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March 3rd, 2010
02:40 PM ET

Cancer Patient Pushes Congress

Imagine having to fight stage four colon cancer:  going through all the painful chemo treatments and coming home to a huge stack of bills. 

It happens to folks every day.   Here's a school teacher who despite having health care insurance, still can't pay the $15,000 out-of-pocket cost from her cancer treatments. 

Priscilla Minter hopes Congress will pass some kind of health care reform soon for all Americans suffering like her.

March 3rd, 2010
09:19 AM ET

Can stimulus $$ improve your kid's lunch?

Today at the CNN Stimulus Desk, we're taking a look at how money from the Recovery Act is being used to try to improve school lunches across the country.

We're following first lady Michelle Obama's trip to Jackson, Mississippi, where she'll highlight a school district that has received tens of millions of dollars - including a couple hundred thousand to improve cafeteria food.

Want to learn how your children's schools might get some federal help?

Check out the Web site for the first lady's program, Let's Move.
And visit the site for the Healthier U.S. School Challenge.

Has the stimulus helped you or your family? Post your thoughts below.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs • Kyra Phillips
March 3rd, 2010
08:37 AM ET

Good Samaritan Gives up Job

A California woman is giving up her job – so another can keep hers. When layoffs were announced in a city council meeting, Patricia Overy willingly gave up her accounting position to a fellow 60-year-old coworker. A wife and the mother of four children, Overy decided to step down because she “felt she could cope with the loss of a job better than” her coworker, Sharon Singleton. Overy’s husband works for the city of Tracy and she is now looking for a new job – a task she feels will be much easier for her, than for Singleton. 

Would you give up your job if it would help someone else?

Fredricka will interview Patricia Overy live on the show tomorrow.

But for today we want to know: Would you give up your job if it would help someone else?

Post your comments here. Fredricka will read some of them on the air in the10am ET hour of Newsroom.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield • Kyra Phillips