Friday, September 21, 2012

Robin Roberts Undergoes Bone Marrow Transplant

Good Morning American anchorwoman Robin Roberts underwent bone marrow transplant operation on Thursday September 21st..   During Thursday’s 90-minute procedure, Roberts was surrounded by her closest friends, family and some co-workers.    Roberts is suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome, a disorder spurred by her treatment for breast cancer last year.    According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 18,000 people develop MDS each year — with several hundred of those cases resulting from cancer treatment.

Roberts was born on November 23, 1960, in Pass Christian, MS; daughter of Lawrence Roberts ,a retired Air Force colonel and a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen unit during World War II and Lucimarian Roberts , a former Mississippi state school board chairperson

Robins grew up in Pass Christian, Mississippi , where she played basketball and tennis , among other sports. She attended Pass Christian High School and graduated as the class of 1979 salutatorian . In 1983, Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She was a standout performer on the women's basketball team, ending her career as the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder
She worked as a sports anchor and reporter at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, MS from 1983 to 1984 and WLOX-TV in Biloxi, MS from 1984 to 1986

Robin was ESPN's first on-air black anchorwoman , the first black female host of Wide World of Sports, and the first woman ever to host a network televised National Football League pre-game show.

PND: Prayers and good wishes for Mississippi native, Robin Roberts.


TODAY is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.

The POW/MIA flag was created by the National League of Families and officially recognized by the Congress in conjunction with the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue, "as the symbol of our Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation."

The original design for the flag was created by William Graham Wilkin III. The National League of Families then-national coordinator, POW wife Evelyn Grubb, oversaw its development and also campaigned to gain its widespread acceptance and use by the United States government and also local governments and civilian organizations across the United State.

This day was established by an Act of Congress, by the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. It is one of six days that the POW/MIA Flag can be flown.

The POW/MIA flag was first recognized by Public Law 101-355 in 1990
PND: Honoring today my uncle Robert Neely Jr., (West Point,MS) my father's oldest brother and oldest sibling, who was MIA/POW in the Korean War.
It was only recently ...about 3 yrs ago that the family was contacted by the Army with notification that his remains and those of others were found/identified in a POW camp/starvation.

Prisoner of War Medal
Awarded for actions during the Korean War  

Private First Class Robert Neely, Jr. United States Army, 
was held as a Prisoner of War after he was captured 
on 28 November 1950 during the Korean War.