- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)8
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)33
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
- Cape police warn of 'Grandparent Scam' (12/4/16)
Story sheds light on life in shadows
To the editor:
I am writing in regard to the Sept. 14 story about Graycen Beardslee and her genetic condition that required her to "live in the shadows" by Lindy Bavolek.
We met Graycen and her mom at Camp Sundown, a unique night-camp program free to families with children who can never be in daylight. Graycen is a delightful, normal young girl who, like all our XP (xeroderma pigmentosum) campers, only wants to fit in with her peers. This beautiful story is an excellent example of how well a school system, with the right caring parents and caring staff, is able to serve a special child in a ultraviolet-safe environment.
Congratulations to Graycen, her family and the school for making the environment possible for her, and congratulations to you as a valuable news source for raising awareness about such a rare condition.
CAREN MAHAR, Executive Director, XP Society, Craryville, N.Y.