The San Marino PTA Council’s 89th annual Founder’s Day awards ceremony was held last week in the Kenneth F. White Auditorium at Huntington Middle School.
Co-Chairs Darbin Chan and Belinda Hwang led the community in honoring and celebrating the district’s 16 Honorary Service Award recipients, who were selected from each school site as well as at the Council level. This year’s theme, “Above and Beyond,” acknowledged the time, effort and tremendous dedication the volunteers have given to their schools and community in doing just that: going “Above and Beyond.” Honorees included Lauren Shen, Jennifer Park and Jane Chon at Carver Elementary: Ellen Tsang, Michiko Lee and Zarana Patel from Valentine Elementary: Brent Bilvado, Jenny Yessaian and Rob Miller at Huntington Middle School: Ann Boutin, Helen Kim Spitzer and Eve Estrada at San Marino High School, and Lisa Wang for the PTA Council. Yvonne Chen was given the Continuing Service Award by the PTA Council, Nam Jack received the prestigious Golden Oak Award and Ruben Hernandez earned the Very Special Person Award.
Huntington Medical Research Institutes is just a few miles from San Marino, but studies conducted there are likely to have worldwide implications, if they haven’t already.
On Tuesday evening, Dr. Michael Harrington, Director of Neurosciences at HMRI, provided members of San Marino City Club with an update on his group’s forays into finding cures for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and migraine headaches, which he pronounces “me-grains” in his delightful native Scottish dialect.
“Migraines are more abundant than every other affliction added together, and we don’t know why,” Harrington told a large audience in the San Marino Center. “Thirty-five to forty million Americans suffer from them and it is now ranked as the fifth most debilitating condition in the world for females. And they are much more prevalent in females.”
A key, Harrington said, has been found in the way the human brain regulates sodium.
“The brain is constantly regulating sodium and the sodium levels fluctuate in everyone’s brain, but in the brains of migraine sufferers it fluctuates wildly,”...
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