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Little fingers of hope

Luke Pickett grasps his father, Clint PIckett's, finger on Dec. 6, 2008. Luke, who recently had a cord blood stem cell transplant to try and treat his cerebral palsy, has been able to use his fingers with more purpose, according to his parents.

Boy gets stem cell transfusion in China

Luke Pickett, 21 months, of Wardsville went to Chengyang People's Hospital in Qingdao, China, for a cord blood stem cell transplant.

Chinese nurses offer help, affection to Luke Pickett

Luke Pickett poses with nurses at the Chengyang People's Hospital in Qingdao, China. “The nurses couldn’t get enough of him,” Clint Pickett, Luke's father, said. “I couldn’t walk down the hall without them stopping and holding his hands or rubbing his little face.”

Parents hope for the best after son's stem cell treatments

Luke Pickett, 21 months old, laughs while he plays with his dad, Clint Pickett, at their Wardsville home on Dec. 6, 2008. Clint and Luke Pickett went to China for more than a month, where Luke had a cord blood stem cell transplant. Luke's parents hope the treatment will help with his cerebral palsy.

Trombone choir gets direction

Visiting assistant professor of trombone Bill Mann conducts the MU trombone choir during a performance at a mid-Missouri nursing home on Dec. 12. The choir is composed of students ranging from freshmen to graduate students.

MU trombone choir performs

Members of the MU trombone choir perform "Feliz Navidad" as part of a caroling tour of Columbia nursing homes on Dec. 12. In addition to performing together as part of their classwork, the choir members participate in extracurricular activities such as this.

New injury relief

Mark James uses the Accelerated Recovery Performance machine during a session of physical therapy at Tranformation Fitness Coaching on Thursday.

Dreidels at Congregation Beth Shalom

Multicolored dreidels rest in a box at the entrance of Congregation Beth Shalom. The game is played by spinning the dreidel to win coins placed in the kitty — three sides of the dreidel represent "none," "half," or "all" of the coins, and "put in" tells you to return one of your coins to the kitty, according to information from the Jewish Outreach Institute.

Magic Show

As part of the Madok and Hanna magic show, David Klachko pours water out of a trick cup for the eighth time, signifying the eight days of Hannukah. Klachko has been doing magic shows for Hannukah celebrations for 25 years.

Balloon Animals

Gail Bank twists and shapes a pink balloon into a dog for a child during the celebration.

Rabbi Feintuch

Rabbi Yossi Feintuch reads off part of the history of Hannukah to a group of more than one hundred gathered at Congregation Beth Shalom in celebration of the first night of the holiday.

latke eating

Ray Adelstein, 4, center, grabs some latkes with his sister Beni, 8. Latkes are potato pancakes typically eaten during the holiday.

dreidel spinning

Zach Simon, 7, spins a dreidel — a top-like toy with Hebrew letters on each of its four sides.

Menorah Lighting

Kelly Durante helps her daughter Gianna, 6, light the first candle on the menorah at Congregation Beth Shalom on Dec. 21. Nearly 100 people celebrated the first night of the eight day holiday at the congregation.

Moving with the music

Justin Nabors, right, a music instructor for the Southern Boone County School District, led the fifth grade Winter Concert held at the Southern Boone County High School on Dec. 11.

Pickleball: Celebrating a point

Carole Kennedy celebrates during a Pickleball game at New Haven Elementary on Dec. 11.

Pickleball: Good sportsmanship

USA Pickleball Association ambassador Skip Deming and Carole Kennedy tap paddles as a sign of sportsmanship at the end of a Pickleball game at New Haven Elementary on Dec. 11.

Pickleball: A tough shot to handle

Skip Deming is quick to return a shot during a Pickleball game at New Haven Elementary on Dec. 11. "It's the fastest growing game in America," Deming said.

Pickleball: Teamates

Carole Kennedy watches her teammate, Carolyn Hairston, return a shot during a Pickleball game at New Haven Elementary School on Dec. 11.

Holiday traditions

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