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                                Newsmakers
Freedom First Continues Community Grant
For the second straight year, the City of Salem’s Farmers Market has been
awarded the competitive Freedom First Community Grant Award. Salem Mayor Randy Foley accepted a $5,000 check on behalf of the city at the January 26
Council meeting from Freedom First Vice-President Dave Prosser.
The generous award will allow the market to once again offer matching funds for its Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) users May through October. For example, a SNAP program participant who spends $10 on fresh food and produce at the Salem Farmers Market will receive $20 worth of food.
     Salem Residents Honored by JDRF for Mission Support
Salem’s Mary Lou and Stewart Bruce were honored this spring by the Greater Blue Ridge Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Soon after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 14 years ago, Mary Lou became actively involved in the chapter’s programs and fundraising.
 Mary Lou Bruce, Betsy Burtis, Rachel White and Sally Southard
The Bruces were honored at JDRF’s 12th annual Denim and Diamonds gala in late March where more than $400,000 was raised.
She and husband, Stewart, who is a senior vice president at Graham White Manufacturing, have given freely of their time and resources to help find a cure for the autoimmune disease. However, the chapter’s President, Charlotte Kidd, says the Brucess “can do” spirit and positive attitude are truly the reasons so many people rally around them and the cause.
“Mary Lou’s passion, support and caring attitude for JDRF’s mission is what makes our organization so successful,” says Kidd. “It is people like her that make us all want to work harder to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.”
In 2014, Mary Lou and former Salem School Board Chair Sally Southard, who is also a Type 1 diabetic, took part in a cutting edge clinical trial at the University of Virginia. The two were roommates for a week as they tested the new artificial pancreas project, in which a smart phone helps monitor and control insulin levels.
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