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Thanks for caring – and for sharing

Overcoming an addiction can be a tough, ongoing battle, according to those who are winning the fight. It’s probably not easy for a recovering addict to share the story of developing a habit, the pain and loss that followed, and the challenges to reversing course.

Yet, seven people recovering from addiction described their struggles and the how they overcame them Wednesday night in Tiffin. We tip our cap to them for being willing to share their tales.

Hats off, of course, to the professionals who helped them get on a better path.

We also want to commend the students from Heidelberg and Tiffin universities who are training for careers that would put them in position to assist individuals in similar situations. Hopefully, the discussion Wednesday evening will encourage the students as they prepare to become the next generation to offer help to those struggling with addiction.

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Students help kids

Hats off to Columbian High School’s marching band, cheerleaders and flag squad for a special performance prior to Friday night’s football game to raise pediatric cancer awareness.

Band Boosters president Jodi Roszman – whose son Sam, a third-grader at Krout, was diagnosed December 2008 with a brain stem tumor – hoped to highlight Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.

“We want to promote cancer awareness as much as possible this month,” Roszman said. “People may not know that September is childhood cancer awareness month.”

Also be aware that a bake sale is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 28 at Tiffin Heritage IGA, 479 E. Market St., in support of Cookies for Kids with Cancer.