, Beth Van Zandt)

9. New ozone-depleting gases found in atmosphere

New ozone-depleting gases found up high

10. Fukushima’s children at centre of debate over rates of thyroid cancer

Three years after the worst nuclear accident in a generation, the Japanese prefecture is reporting a rise in the number of children showing cancer symptoms. But is this directly related to the disaster, or is the testing more rigorous?
Young children play in a Red Cross 'Smile Park'



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