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Blood bank is in short supply of all types

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By Cora Frontin

Please come out Wednesday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to noon to support the blood drive at the Oasis. Our blood bank, Florida’s Blood Center, has issued an appeal for all blood types. There is an annual shortage due the demand placed on county hospitals at the height of winter visitor season.

“Big” Jim and Marilyn Flynn, the blood drive chairpersons, work very hard volunteering their time supporting this very important cause. So please if you are able come down and sign up, be a blood donor.

By doing this painless act, you will feel good about yourself just knowing your blood contribution will be a life-saver for someone who desperately needs it.

Life is but a Song

for Karen

Karen Tieman brings a ray of sunshine and many blessings to the lives of Palm Cay residents, and residents in our neighboring communities. Karen has lived in this community for nine years, and has a great love for Palm Cay.

Likewise she is well known and loved by those who live here. Her beautiful smile and upbeat personality makes an unforgettable impression on all those who meet her.

Born with a severe hip displacement which was not properly diagnosed until she was three years of age, she had to be placed in a body cast to correct the problem. At age 19, due to arthritis setting in her hip, Karen underwent a complete hip replacement.

A few years ago she suffered dislocation problems with the hip and had her second hip replacement done. Due to complications from those surgeries, it caused her to have problems with her leg, which had to be broken and straightened.

As a teenager of 17, Karen had a seizure, and after suffering a second one she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The tumor was removed with a follow-up of radiation treatment.

Despite Karen’s many physical trials, which have left her unable to drive a car, that does not stop her from volunteering her time and service making the lives of others a little happier. You see her everywhere, either walking or driving her golf cart to her many activities in Palm Cay or the neighboring communities.

Karen spends every Tuesday at the TimberRidge Nursing Home. She brings a variety of homemade cookies to the residents who live there.

Karen makes up clever lyrics about the cookies and sings the songs as she goes from room to room. Her cookie song brings cheer and laughter to everyone she visits.

She sells the cookies for 50 cents each, and the money made goes into the TimberRidge resident fund, and is used to take residents on trips, furnish art and craft supplies, and various other things.

Karen also enjoys volunteering her time working for the Hospice of Marion County Thrift Shop.

Dedicated to the Palm Cay community, Karen has served as a block captain and worked at the Saturday morning pancake breakfasts.

A gifted singer who has never taken a singing lesson, Karen sings at many of the Palm Cay socials and variety shows. She has also been a guest at the Orange Blossom Opry.

In high school, Karen sang in the chamber choir, which one is selected to join by invitation only. She sang in musicals in a community theater where she lived in southern California.

Also quite the comedian, Karen heads up a group in Palm Cay known as the Just for Fun-ers, they put on comedy skits for the community.

Karen has the gift of making up her own lyrics to songs. She wrote, and submitted a jingle to Song Airlines, (affiliated with Delta Airlines). The airline gave Karen a free air fare ticket to anywhere in the U.S.A. for the lyrics she wrote.

Karen, thanks for bringing the gifts of sunshine and happiness into the lives of so many Palm Cay residents and residents in our neighboring communities.

Homeowners Meeting

Do not forget to attend the PCHA meeting Wednesday, March 12, at 1 p.m. at the Oasis. Jeff King, owner of Cable Vision, will attend the meeting.

The purpose of his visit is to explain the new FCC regulations regarding digital cable transmission.

Thank You

Thanks and appreciation goes out to the PCHA Board who has given two reserved front row seats to all press members, the Palm Cay Sun and the Citizen, for Palm Cay events. This is very much appreciated by all press members, for it will make it easier to get good pictures and story coverage.

Until next week, take care and God bless.

Irish Blessing for the week: where ever you go what ever you do may the luck of the Irish be with you.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Cora Frontin and her husband, Ron, live in Palm Cay with their two “kids,” Maine coon cats Jessy and Muffy. Get news items to her more than one prior to each Friday’s publication date.