The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

AP story section

October 10, 2013

Teen cancer survivor's mural a picture of hope


Dalia said she is working toward an outreach ministry for pediatric cancer patients and their families.

A letter she wrote to Gov. Rick Scott recently helped prompt him to recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A copy of the Sept. 3 proclamation she received now hangs in the Children’s Hospital.

“(Evan) went through a lot, but some of these kids go through unspeakable things fighting cancer,” Dalia said. “These families really need the community’s help.”

Evan said he plans to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer through his artwork, signing each painting with a gold ribbon near his name. The masterpiece that graces the hospital wall serves as a powerful testament to other teens still undergoing the daily stress of the disease, pediatric oncologist Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz said.

“I think knowing that one of our former patients painted that picture, especially for some of the older kids, makes a difference because they can say, ‘Look, I can get through this, and I can go on to do amazing things, also,’ “ Schwartz said.

Through his work, Evan has had the opportunity to meet other young cancer patients at the hospital, sharing stories and letting them name the fish in his mural.

His message to them is simple but powerful.

“Never give up. Never, ever, ever give up,” he said. “There were times when I thought that this would be my life forever, and there was a lot of pain I was going through, but just don’t give up.”

Text Only
AP story section
  • Iraq violence threatens OPEC's precarious balance NEW YORK (AP) -- The oil market has balanced out quite nicely for OPEC in recent years. Now, upheaval in Iraq shows that balance may be more precarious than it has seemed. Dramatic changes in oil production around the globe have offset each other ins

    June 13, 2014

  • Board of Trade Grain mixed, livestock mostly higher CHICAGO (AP) -- Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was 1 cent higher at $5.9025 a bushel; July corn was 1.25 cents lower at $4.4075 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $3.4625 a

    June 13, 2014

  • Health campaign among nation's costliest CHICAGO -- President Barack Obama's home state agreed to spend $33 million in federal money promoting his health care law, hiring a high-priced public relations firm for work that initially was mocked and spending far more per enrollee on television

    June 13, 2014

  • Some states roll back teacher tenure protections WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even before a judge's scathing ruling against California's teacher tenure policies, the once-sacred protections that make it harder to fire teachers already had been weakened in many states -- and even removed altogether in some pl

    June 13, 2014

  • Tigers' Scherzer outduels Sale CHICAGO -- Max Scherzer already has a Cy Young Award. Now he has a complete game. Scherzer tossed a three-hitter in his 179th career start for his first complete game and Victor Martinez hit his 16th homer to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 4-0 win over

    June 13, 2014

  • $40M casino for rural Iowa approved BURLINGTON (AP) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has voted 3-2 to grant a license for a $40 million casino development that would be located in rural central Iowa. Supporters of the Jefferson casino burst into applause during a meeting in Bur

    June 13, 2014

  • Principal case leads to two hearings RED OAK -- Two hearings are planned related to a southwest Iowa school district's plan to fire a high school principal. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reported the effort to fire Red Oak High School Principal Jedd Sherman will be the subject of a

    June 13, 2014

  • U.S. split outgrows voting booth WASHINGTON (AP) -- Political polarization in America has broken out of the voting booth. A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds Americans are divided by ideology and partisanship not only when they cast ballots, but also in choosing where to

    June 13, 2014

  • Cubs' offense no help for Samardzija PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Samardzija has some advice his pitching brethren when it comes to facing streaking Andrew McCutchen. Don't. The way the Chicago Cubs' ace looks at it, trying to get the Pittsburgh Pirates' star out at the moment only opens yourself

    June 13, 2014

  • State to reopen Juvenile Home DES MOINES -- A district court judge on Wednesday ordered the state to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home, telling Gov. Terry Branstad he cannot unilaterally change a law approved by the state Legislature. Judge Scott Rosenberg said the home in Toledo was

    February 6, 2014

AP Video
National News