Cary Spotlight | Issue #204

Celebrating a Mother’s Day Miracle, Miss Wake County USA Eligible for Miss Universe, and Cary School Lockdowns

In this Cary Spotlight Issue…

💭Spotlight Hook Trivia

☀️ Cary NC Weather

😀 Quote of the Day

📅 Lots Of Events This Week (The Week at a Glance)

📰 Mother’s Day Miracle: Son’s Kidney Donation Brings Health and Hope

📰 Age No Barrier for Miss Wake County USA as Miss Universe Lifts Age Limit

📰 Car Chase Near Cary Leads to School Lockdowns

🚨The Cary Police Department Crime Data

🏛️ Support Cary Local Businesses

Question: Who is the first woman to win the Turing Award?

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Mother’s Day Miracle: Son’s Kidney Donation Brings Health and Hope

This Mother's Day was particularly meaningful for Justin Starks and his mother, Sheri, of Raleigh, as they celebrate health and togetherness. Sheri had struggled with kidney disease for years, and her condition deteriorated to the point where her kidneys ceased functioning. Faced with limited treatment options, her son Justin decided to donate one of his kidneys to her.

Under the care of Dr. Gayle Vranic, director of the living donor kidney transplant program at Duke, Justin underwent rigorous testing to ensure compatibility. Advances in transplant procedures, such as improved donor-recipient matching and paired exchange options, facilitated the successful surgery. Now, a year post-transplant, both mother and son are healthier than ever.

Their story underscores the critical need for living kidney donations, with over 100,000 people in the U.S. waiting for transplants and thousands dying annually due to shortages. Duke's program offers comprehensive support for potential donors, who can donate even without a specific recipient. Read full story

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Age No Barrier for Miss Wake County USA as Miss Universe Lifts Age Limit

The Miss Universe organization has lifted its age limit for contestants, allowing women over 28 to participate for the first time. Erika Rawes, a 41-year-old mother of two from Holly Springs, has seized this opportunity, winning the title of Miss Wake County USA. Despite being new to the pageant scene, Erika's journey to the stage is both inspiring and unconventional.

She has celebrated a remarkable weight loss of over 100 pounds alongside her husband, a Purple Heart army veteran. Sharing her transformation on TikTok, Erika has amassed over 22,300 followers. Her story extends beyond physical change; diagnosed with autism, she aims to raise awareness about the potential of individuals with similar conditions.

Erika will compete in the Miss North Carolina USA pageant in Charleston on June 14 and 15. Her participation sends a powerful message: with dedication and effort, anyone, regardless of age or circumstances, can aspire to compete in pageants.  Read Full Story

Car Chase Near Cary Leads to School Lockdowns

On Monday afternoon, a car chase involving a stolen vehicle resulted in brief lockdowns at Alston Ridge Elementary and Alston Ridge Middle School in Wake County near northwest Cary.

Deputies attempted to stop the stolen car near Pony Club Circle around 2:30 p.m., but the driver fled, leading to a pursuit that ended near Green Level Church Road and Pickett Branch Road. 

The occupants of the vehicle abandoned it and ran away, prompting the schools to initiate a code yellow lockdown as a precaution. The lockdown was lifted at 3:40 p.m., and student dismissal occurred normally. Authorities have urged local residents to stay vigilant and report any unusual activity.
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Credit: Cary NC Police Dept. (13 May 2024)

The Cary Police Department Crime Data

The Cary Police Department emphasizes accuracy in its crime data reporting, despite challenges inherent in the process. Daily updates and adherence to privacy laws are central to their approach, though the dynamic nature of crime data means information can change over time.

The crime data presented by the Cary Police Department spans the last decade, plus the current year, reflecting a commitment to transparency over an extended period. View Cary NC Police Incidents

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The Answer to the Cary Spotlight Hook Trivia Question 👇👇👇
Frances E. Allen Link to Bio

Frances E. Allen was a pioneering computer scientist who became the first woman to receive the Turing Award in 2006. She was recognized for her fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of optimizing compiler techniques. Her work has had a significant impact on the field of computer science, leading to advancements in the performance of computer programs and systems.