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'You have your life back,' transplant recipient, donor support annual walk

Deb Leisle and Bonnie Cockrum share a unique bond: their kidneys.

Born with polycystic kidney disease, Deb Leisle started dialysis eight years ago. Four years later, while visiting a friend at St. Paul's hospital, she met nurse Connie Cockrum. Cockrum learned of Leisle's disease and need of a new kidney, and decided to donate one her own.

"It was just something from within that said, 'hey you should do this,'" Cockrum said.

Saskatoon SPCA Fashion Faux Paws hits runway

The Saskatoon SPCA is going fun, furry and fashionable with its annual Fashion Faux Paws Spring Gala.

This Saturday marks the third anniversary for the fashion show fundraiser, which takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn. It is also the first time adopted puppies - fondly referred to as runway pups - will accompany the models as they show off this year's theme of 1960s inspired clothing from local designers and retailers.

PHOTOS: Saskatoon moms treated to special pre-Mother's Day lunch

Mothers felt extra special on Friday as they were invited to a Mother’s Day Tea at St. Anne’s School in Saskatoon.

Teacher Kathy Coumont invited the mothers of her Grade 2/3 split class to have a hot soup, cookies and juice leading up to Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Each student prepared Mother’s Day cards, paintings and little gifts for their moms, who were able to take everything home after the lunch to show off to the entire family.

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Bessborough hotel to host first ever garage sale

Bargain hunters will be showing up in droves to the first ever Bessborough gardens garage sale this Saturday.

The garage sale is a fundraiser for the hotel’s Relay for Life team.

Martin Gilbert, general manager of the Delta Bessborough, said he threw out the idea after hosting a similar event at the Delta hotel in New Brunswick.

“I think after the first day we put it up on Facebook, the phone wouldn’t stop ringing. That’s amazing,” he said on the Brent Loucks Show.

Carrot River teens to be laid to rest

Three teenage boys killed in a car crash last weekend near Spalding will be laid to rest Monday in their home town of Carrot River.

Donations drop for Saskatoon food drive

As the number of people going to the Saskatoon food bank increases, donations from last weekend's food drive dropped.

A total of 62,000 lbs of food was collected, about 13,000 lbs less than last year.

Deborah Hamp, director of operations and engagement for the Saskatoon Food Bank, isn't sure why donations dropped as there were the same number of drop-off locations and volunteers.

Sask. group encourages rising up against violence after deaths

The recent deaths of a mother and her three children in Tisdale and a 64-year-old woman in Prince Albert are among the events that have prompted a local group to take action.

Rise Up-Prince Albert is organizing a week full of activities aimed at creating awareness about violence against women. Organizer Conrad Burns said a lot of people don’t realize the damage a violent relationship can cause.

Safe digging patrols on duty in Saskatchewan

When you're building that new home, fence or garage this spring or summer, you might get a visit from a safety patrol.

The Sask 1st Call Safety Patrols are now out in the Saskatchewan communities of Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Weyburn, Estevan, Yorkton, Melville, Swift Current, Rosetown and Kindersley.

The safety patrols will visit neighbourhoods in those communities for the next six months checking to make sure contractors and homeowners are digging safely.

A difficult story to tell: Regina honours Holocaust victims

Seventy years after the liberation, Regina remembered those who died and those who survived the Holocaust on Sunday afternoon.

About 100 people attended a small ceremony at the Beth Jacob Synagogue.

Rachel Shtibel lived through the Holocaust as a young girl, witnessing atrocities most can't even begin to imagine. She spend almost two years hiding in an underground bunker with her extended family and a family friend.

"To tell the story is very difficult," she said. "(But) I feel that I cannot remain silent."

'They were my family': Holocaust survivor recalls years hiding with couple

Sally Wasserman doesn't remember much of the first two years of the Second World War, but she will always remember the family who saved her.

Wasserman, 80, was the keynote speaker at the Saskatoon Congregation Agudas Israel's annual Holocaust memorial service. She recalled her life in Poland under German occupation.

The then four-year-old lived in Poland with her mother, father and younger brother when the Germans invaded. Her family was Jewish.

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