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Column - May 13, 2011

Hart 6th-grade girls help leukemia research

by Jeb Bing

Two sixth-grade girls at Hart Middle School put zest into their assignment by teacher Terry Ludlow to undertake a community service project, raising more than $3,500 in just a couple of weeks for leukemia research. For one of the girls, 12-year-old Katie Crawford, the effort was on the personal side. Her mother Nancy, 52, was recently diagnosed with a mild form of leukemia. Although tests show no treatments are necessary now and she's likely to have many trouble-free years ahead, the news nevertheless shook the Crawfords' Laguna Oaks household.

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Posted by Terry Ludlow, a resident of Hart Middle School
on May 13, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Mr. Bing - Thanks for the great article entitled "Hart 6th-grade girls help leukemia research"! It was a great honor to work and encourage the girls, but I wasn't the teacher that gave the assignment. That honor goes to Mary Geasa, who has her Quest classes doing various community services. Kate Crawford and Gracie McKeag would come to me when road blocks came up, and I did help with suggestions, but it was Mary Geasa that got this ball rolling! Thanks Mary for showing how great our Hart students are!

Posted by Nancy Sarowski, a resident of another community
on May 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

My husband is Katie Crawford's godfather. We've known Nancy Crawford since she was in high school. Pleasanton is very fortunate to have this very responsible, very caring family as one of their residents. Thank you for publicizing Katie and Gracie's efforts to raise awareness for the need for more research for this terrible disease. You and they are truly Great Americans!

Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)

Posted by Dana, a resident of Hart Middle School
on May 30, 2011 at 10:13 am

Nice work ladies....Hart has HEART!