first_imgFor the Week of 08/01/2009. There were 785 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 45 from the week before. Altogether 12,752 new and continuing claims were filed, 324 fewer than a week ago and 5,423 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 3,862 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 63 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 749 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 8 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

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Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Rachel Overfelt was an active fun-loving 8 years old in Wellington. But somewhere between her games of soccer and softball, she started to feel unusually tired.Her mother Debbie Overfelt started to get worried and for good reason. It was soon discovered that Rachel had what is known as a bilateral reflux disorder and it was destroying her kidneys.Rachel OverfeltToday, Rachel is 25. She has suffered a stroke and is now pretty much bed ridden. She lives with her grandparents in Tulsa, who are near a clinic. Her kidneys are shutting down. And she is need of a transplant.Without a full functioning transplanted kidney, Rachel could either live a life of dialysis hooked to a machine, or to die.On Sunday, Oct. 23, Sumner County residents can help with Rachel’s medical expenses. Linda Metzen and Debbie Sisson are holding a Knights of Columbus fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a two taco, beans, rice and salsa dinner for $8. There will also be a silent and live auction and a bake sale. Currently, Metzen and Sisson need items for the fundraiser to auction. They also need baked items.  It could mean anything, such as providing services. The money raised will go toward medicine taken for Rachel’s post surgery treatment, provided she gets a kidney, and provided the surgery is a success.Donation items can be dropped off at Theurer’s or for more information call Sisson at 620-440-1282 or Debbie Overfelt at 620-326-1803.A medical fund has also been established at Panhandle Federal Bank to help with Rachel’s medical conditions.———The (un)luck of the draw We all live a life filled with lucky breaks and misfortunate circumstances that we have little to do with. But for Rachel, if there was a lottery of misfortune, she would be the unlucky winner.Rachel, a 2010 Wellington High School graduate, was born with reflux disorder – a hereditary disease.Ms. Overfelt had four children, a boy and three girls. All three girls were diagnosed with reflux disorder. All three would have Reflux, but because the two younger girls were younger, the disorder was treated, before their kidneys had yet to be damaged.But for Rachel it was too late. She was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection at 8 years old. It was soon discovered that the urine was backing up into the kidney, causing an infection. Those were the functions of Reflux. Unfortunately, for Rachel, the disorder in her was bilateral meaning it was affecting both of her kidneys – not just one. A person can live a normal life with one damaged kidney.“We went to see a Nephrologist specialist, and it was discovered the infections had damaged and scarred her kidneys, which, in turn caused her to have high blood pressure,” Debbie said. “He also cautioned me that her kidneys would not grow along with the rest of her body and that as she grew into a woman’s body her kidneys would not be able to handle a mature person’s body. She would need a kidney transplant someday”The condition was at least under control during her high school years, and she was doing fine, until a few months ago when Rachel suffered a stroke. It was determined the time was now to get a new kidney.Here is the wrinkle to the story. Kidneys are in short supply. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services there are over 100,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a kidney.“Twenty-two people die everyday waiting for a donor,” Debbie said.The Overfelts have met with a kidney transplant board and she has been put on a waiting list. It is going to be a hard sell for Rachel because in order to find a kidney she is going to need to find one from someone who is under 35 years old. People that age don’t usually want to give up one of their kidneys. It can either be a male or a female who is no longer bearing children.The review board then must determine if the recipient of a kidney is the best match. Rachel can get a kidney with Type A or Type O blood. Also, the donor has to have a body mass index that is similar to Rachel’s.Then there is the post-surgery if Rachel is lucky enough to get the kidney. Debbie said getting a kidney from a live donor will result in her taking at minimum of six or seven anti-rejection medicines for the rest of her life. This is if she is lucky enough to get a kidney from a live donor. The number of medicines will skyrocket if the kidney comes from a cadaver donor.“The cost in medicine alone would be $5,000 a month,” Debbie said. “And that is with a live donor.”In the meantime, the Overfelts wait. No matter how you slice it, life will not be easy for Rachel.“Rachel continues to keep her sweet spirit in spite of not feeling well,” Debbie said. “Her appetite has been affected and she has lost weight.  She doesn’t have the energy to even drive anymore.”But she wants a second chance at life, to feel healthy again, and to be able to do all the things a 25 year old should be able to do, Debbie said.“So, as scary as all this is, she’s ready, and is waiting for a donor,” Debbie said.Anyone interested in donating a kidney, should call St. Francis Transplant Specialists at 918-502-3900.For more information on being a living donor visit www.livingdonor.org or www.organdonor.gov.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more