One woman overjoyed to turn 40

A 40th birthday isn't every woman's idea of a good time. But when Kate Burke of Santa Rosa hit that milestone days ago, she celebrated like someone who'd been told she'd miss her own party.

Kate, who used to run LifeTouch School Pictures with her husband, Brian, was given about six months to live when she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.

That was two years ago. At the big birthday party on her block off Coffey Lane, the mother of two thanked God, her UCSF doctors and everybody in her life for helping to keep her going.

Kate's making good use of her time. Through her Web site on www.caringbridge.org, she has counseled and encouraged thousands of people with cancer.

"I've never complained about turning older," she said on her birthday, "especially today."

A COMMITTED FELON: Don't expect District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua's re-election campaign to make a stink about discovering that among the donors to challenger Jill Ravitch is a Felon - specifically, a Santa Rosa woman named Anne Felon.

Folks on the Ravitch campaign read the donor lists, too, and they could fire back that Passalacqua's backers include one Harry Swindle, also of Santa Rosa.

So they're even.

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