- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Crowell leads effort to cut low-income tax credits in Missouri (11/19/17)6
Ed Leoni is an inspiration to all of us
The life of Ed Leoni offers one of the more inspirational stories in recent memory.
The 51-year-old Jackson cancer survivor and Southeast Missouri State University professor teaches his students how to live a healthy life. There are repercussions that Leoni knows all too well.
At 39, Leoni found out he had cancer. His disease was treated with radiation and surgery. The hardest part -- changing the way he lived -- Leoni did himself. After his bout with cancer, Leoni gave up all caffeine, including coffee and soda.
Leoni had already given up all alcohol. He knows the importance of exercise, choosing to walk most places. Leoni brings his lunch, even when he's eating out with colleagues.
Now, he's passing his knowledge along to his students. He requires them to change their behavior in five areas: spiritual, physical, emotional, vocational and social. Many of his students say that is their favorite class while in college and that Leoni helped them change the way they lived for the better.
Leoni is an inspiration to his students. He also should be an inspiration for the rest of us.