Saturday, August 30, 2008

Orem boy's boss plans to give him a kidney

Sandwich shop owner Marcus Gilbert, left, is helping Juan Delgado get a kidney transplant.
Photo by Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

Deseret News
Published: August 30, 2008

Marcus Gilbert of Roy makes a habit of treating his employees very well. Employment gives them a way of life. But to a 16-year-old Orem boy, Gilbert is giving life itself.
Gilbert owns two sandwich shops, part of the Charley's Grilled Subs franchise. He has owned and operated the Layton Hills Mall location for six years and just acquired the one in Orem early this year.

He was actually asked to purchase the Orem shop last summer. He and his wife, Monica, declined. But when they were asked again in the fall, "something changed," Gilbert said. The purchase became final in February, and in March, he met Juan Delgado.
Juan's sister Esmerelda Delgado, 15, worked for Gilbert at the time.

"She told me her brother needed a job, but he had some health problems that made it hard for him to work," Gilbert said. Juan was given a job, and eventually his mother, Maria, was hired to work part time as well.

Juan Delgado was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease three years ago, resulting in complete and irreversible kidney failure. Gilbert said the boy is going through dialysis three times a week, for three to four hours per day.

Earlier this year, when Gilbert found out that Delgado needed a kidney, he helped start a fundraising effort to raise money. But then, when he learned the teen still needed to find a suitable donor, Gilbert and his wife were both tested.

Gilbert, who has four young children of his own, was a perfect match.

The cost of the kidney has been covered by another organization. However, the boy's family must also have about $100,000 to cover post-operative expenses.

A fund has been established with the Northwest Kidney Transplant Fund, a nonprofit organization that raises money exclusively for noninsured expenses. Donations can be made in Juan Delgado's name by calling 800-642-8399, by visiting, or by sending donations directly to National Transplant Assistance Fund, 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-120, Radnor, PA 19087.

In addition, Gilbert is working with another donor on a raffle to be held at Charley's that will help raise funds for the transplant. He is hoping both store locations will be able to participate, but those details have not yet been completed.

According to Gilbert, the transplant should occur sometime next month. Delgado lost weight during a recent illness, so his doctors are waiting for him to gain some weight and the strength to undergo surgery.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

3R's Project educates about faiths

By Amy Macavinta
Deseret News
Published: August 10, 2008

Fostering a safe environment for students to learn to respect different cultures and religions must start at the top, with the administration, a group of educators said during a conference last week.

Last year, Brighton High School teacher Jodi Ide taught a comparative world religion class, with the blessing of her current administration. But it was only two years ago that a different principal told her he wouldn't touch the class "with a 10-foot pole."

Ide was one of the participants in a three-day seminar at Westminster College, hosted by the Utah 3R's Project, which seeks to incorporate teachings about different religions and cultural diversity in public schools.

Ide's class was offered as an elective, approved by the State Office of Education, and had 60 students enrolled. The class included a guide to religion in public schools, provided by the First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C., that made it clear to students and parents — who were also offered the guide — what was permissible to teach.

"In order for it to really grab hold, it needs to be a school climate," she said. "I can have my own climate, and my kids can talk about the climate in my room, but that doesn't mean that five doors down in another teacher's classroom that they feel safe."

Despite its barriers, the 3R's Project has had an impact on schools, panel members said. Rosemary Baron was principal at Northwest Middle School, where students and their families spoke 27 different languages. One move she made in her school was to create a Religions of the World wall, representing the 12 most common religions, with a description of each.

"Teaching about religion in public schools is what we are about," Baron said. "Teaching religion is not what we're about."

While religion is a frequent topic, rights, responsibility and respect apply to all facets of life.

"I think that part of the 3R's helps us understand that our differences don't have to divide us, completely," Ide said. "Part of being American is being able to move beyond that divide and seek the common ground."

Utah and California offer the most extensive 3R's programs in the nation. School districts in Texas, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and other states also have implemented the 3R's Project in their schools.

My Resume, Aug. 2008

Amy Macavinta
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City Desk Intern Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT
May 19-Aug. 15, 2008

Cover various beats as assigned, including Police, Religion, Medical, and Military beats. Stories include briefs, news and cover stories.

Staff Writer Box Elder News Journal, Brigham City, UT
Full time: Sept 2002-July 2003

The Leader, Tremonton, UT
Full time: Feb 1999-May 2002

  • Local Government, Features, News, Cops & Courts
  • Attend public meetings – Box Elder County Commission, Box Elder School District, Tremonton City, Brigham City & more
  • Write accurate and timely news stories to keep the public informed about the things that occur in those meetings
  • Be conscious of events and people in the community for potential feature stories
  • Take the lead to come up with new ideas
  • Take digital or film photos and/or gather photos to accompany articles
  • Lay out newspaper pages using Adobe Pagemaker

Box Elder High School graduate, 1990 Brigham City, UT
Utah State University Logan/Brigham City, UT

Presently enrolled at Utah State University with a Print Journalism major
Will complete Bachelor of Science in December 2008
Fall: Enrolled in Beyond the Inverted Pyramid, Online Reporting, and Copy Editing & Design
Recipient of Jay W. Glasmann scholarship

References available upon request