Siblings long-time arthritis battlers

Kristen McAllister, right, gets a hug from big sister, Lauren McAllister, after Lauren ran in 2012 Jingle Bell Run 5k to beat juvenile arthritis. Since April 9, Lauren McAllister has been making a career out of defeating arthritis, especially juvenile arthritis, having seen the effects paralyze her younger sister, Kristen McAllister.

That’s the most serious among a host of Kristen’s struggles, battling the joint affliction for more than a decade.

“The medications to treat juvenile arthritis, they weaken your immune system. ... She had a kidney infection that she could not fight off ... and that triggered an auto-immune attack on her spinal cord and that has left her paralyzed from the waist down,” said Lauren, development manager with The Arthritis Foundation in Nashville.

Spending 154 days in the hospital in 2015, Kristen currently is in physical therapy learning to walk again.
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Lights Up at The Pinnacle

Elizabeth Delarosa, left, and Sarah Delarosa Hundreds of families turned out to celebrate the season and raise donations for Mission of Hope’s Blue Barrel Fund during Lights Up at The Pinnacle.

Pinnacle shopping center held its annual Lights Up event Friday, Nov. 18, in the shopping center in Turkey Creek. Children got to meet and have their photo taken with Santa, watch balloon animals be made, enjoy treats and hear the voices of Cedar Bluff Middle School Choir.

For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.

Morgan’s new hobby leads to Hot-Trot 10k win, Boston Marathon

Breast cancer survivor Michelle McCuistion, center, joined relatives Cade Cook and his younger sister, Maelyn, among seven relatives who took part in annual Hot to Trot 5k/10k/and Fun Run Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 24, on Parkside Drive. Growing up an avid swimmer, and a long-time member of Village Green Gators swim team before competing with Farragut High School’s club team, Nicholas Morgan switched gears “about three years ago.”

His new “gear” involves marathons and shorter competitive runs plus triathlons. “I’ve won a number of triathlons, some of the local ones … and some 5k’s, five or six,” this Village Green resident and 1997 FHS graduate said after adding a new first-place category to his list.

Morgan won annual Hot to Trot 10k run [37:08.12] Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, on Parkside Drive, among 661 competitors.

An English professor at Pellissippi State Technical Community College with a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry, Morgan said about winning, “I’m happy and surprised. Conditions were good and there was some good competition. … Long, slow, mild hills.”
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Regal Scholarship makes college possible for local graduates

Regal Scholars program, offered for the sixth year in a row, provides one-year renewable scholarships to 10 freshmen, 10 sophomores, 10 juniors and 10 seniors. KNOXVILLE — For senior Alex Perry, being a Regal Scholar made his The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, career possible.

“Everybody knows college is not cheap,” Perry, who graduated from Farragut High School and is majoring in public relations and minoring in psychology, said. “The Regal Scholarship took a big burden off me and my parents. I'm grateful that I won’t have any debt when I graduate, which will make it possible for me to go on for my master's in public relations.”

The Knoxville-based Regal En-tertainment Group’s foundation invests $100,000 each year in the program. These dollars cover tui-tion and room and board for 40 UT students from Knox County. For volunteers from lower-in-come families, the need-based scholarships help make the dream of earning a degree from UT a reality.
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Staying on track during the holidays

The holidays definitely impact SHEs (Sidetracked Home Executives).

Because we're creative, we can go into OPM (Over Pro-duction Mode). Our perfectionism kicks in and we want to recreate the magic we see on glossy magazine covers without thinking about how fake it all is.

We SHEs love the holidays, and since we're easily distracted throughout the year, this time of year can pitch us over the festive edge.

The holidays don't let us off the hook when it comes to the work involved in running a household. Imagine you have a half hour specifically slotted for housework.

You’ve got four 3x5 cards with specific chores on each to direct your work (if you’re on the SHE system).
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