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Neighbors: Make-A-Wish goes to London

Hello neighbor.

I am out of the office this week, so if you have anything you would like to go into Neighbors on Friday you must email me at: franklincountyneighbors@gmail.com. If you don’t send it there, it won’t make it in.

Today I’d like to tell you about an amazing young woman I met several weeks ago. I wrote a story about her and her family’s impending trip to London, England, thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Cameron Bluh-Derricotte suffers with Wegener’s granulomastosis, a rare form of vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels). One of the many autoimmune diseases, it can attack small and medium blood vessels in different organs and be fatal.

She has been in and out of the hospital many times over the past two years and there have been a couple of close calls.

She is a smart, beautiful young girl who recently turned Sweet 16. Cameron, I want to send you a great big happy, healthy birthday wish.

Last year, Make-A-Wish informed her that it was going to grant her wish and earlier this month Cameron, her parents Becky Bluh and Tony Derricotte, and one of her best friends got on a plane and headed across the ocean.

They spent almost a week in London, a couple of days in Paris and some time in Portugal.

The good news is that Cameron didn’t have any problems while on her special trip.

I sat with her and her parents last Friday and they said it was one of the best times they’ve ever had. They saw all of the major attractions and a few of the not-so-popular ones.

“We took the Magic of London Tour,” Cameron told me. “I had a great time.”

The only thing they missed was the birth of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. They were already home by then, so they had to hear about it, like the rest of us, in the news.

Cameron said she loved Portugal.

“I will remember this for the rest of my life,” she told me.

This is the stuff a good life is made of.

Have a great week. I know I will.

MAYBE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY COULD spend some time at the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum at 2 Mead St. will say “thank you” to the community with a free Summer Celebration.

The public is invited to the family-friendly event to enjoy three lively local bands, Bright Lines, Daniel Hales, and the frost heaves, and Pale Cowboy. There will also be blacksmithing demonstrations by Iron Johnny, some hands-on activities, and a new exhibit.

For more information, call 413-336-8275, email info@industrialhistory.org, or visit: www.industrialhistory.org.

THE GREENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1963 will be holding its 50th reunion in October. Organizers are looking for some of their classmates, so if you know any of the following people, please call Phyllis Pierce at 413-773-8771 or email her at: pmpierce4@comcast.net. The list: Emily Annan, Edward Cutler, Dennis Dassatti, Alan Farrar, Edwin Flagg, Kate Foster, Michael Griffin, Anne Shepard Honsa, Diane Gaynor Hudson, Penelope Perry Jordan, Maruri Laban, Susan Palmer Maguire, Beverly Haskins Podlesney, William Sheridan, Carolyn “Casey” Shaw, Rachael Roy Smith, Merle Taylor, James Tetreault and Richard Trumble.

There you go, Peter Miller, a reunion is planned.

That’s all I have for now. See you Friday.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: franklincountyneighbors@gmail.com or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280. You can also reach Anita on Facebook at Anita’s Neighbors. Information to be included in Neighbors may also be sent to: neighbors@recorder.com up to noon two days before you want it to run.

(This version of this column has been changed to correct an error in the telephone number for the GHS class reunion contact.)

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