03/31/14 Human Interest
Sheryle Baker has built her life around finding healing by helping others.
The executive director of the Life Center of the Suncoast grew up in the shadow of her older brother Ira's illness. Baker was only 16 when her brother died, and she emerged with questions.
Her perspective shifted after meeting psychiatrist and author Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, an expert in the field of death and dying and creator of the Five Stages of Grief. Ross served as a mentor for Baker, helping her find a way to transform her grief into a meaningful career. ...
03/26/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — Ryan Hunter-Reay may be in town for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this weekend.
But the IndyCar Series champion said one of his main priorities Wednesday was to visit with parents and children of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute's Families First program who are coping with a parent's cancer diagnosis.
"I can definitely empathize with people here," said Hunter-Reay, co-founder of Racing for Cancer. His mother, Lydia, died after a two-year battle with colon cancer in 2010....
01/24/14 Human Interest
For Barbara Hobbs, raising awareness about adults with special needs is a deeply personal issue.
Hobbs serves as the voice of the Feb. 1 Super Tailgate for Charity fundraiser for Sunrise Community, a nonprofit organization that provides support for adults with disabilities. She says her involvement has helped define her true purpose in life.
Hobbs came to know Sunrise two years ago. While going through a divorce, the full-time mother of four made a things-to-do list and "Taking care of her family" topped the list....
12/20/13 Human Interest
Earl Joseph Mayo had a knack for timing. Married for 56 years, his wife, Fran, said the hands of a clock could fall off and Earl would still rise each morning at 6:30 on the dot. • The morning of Nov. 16 began in the usual way, with Earl and his wife sharing a quiet breakfast in their scenic senior mobile home community tucked away in Zephyrhills. She had strong coffee; he had his usual cereal mixture of half Honey Nut Cheerios and half Special K with sliced fruit on top. ...
11/29/13 Human Interest
While some have been busy scooping up holiday deals during Black Friday and lining up their credit cards for tomorrow's Cyber Monday event, others are making plans for a new type of holiday tradition this week: Giving Tuesday.
In the spirit of holiday giving, Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a national movement to encourage people to participate in charitable acts. The momentum behind Giving Tuesday? Create a national day of philanthropy the day after the series of branded shopping promotions. ...
11/01/13 Human Interest
Junior League of Tampa president Lee Lowry acknowledges that women's charity groups sometimes conjure up stereotypical images of "ladies who lunch" or highfalutin tea parties replete with white gloves and fancy pearls. • But not the Junior League. They might still wear pearls, but the gloves are off. With 85 percent of its members working outside the home, the league consists of women with diverse backgrounds who want to enhance their skills while taking on child welfare and education issues. • Ad 2 Tampa Bay recently awarded the league its pro bono Public Service Campaign for 2013-14, and the league hopes to be at the forefront of raising awareness about sex trafficking. • Lowry, a married mother of two who also works as the communications director for St. John's Episcopal Church and School, recently spoke with Times staff writer Aimée Alexander about the awareness campaign and the league's upcoming holiday gift market....
10/23/13 Human Interest
Mahesh Modha believes that everything in life revolves around relationships.
As this year's chairman of Tampa's India Festival, Modha spent the past year cultivating relationships and leading a team of 200 volunteers in setting the stage for Saturday's long awaited annual event.
"It's time to abdicate and deliver," he said.
Modha promises this year's festival will be the most memorable of the past 26 years, largely because of the volunteers. Although he sees himself as an instrument guiding the volunteers, "Really, they make me look good."...
08/16/13 Human Interest
RUSKIN — It's one week before school starts and Christian Torres, 17, is immersed in all things video.
Seated at his desk in the studio/control room of Lennard High School, he is editing videos that will debut the first week of school. As producer of Lennard's morning show, The Daily Roundup, Torres can regularly be found roving the halls, bouncing from classroom to cafeteria to pep rally, with his Canon camera slung over his shoulder....
06/08/13 Human Interest
Photo by Bob Clements
PLANT HIGH ROWING BRINGS HOME BRONZE IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Plant High Rowing made it back into the medals at the national scholastic competition over Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 2009. Plant (South Tampa) attended the National Championship with the largest number of athletes in its program's history (94) and the greatest number of entries among all schools attending. The athletes competed at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America's National Championship, in Camden, N.J., on the Cooper River, placing two boats — men's and women's lightweight eight — into Grand Finals. Despite challenging conditions, Plant High's men's lightweight eight sprinted at the finish of the 1,500-meter course to earn the bronze medal by beating New Trier of Illinois by 0.5 seconds and St. Augustine College Prep School from New Jersey by 0.7 seconds. Pictured, from left, are: coach Justin Smith; coxswain Garrett Fiss, sophomore; Gus Chavez, senior; Ben Johnson, senior; Liam Forrest, junior; Robert Clements, sophomore; Ian Harrison, sophomore; John Chase, sophomore; Zakee Arth, sophomore; Frank Kozel, sophomore; and head coach Mike Moseley.
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