Reader submitted content: Family asks for community’s support

Ryan Larue: Brother of Jerad Larue In October 2009, Jerad LaRue, a Portales native, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. Aplastic anemia is a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells. Upon not making new blood cells, the white blood cells turn against the bone marrow, attacking the bone marrow and eventually shutting […]

It’s their job: Administrative assistant survives bone marrow disease

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Exie Williams is the administrative assistant to the director of nursing at Roosevelt General Hospital. Background: I was raised in Portales, and I’ve worked at RGH for six years. I have three kids. I went to school here in Portales and part of my schooling at Eastern (New Mexico University). I haven’t finished my degree […]

Portales woman was closely linked with 70’s famous ‘boy in the bubble’

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By William P. Thompson Born on Avenue H in Portales, Dr. Mary Ann South’s life journey has taken her from Portales into the frontiers of medical research and back again. A pivotal event in her life was the birth of David Vetter in 1971. Vetter, now remembered worldwide as “the boy in the bubble,” survived […]

Local man to meet life-saving donor

Tony Parra For Kevin Gardels one question has been lingering in his mind. What do you say to the person who gave you life? Friday in Los Angeles, Gardels plans to meet the woman who donated her bone marrow to Gardels for a life-saving transplant. “I’ve been thinking about it,” Gardels said. “The day we […]

Program gives life to bone marrow disease patients

Tony Parra The “Give Life” program will be in full force on Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Roosevelt General Hospital in an attempt to receive donors for bone marrow transplants. The National Marrow Donor Program will work in conjunction with the Roosevelt General Hospital to interview candidates who will be asked to […]

Gardels on road to recovery

By Mike Linn A Portales man who underwent a life-saving bone marrow transplant four months ago is back doing chores he once feared he might never do again. Kevin Gardels, diagnosed one year ago with a rare cancer called Myelofibrosis, successfully completed surgery at a hospital in Los Angeles last spring and returned to his […]