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Patch Roundup: Two Kids Fighting Adversity, Hospital Employee Steals Drugs From Patient

Also this week: a high school student arrested for dealing heroin, burglars targeting gyms in Burr Ridge and a very cheesy Super Bowl Sunday.

We had two wonderful stories this week of young hearts shining brightly even in bodies stricken by terrible diseases, and there was no way we could possibly lead with anything else. Please read the first two stories this week, those of Ella and Hallie. Our own hearts go out to them.

Other west-Chicago news is more unfortunate: a particularly petty crime in Geneva, young people busted with drugs, burglars and the continuing fallout from a bus crash.

Check out any or all of the following:

Elmhurst——1 1/2-year-old Ella Casten has a rare, genetic neuromuscular disease called spinal muscular atrophy, for which there is no treatment or cure. But in the midst of this heartbreak, Ella has brought a community together.

Downers Grove——Hallie Munro was born with a rare genetic disorder: Many of her internal organs are not located where they're supposed to be.

Geneva——This is one of those stories that breaks your heart, turns your stomach and scares you a bit. The "patient care technician" is accused of taking 37 Hydrocodone pills from a patient's purse.

Lisle——Naperville police said they arrested Brittany K. Hursh, 17, after finding packets and drug paraphernalia that tested positive for heroin. Police made other heroin-related arrests earlier this week.

St. Charles——A 19-year-old St. Charles woman has become the city’s first person cited for possessing synthetic drugs, police confirmed Friday.

Burr Ridge——Health club members aren't the only ones getting some exercise at gyms in Burr Ridge—car burglars are too. Lifetime Fitness and the Five Seasons Sports Club have experienced a string of burglaries in which cars have had windows broken.

Batavia——Two students in a Jan. 27 school bus crash in western Kane Co. say their concerns about a sleepy driver went ignored, according to media reports.

Wheaton——Skuddlebutts Pizza and Catering of Glen Ellyn and Downers Grove ordered a ton (literally) of cheese to prepare for the football weekend.

Glen Ellyn——All six Glen Ellyn trustees voted in favor of installing lights at Glenbard West's turfed practice field, despite it being a contentious issue that some say has divided the town.

Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills——A survey will ask whether District 181 should continue to give students Good Friday off after two board members said the tradition should be reconsidered. 

Western Springs——Linda Hanley, a Western Springs realtor, 37-year resident and Village expert, uses her free raffle to meet people and keep other residents informed.

La Grange/La Grange Park——All through February, Bella Bacino's in La Grange is hosting pizza-making classes for kids on Saturdays. Kids get a sharp-looking chefs hat and apron, as well as learn how to make a perfect pie.

Oak Park/River Forest——As District 97 ponders plans for improvements, South Oak Park volunteer group kicks fundraising efforts into high gear.

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