Claudia Nelson diagnosed with Cancer at age 18

Cooks Childrens Hospital health service dog Ralph gives Claudia Nelson a hug after her first dose of chemo.


We recently ran a good news story about Claudia Nelson, 18, for her Girl Scouts Gold Award project. Claudia is the daughter of Handley Kwik Kopy's office manager Wendy Nelson.

For several months Claudia has experienced some pain & discomfort in her hip area, making it difficult for her to play tennis.  She was on the  Varsity team at Birdville High School. Neither her family doctor or a chiropractor were able to identify the cause of this pain as they thought it was likely related to playing tennis.

In early November, after more tests, a tumor became noticeable as her pain increased.  An ultrasound and CT Scan revealed the seriousness of Claudia's issue, and a surgical biopsy confirmed her parents greatest fears.  Claudia has been diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. The only positive news is the doctors have found no evidence that her cancer has spread to other parts of her body.

 After more doctor visits, and additional tests, Claudia was admitted to Cook's Children's Hospital for chemotherapy, which is expected to continue for 9 months. She will be getting chemo treatments every 9 days. Because the treatment leaves her exhausted, she had to withdraw from her freshman year at college.

Friends of the Nelson family have established a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses. Read more & donate here:

Claudia returned home from her first week of chemo treatments early Sunday evening, 11/22. She was experiencing quite a bit of nausea, which extended her hospital time. It was a difficult week for Claudia, made a little easier by the many visits from friends and family, many of who were bearing gifts. Claudia feels lifted up by all of her well-wishers, and the many people who are praying for her.

In addition to her visitors of the two-legged variety, Claudia was visited by a service dog, and she loves dogs! Claudia was also visited by an Art therapist and in the space of about an hour painted a beautiful picture, worthy of a Christmas card!

Claudia will remain home during Thanksgiving week and return to the hospital on Monday, Nov. 29th.

 Please take the opportunity this week to hug your children and loved ones a little tighter, and a little more often, and make sure they understand how important they are to you.

If you know Wendy, or Claudia, any donation will help pay for the soon-to-be enormous medical bills the family will have. If you cannot donate money, the Nelson family could always use prayers and a big hug.

(Small world: Claudia plays tennis with Kat's 'granddaughter' Zoey.)

Handley hosted the new Chief of Police at Handley Community Walk

City Councilwoman Gyna Bivens and residents of Handley Neighborhood, met at 8am Wednesday Nov. 18, at the corner of E. Lancaster and Handley  as our new Chief of Police Fitzgerald walked the Handley Community. Initially, Gyna had invited him to breakfast at Dixie House, but he likes walking.

Gyna also attended the Housing Authority breakfast for the Cavile Place Community and the Chief. She thought it was an impressive event. Neighborhood Presidents Judy Taylor (Handley) and Bertha Barnes (Village Creek) were also in attendance.



Terrell Heights Dedication
of Three Historic Homes

Presented by the Tarrant County Black Historical
& Genealogical Society, Inc.

Event photos by Lloyd Jones.

The ceremony was held Monday, November 16, 2015, 10:30 a.m. at the former home of Dr. R. A. Ransom, Sr., who built  the first Fort Worth hospital for African Americans  in 1918, Booker T. Washington Hospital, which also included a Nursing School.

Booker T. Washington Hospital was the first 20-bed facility for African-Americans in Texas. It was also one of only three African-American owned hospitals in the U.S. accredited by the American Medical Association. It was well-known for its state-of-the-art medical equipment, fully equipped laboratory, on-site food preparation with a dining room, and Nurse’s quarters. The hospital went through several name changes before it was renamed to honor his late wife Ethel Blanche Wilson of Gainesville until it closed in 1949.



Dr. Ransom was a member of the Fort Worth branch of NAACP, the YMCA, Chair of the committee on Health and Sanitation, Chair of the Social Disease Committee of the Volunteer Health League, First-Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross of Tarrant County, and member of the Lone Star Medical Association and Masonic Lodge.

Dr. Ransom died in 1951 at the age of 64.

Two other Terrell Avenue homes also received the Historical marker.

The home once owned by Clarence Ward Flint Jr. and his wife, Mae Pearl Holley Flint is the second home to receive the plaque. C. W. Flint Jr., was the son of Dr. C.W. Flint Sr., and wife Mutelle Moore Flint.  C.W.  graduated from I. M. Terrell High School in 1938. He founded Beta Tau Lambda and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity chapters in Fort Worth.

