Naples Daily News Weekend Digest Miss something this week? Catch up on a few of our big stories in this quick digest
For Keegan Tutrow, a day at the ballpark was a wish come true.
Tutrow was born with Chiari Malformation, a brain disorder that causes the cerebellum — the portion of the brain responsible for voluntary muscle control, balance and speech — to grow into his upper spinal column. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, the disorder affects roughly one in 1,000 births in the United States. Genetics seem to be a factor for Chiari; Keegan's mother and sister also suffer from the disorder.
Tutrow, a 17-year-old from Greenfield, Ind., has already undergone more than 10 surgeries to his brain and spinal cord since age 8. He had a shunt implanted at the base of his skull to relieve the pressure caused by the buildup of fluid on his brain, which can be life-threatening because of the increased chances of aneurysm.
"It's a daily struggle with the migraines and the headaches and strokelike symptoms," he said.
A week after President Barack Obama visited his country, Roberto Hernandez sits with friends drinking a beer, now that life is back to normal here.
It was quite a week. Obama toured Old Havana with his family and met with Cuba leader Raul Castro. There also was a Major League Baseball game Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rolling Stones performed a concert on Friday.
But things are quieter now as Hernandez visits at a cafe with his friends Juan Dominguez and Maritza Perez. The three relaxed, reflecting on Obama's historic visit.
With a final splash a few hundred yards south of Goodland among the Ten Thousand Islands, a young loggerhead sea turtle left a group of conservationists behind.
They waited, scanning the surface, as the turtle named Betsy dived under their boat.
"There she is," they shouted as she surfaced moments later, taking bearing of her new endless habitat.
The Greater Naples YMCA celebrated another milestone Tuesday with several long-awaited projects aimed at making local children happier and healthier.
The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida and the YMCA embarked on a collaboration two years ago for the network to open a primary care center in the YMCA.
In their final game in the arena some have called home for four years, there was no way the Florida Gulf Coast University seniors were going to back down.
The FGCU women showed no fear in taking on a college basketball heavyweight in the WNIT semifinals, even when the power conference opponent landed some big blows.
In front of a record women's crowd, the Eagles survived Michigan's second half run in a 71-62 home victory.