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Campaign for bone marrow donors comes to USF

When Jeff Wagner sought a blood and marrow stem cell transplant donor in 2007, he dreamed of standing at the altar before friends and family at Idlewild Baptist Church and greeting his donor afterward.

On Wednesday, that dream becomes a reality. The man Wagner calls his "life saver," Josef "Sepp" Feuerecker, and his wife, Maria, will appear with Wagner at a 6:30 p.m. service. Wagner, who has become a motivational speaker, is building what he calls the biggest bone marrow drive in Tampa history around Feuerecker's 10-day visit from Germany. He's seeking folks between 18 and 44 years old, especially minorities and multiracial people, to register at sites at the University of South Florida on Oct. 9. For information, go to Afinishstrong.com. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Since When Did Unquestioning Obedience to Corporate Interests Become Patriotic? …

I like a mid-Pinellas County location as a compromise to get a new baseball stadium for the Rays and placate St. Petersburg officials, but it won't work if the Rays are set on Tampa. …

Kudos to Cafe Kili. The Temple Terrace coffeehouse recently earned recognition as the nation's ninth-best coffee shop, the Huffington Post says. …

The Franciscan Center, 3010 Perry Ave., Tampa, invites the community to bring pets to its blessing of the animals at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The event celebrates the deep love of creation held by St. Francis of Assisi. …

The Florida State University-University of South Florida weekend allowed me to catch up with childhood friend Joe Pankowski for the first time in nearly 30 years. The bonds formed during my Catholic grade school days remain special. …

That's all I'm saying.

Campaign for bone marrow donors comes to USF 09/30/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 1, 2012 12:18pm]
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