For more than 40 years, the Flints owned the Flint Drug Store, the Hotel Flint, the Doll House and the Aquarium Supper Club.

Mae Pearl Flint later married Bill “Gooseneck” MacDonald (1866 – 1950), an African-American politician, businessman, banker and the first black millionaire in Texas.

This historic house is now owned and occupied by the Jayn Higgins family.

C.W. graduated from I. M. Terrell High School in 1938. He founded Beta Tau Lambda and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity chapters in Fort Worth.

The thrid home to receive the historical marker is the home formerly owned by Mr. Harold Hardee, born March 13, 1896, who was the co-owner of Brown & Hardee Funeral Home, located on “Baptist Hill” in downtown Fort Worth. Mr. Hardee was well-known for wearing tuxedos during the funeral services, and directing traffic when police officers were not present. His was one of the first funeral homes to use new Cadillac hearses and family cars for their services.

Upon the death of Harold Hardee at age 71 in 1968, Lenora Rolla continued operating the funeral home for a few years, until it closed and she devoted her time to establishing her genealogical organization.


The Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum

Lenora Butler Rolla, organizer and founder of the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society, set the pace for the Society and its members. Ms. Rolla was, by definition, a public servant. She served Fort Worth’s community organizations with unparalleled dedication. She founded the Hattie Street Haven, a neighborhood community space for youth. She served as Dean of Women at Jarvis Christian College in the early 1950s.

Ms. Rolla was a founder of the Community Christian Church and served as Vice President of the National Christian Missionary Convention. Ms. Rolla is personally responsible for the recovery and preservation of most of Tarrant County’s African-American artifacts, placing them under the watchful care of the Society. The Museum is home to 166,000-square-foot facility and is the perfect location for your group meeting, reception, corporate event or special occasion.

Military Personnel Send Greetings to their friends & family in Texas

Below arethe Holiday Greetings from Texas service members who are serving all over the world.  Is there someone you know? There are a lot of people from Texas, we selected the few from this area. More are available on the site listed in the video.

SGM Michael Matt, Fort Worth

  SGT Juan Serrato

DOD Civilian Luvenia Tucker

Fort Worth Housing Authority Implements “Take One” Campaign

Fort Worth, Texas – The Fort Worth Housing Authority (FWHA) is seeking additional property owners and managers to lease to families or homeless veterans who qualify for housing assistance in its new “Take One” voucher campaign. FWHA is appealing to landlords who may have vacant units and who have not considered working with the agency in the past to test the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program or Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program by leasing to just one family or veteran in need of stable housing. The agency has begun this campaign because of the difficulties our families and veterans are having with locating available units to lease in Tarrant County because of the tight rental market.

To make the program more appealing to new landlords and owners, FWHA has initiated new program changes that benefit not only the property owner but also the community at large. One new initiative is the “Good Tenant/ Good Neighbor” program. Beginning in 2015, all residents must complete a Good Tenant/Good Neighbor class, which was created and presented by the FWHA’s Landlord Advisory Committee. This class is designed to illustrate how to successfully live in a rental unit and explains the obligations all renters have under their lease. Other program enhancements include a simplified process to receive rent increases and assistance with tenants who have committed lease violations. Selarstean Mitchell, FWHA’s Vice-President of Assisted Housing said, “The Housing Authority recognizes the need to work more closely with our property owners to show that families with vouchers can be as responsible and profitable as market rate tenants. In addition, we want to ensure that our program is administered efficiently and doesn’t hamper our landlords’ ability to manage their business.”

There are several advantages to leasing to voucher holders. One prime advantage is that the housing authority pays its portion of rent timely each month.  A second benefit is if the tenant has a job loss or some other event that causes a reduction in income, the housing authority’s portion of rent increases to offset the loss from the tenant. Another advantage is the FWHA’s Inspections Department, which provides a landlord or an owner with a trained inspector who can identify problems or concerns with a rental unit.

The housing authority is hosting a special orientation for prospective new landlords on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at 300 S. Beach Street, Fort Worth. Detailed information about property requirements, rents and program rules will be discussed. Attendees may RSVP with Selarstean Mitchell at

FWHA develops, owns and operates quality affordable and accessible housing that provides assistance to citizens of Fort Worth utilizing various federal, state and local programs. Currently, FWHA owns 1,002 public housing units, 2,675 affordable housing units, 665 market-rate units; administers more than 6,487 housing vouchers; and operates 2 homeownership programs.

P. O. Box 430 Fort Worth, TX 76101-0430 Phone: 817.333.3400
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