O'Fallon Weekly May 30, 2018

O'Fallon honors the fallen on Memorial Day Pages 10-11 O’Fallon native CW4 Brown inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame By Angela Simmons Weekly Reporter An O’Fallon native was recently given the highest honor that the Army Avia- tion Association of America can bestow. Dean Brown was in- ducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame for his dedication and heroic actions in flight. Per a news release, “The Army Aviation Hall of Fame honors those persons who have made an out- standing contribution Chief Warrant Officer Four Gerold “Dean” Brown to Army Aviation over an extended period, a doctrinal or technical contribution, an innovation with an identi- fiable impact on Army Aviation, efforts that were an inspiration to others, or any combination of the foregoing, and records the excellence of their achievements for posterity. The actual Hall of Fame is located in the Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, Ala., where the inductees' portraits are hung, along with brief descriptive narratives of their achievements.” Chief Warrant Officer Four Gerold “Dean” Brown joined the Army in 1982, immediately after he graduated from O’Fallon Township High School. Since then, he “has flown almost 10,000 flight hours, 5,100 under Night Vision Goggles as a Special Operations Pilot and now Civilian Mission Flight Instructor with See “Hall of Fame” on page 6 Water Leak Detecting Gas Lines l Back Flow Testing l Vol. 4, No. 6 $1.00 Twins herald a message of hope for cancer survivors By Angela Simmons Weekly Reporter Most parents would do anything to help their children, but one Southern Illinois mom has stepped up to be a surrogate for her daughter, carry- ing twins due this summer. When O’Fallon resident Micaela Gump Johnson was first diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer, she had been trying to have more children and never imagined the journey that lay ahead of her, or that one day, her mother would be carrying her children for her. Johnson was 23 when she was diagnosed with small cell neuroendo- crine cervical cancer in 2015. She and husband Brandon had one young son, Aidyn, and had been trying for more children. “The news was just devastating,” Johnson said. Small cell neuroendo- crine cervical cancer is a very rare and aggressive form, accounting for less than one percent of cases, or just over 100 people diagnosed each year. She had visited her gynecologist just four Sheila Gump, left, stands with her daughter and son-in-law, Micaela and Brandon Johnson. Gump is carrying twins for the Johnsons after a months before going in with what she bout with rare cervical cancer left Micaela facing infertility. (Provided photo) thought was a minor infection. Johnson had to have an aggressive Johnson’s oncologist encouraged the “She wanted to give me a physical treatment plan to lessen the chances couple to meet with a fertility special- exam to be sure things still looked the of reoccurrence, which included hav- ist to find out what their options were. same. I had just seen her four months ing a radical hysterectomy. “There’s no They were concerned about the expense. before that. When she looked, she said standard type of protocol treatment for “Livestrong actually offers a grant for there was a tumor on my cervix that was this type of cancer yet, but they’re finding women in my situation that are being leaking. From there it all went super fast. that the treatment plan that works in most forced to lose their fertility due to a They got me into the doctors in St. Louis, women is a radical hysterectomy fol- got me scans and started a treatment lowed by chemo and radiation treatment,” plan,” she explained. See “Surrogate” on page 6 said Johnson. Water Heaters l Faucets Garbage Disposals Wednesday May 30, 2018 l l Toilets Sump Pumps Video Camera Inspection Tankless Water Heaters l Drain Cleaning High-Velocity Water Jetting $50 OFF ANY SERVICE Save Time and Money 618-624-1700 With a minimum of $200 purchase. Coupon must be presented at time of service. Cannot be used with any other offer. This coupon does not expire. (OFW) 5903 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights, IL 62208