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Boise's Baby Quadruplets!

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on March 19, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:11 AM

Congrats to the Finken Family!

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Tracy and Richard Finken

A Boise couple welcomed four (COUNT EM!) FOUR babies into the world this week. WOW! Alexander, Benjamin, Samuel and Emilee are the first quadruplets born in Boise since 1994.


AND - they are the first babies for Tracy and Richard Finken. Here's some interesting inside scoop - Tracy and Richard tell us they have been trying to have a family for TWO years. They did get the help of fertility drugs in order to get pregnant... and her doctor delivered the beautiful babies by c-section. Now they have an instant family! The doctors say the babies are doing great, and should be able go home in several weeks.

Rachel's Challenge

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Last night, lots of people (including me!) gathered at The Idaho Center to hear more about Rachel's Challenge. It's a program about kindness and compassion that's impacted thousands of Idaho students this month alone in our schools. Dee and Mark emceed last night's event:

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Dee Sarton & Mark Johnson

Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine School Shootings in Littleton, CO in 1999.

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Rachel Scott

A month before the massacre, Rachel wrote an essay about the power of kindness and compassion. What was written in that essay is now her challenge to students across the country! (Click to enlarge and read)

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Last night, her brother Craig Scott (who also witnessed the shootings) spoke to the crowd about Rachel's message and her legacy. He was powerful and moving... there wasn't a dry eye in the house. I had the chance to meet him, and another Rachel's Challenge speaker - Derek Kilgore.

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Derek Kilgore, me, Craig Scott

What incredible people! Dedicated to making schools safer, and the world a better place. Honestly, you don't have to be a student to take the CHALLENGE. It applies to all of us.