Thumbs up: Springettsbury Township artist Karen Mueller found herself struggling through the economic downturn -- until she decided to put her skills to another use.
Mueller had made a living for years selling her paintings, but when the recession hit she needed the help of a higher power.
She remembers crying and praying for guidance when out of nowhere a vision of "funky" and "fun" caps suddenly came to her. The idea -- which she soon came to call HedArt -- fulfilled a goal Mueller had set for herself: to help people.
Mueller is the creator of tight-fitting, cotton caps designed for people experiencing hair loss due to cancer, but "funky enough that everybody would want to wear it."
Cancer patients not only endure the pain and sickness that comes with chemotherapy. "They also have the heartbreak of losing their hair. To most people, it's devastating," she said.
After a slow start, HedArt is starting to catch on.
Today, Mueller has customers in Russia, Australia, Hawaii and, of course, York. The caps are for sale at Sweet Melissa's Dream, 51 N. Beaver St., and the York Health Boutique for Women, 180 Leader Heights Road. They are also available on Etsy.com, an online store for handmade items.
Thumbs up: Jim Clark Jr. knows what it's like to battle cancer, having been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in his right leg in 2008.
After treatment at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital, the 19-year-old Penn State York sophomore is now cancer-free but continues to help others with the disease.
The 3rd annual Poker With Jimmy Texas hold 'em poker tournament was held Saturday at the Goodwill Fire Co., 2318 S. Queen St., with all of the money raised going to the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
The Four Diamonds Fund helped Clark's family with expenses their insurance did not cover, such as deductibles, and he came up with the tournament as a way to give back because he loves playing poker.
In the last two years, Poker with Jimmy has raised more than $21,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund.