Not Your Average Joe

Vacaville Restaurateur Has a Team to Thank for His Life… Kathy and Joe Murdaca The way Joe Murdaca figures it, he was clinically dead for about 48 seconds. It was Oct. 10, 2013, and he was driving back from his restaurant, Pietro’s No. 1, in downtown Vacaville. He was just back from a vacation and…
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Minutes Matter…

Clot-Busting Drug Delivered in Time Wayne credits his family’s quick action for helping him survive his stroke. With him from left, Scottie Senalik and Jeremy and Ryan Epperson with children Evan and Weber. Wayne Senalik was feeling fit and relaxed on a balmy Sunday in May. He and his wife, Scottie, were looking forward to…
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Orlando’s Journey

Cinema Student Shares Story on Camera Orlando Torres, right, was often joined by his brother Leonardo and mother, Esperanza, in the infusion room at the NorthBay Cancer Center. With dreams of becoming a director someday, 20-year-old cinematography student Orlando Torres was much more comfortable behind the camera, until a dramatic diagnosis compelled him to step…
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Making Her Whole Again

Overcoming Scars with Reconstructive Surgery Janet Fowler went 12 years without a mammogram. She was busy keeping a roof over her family’s heads and being a caregiver for others, including her boy-friend who had liver cancer. But she knew she was taking a chance with her health. “I could feel a lump and see changes…
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Steps to Success

New Knee, New Lease on Life Who says you’re supposed to slow down as you hit your silver years? Not Ennio DePianto. A lifelong runner, the 75-year-old also loves to play golf, dance, travel and ski. He exercises regularly and keeps himself busy maintaining more than 700 olive trees on his 160 acres in rural…
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Her Cause is HER Cause

A diagnosis of diabetes was a shock for Mercille Locke, R.N., a physically active cycling enthusiast, who has been known to pedal more than 100 miles in a single day. For five years, Mercille Locke, R.N., has been a champion for diabetes education and awareness. She helped found NorthBay Healthcare’s Ride to Defeat Diabetes fundraiser…
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