Trail native Craig Cunningham talks about getting a second chance at life

first_img It feels good, any time you can get some extra support and some extra help from other people, it makes a big difference. It’s nice to know that people are reaching out to try and help you through tough times. Cunningham, on the wide-range of support from the hockey community: Thanks to a top cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Zain Khalpey, and Dr. George Haloftis, a physician at St. Mary’s Hospital as well as other doctors, the Trail Minor Hockey product was able to speak today following an almost unbelievable turn of events as documented in the Arizona Daily Star. I don’t remember anything from that whole day, actually. The last thing I remember is playing the weekend before. I want to thank everyone, from the fire department to our trainers to the doctors at St. Mary’s, the doctors at Banner, to every single nurse that has helped me so far. If I could actually use some names; from St. Mary’s, Dr. George and Dr. Reza, and from Banner Hospital, Dr. Khalpey, Dr. Hughes, and Dr. Yankis, without those five people, our trainer Deven, and the fire department, I don’t think I’d be here today, so thank you. Cunningham, on the support and response from the Tucson community: It means a lot obviously, she was down here watching me when it happened, so she’s been here since day one. My whole life, she’s been the backbone of our whole family, and nothing’s changed now, she’s still there for me every day, and I couldn’t be any more thankful. Cunningham, on if he remembers anything from the night of the incident: General Manager Doug Soetaert: On behalf of the Arizona Coyotes and the Tucson Roadrunners organization, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved in this incident that occurred. We’re in the hockey industry, which is about teamwork, commitment, and working hard to achieve a goal – and I can tell you, from being a little bit on the inside here, from day one, I’ve never seen anything like this in my life in regards to the teamwork that the doctors at the hospitals utilized to save a young man’s life. It’s been an incredible venture, we’re happy to see Craig sitting here today, and he’s got a full life ahead of him. All we can do is wish him the best and thank everybody for their commitment in saving his life. Thank you so much. With mother Heather Cunningham watching from the stands, team trainers, medics as well as a group of local firefighter raced to save the Roadrunners’ player. I don’t think I will ever find the words to express how grateful I really am; Craig would not be here with us today if these people had not gone that extra mile in every aspect of this situation. The only reason he survived the original incident was the continued refusal to give up in a seemingly hopeless situation. On behalf of the trainers, the emergency responders, the doctors and nurses, the rest of the recovery has followed the same story. The doctors and nurses have monitored him meticulously and caught all incoming problems in their early stages. They have made difficult decisions without hesitating, and have acted effectively under extreme pressure when they were caught between a rock and a hard place. They have run out of options, and had to create new options by pushing the boundaries of things that they have tried and implemented before. Most of all, they have refused to give up in spite of hopelessness, they have given Craig a chance to recover, and that continues to exceed anything that could have ever been expected. These people are nothing short of a gift to mankind, and I will remember the gift that they have given me every time I look at my son. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.center_img Cunningham, on what it means for his mother to be by his side: Craig’s Mother, Heather Cunningham: Craig Cunningham opening statement: Cunningham, on how he’s feeling day-to-day: On November 19, 2016, during an American Hockey League game between Tucson Roadrunners and Manitoba Moose, Trail native Craig Cunningham suffered a cardiac arrest before the opening faceoff. As of right now, I probably think that I’m done, but we’ll see when I get back from rehab how it goes. At the level that I was playing at, I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to playing pro, but I don’t know, anything can happen. Some days are good, some days are bad; It’s more for me right now, kind of mental. I’ve been here for so long, I look up at the roof everyday, the same roof, but the nurses have been pretty good about taking me outside, giving me an hour outside each day, and that’s made a huge difference, but it’s been a pretty big grind, just being in the same spot the whole time, looking at the same thing every day. Cunningham, on how he feels about his future hockey career: Here is the transcript from Wednesday’s media conference posted on the Tucson Roadrunners website. It’s been unbelievable, I can’t say enough about the nurses and doctors around here. The people of Tucson, I’ve been getting cards and stuff from people that I don’t even know, so it’s meant a lot to me, I think Tucson’s a great city, and I wish that I could have enjoyed it a little more than I did.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA WINNER’S CIRCLE ANNOUNCES KIDS’ BBQ CHALLENGE

first_imgThe 4th Annual Santa Anita Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship (SAWC) announced a new Winner’s Circle KidsQ contest for 2015. Held in parallel with the State BBQ Championship on Saturday, March 21st, the KidsQ will be a head-to-head BBQ grill off in two age groups: 6-10 and 11-15.To make sure that this is truly a kids competition, officials stress that while each contestant will have one adult assistant, the child contestant must perform the majority of all work including: seasoning, marinating, tending, preparing, and turning in entries. The SAWC does encourage special needs children to enter and will make appropriate accommodations before the event begins.To encourage support from friends, there will be multiple kid-friendly activities available at Santa Anita Park including: bounce houses, face painting, and pony rides.This is a sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) event and the judging of KidsQ entries will be on their standards and weighting factors for appearance, taste, and tenderness. For details on the judging and scoring system, visit the KCBS website.The event will provide meat as well as grills courtesy of The Virtual Weber Bullet contestants are free to keep – and expected to take home.The junior chefs of the top three entries for each age group will receive plaques.For full details, rules, and entry forms for the SAWC KidsQ visit http://www.santaanitabbq.com/kidsq/About The Virtual Weber Bullet & The Virtual Weber Bulletin BoardThe Virtual Weber Bullet is your best source for Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker information on the Web. Popular with competition barbecue teams, the WSM is an easy-to-use water smoker that’s equally at home in the backyard and is built with the same quality you expect from a Weber grill. Visit The Virtual Weber Bullet for 200+ articles about the WSM and its component parts, recipes, usage tips, modification ideas, and other BBQ-related resources. Not affiliated with Weber-Stephen Products LLC. www.virtualweberbullet.comThe Virtual Weber Bulletin Board is the premier online discussion forum for Weber charcoal grills, gas grills, smokers, portable grills, and accessories. Meet fellow Weber enthusiasts, ask questions, share recipes, troubleshoot problems, buy/sell grills, and so much more. Not affiliated with Weber-Stephen Products LLC. www.tvwbb.comFor Immediate Release Contact: Ric Gilbert – 408-219-1041 or ricg123@hotmail.comlast_img read more

Google is to launch a new release of its Plex appl

first_imgGoogle is to launch a new release of its Plex application for Google TV.Plex is designed to enable users of the platform to stream their home media on the main TV screen in the home in real time and to facilitate access to online video from a variety of sources.The new release includes a new home screen with an On Deck feature to enable easier browsing of media.Viewers need to install the Plex Media Server on a PC or Mac, and tell the server where to find their home media during installation. According to Google, the server will then organise media, pull down cover art, ratings and other material useful to the browsing experience.Viewers then need to download Plex for Google TV from the Android Market, which will then scan the viewers home network and connect to the server.last_img read more