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March 12, 2019

Around the nation: He was planning to bike 5 miles to save his dad—then his teacher offered to help

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    First-grade teacher Keller Sutherland said she offered to help 7-year-old Cameron Simoncic when he told her that his dad, who is diabetic, was unconscious after experiencing a hypoglycemic episode, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arkansas, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. 

    • Arkansas: IHOP locations in Arkansas this week are partnering with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals on free pancake day to raise money for Arkansas Children's Northwest and Arkansas Children's Hospital. Guests who go to IHOP for free pancakes will be encouraged to donate to the hospitals (Reese, KATV, 3/10).

    • South Carolina: Teacher Keller Sutherland and her husband recently saw a young boy riding his bike on the highway in heavy traffic, and Sutherland recognized the boy as one of her former students, 7-year-old Cameron Simoncic. Cameron told Sutherland that his dad, who is diabetic, was unconscious, and since he was unable to unlock his dad's phone to call for help, he decided to bike five miles to his grandmother's house to get help. Sutherland called emergency services, and first responders were able to help Cameron's dad right away (USA Today, 3/5; Glavin, WBTW, 2/12).

    • Wisconsin: The Medical College of Wisconsin is planning to build a $100 million cancer research center on the college's Wauwatosa campus. The center would house the school's cancer research labs, equipment, and staff. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) allotted $15 million in funding for the new research center in his proposed state budget, and though that's less than the $25 million the college had sought Joseph Kerschner, dean of the Medical College's School of Medicine, said they are grateful for the proposed funding (Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/7).

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