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A Ride Worth Taking: Family Raises Big Money for Type 1 Diabetes

By Chris Hayre

Ed and Shannon Gritzenbach have turned a life-changing diagnosis into a cycle for change.

Since their 11-year-old daughter Anna was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in September 2011, the family has used the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure event as a platform to help find a cure for the disease. Ed is on the cusp of being Chicago’s top fundraiser for the fifth straight year.

This year’s Tour de Cure takes place Sunday, June 12 in Aurora. To register or donate, visit

Photo at top: Ed Gritzenbach with his 11-year-old daughter Anna, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2011. (Courtesy: Ed Gritzenbach)

Graduate Students Prepare for Life After College

By Chris Hayre

Graduation season is underway in Chicago. Medill Reports’ Chris Hayre sat down with a business student from Loyola University Chicago who discussed his job search as well as the challenges students may face after graduation.

Photo at top: Hussam Bachour is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. (Caley Chelios/MEDILL)

Oak Park-River Forest wrestling success goes beyond mat

By Chris Hayre

Oak Park-River Forest wrestling coach Paul Collins lights up when he talks about his wrestlers’ accomplishments — off the mat, that is. He proudly and rapidly fires off the names as if he is on a time limit.

Collins called Stanford University-bound senior Gabe Townsell the most talented kid he ever has laid eyes on.

“He taught himself how to play piano, he writes phenomenal poetry and just so happens to be a national champion wrestler,” Collins said. Continue reading