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During the ceremony, Dr. Thackston was presented a Medical Student Teaching Award, “in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the education of medical stu- dents.” Derek is a 2018 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia Health Sciences Division, receiving the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Prior to that accomplish- ment, he successfully com- pleted a one-year pre-med cer- ti cation graduate program at VCU in May 2013. Derek Thackston gradu- ated Summa Cum Laude in May 2012 with a degree in Bi- ological Sciences and a minor in Medicine and Society from Virginia Tech. Derek was a Health Scholar and a member of the University Honors Pro- gram. He was also an active member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta fraternity and is a mem- ber of the Mu chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Virginia Poly- technic Institute. Derek is a 2008 Advanced Diploma graduate of Prince Edward County High School and the Early College Schol- ars Program at the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia, Southside Virginia’s Governor School. Derek is the grandson of Marshall & Donna Thackston of Charlotte Court House, and Ms. Jackie Dunn of Ports- mouth, and the late James & Elizabeth Bell of Blackstone. Dentistry’s entrance to be exit only BRIEF CLOSURE FOR PRACTICE The CMH Family Dental Services practice, located in the C.A.R.E. Building at 1755 North Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill, will be closed this Friday after- noon, July 9th, beginning at 12 Noon for renovations. The practice will reopen Monday morning, July 12th at 8:00 a.m. Beginning that day (Monday), all patients will need to enter through the C.A.R.E. Build- ing main entrance. The practice’s former entrance will become an exit only. Volunteer eager to help others battling addiction WILSONS MAN WINS PRESIDENTIAL AWARD Just one encounter with Ralf Friedrichs, and you’ll quickly discover that his en- ergy and positivity are conta- gious. He’s a reformed alcoholic. Ordained minister. Spiritual counselor. Motivational speaker. Author of six books. Host of an iHeart radio podcast. And YouTube personality with a loyal following. But now the 60-year-old Wilsons resident -- who’s also a Dinwiddie County Conve- nience Center dumpster atten- dant -- is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. For the past decade, Ralf has helped countless people across the globe battle ad- diction, depression, and other challenges. Ralf says his main mission in life today is simply to give people -- no matter where they live or their current lot in life -- hope for a better tomorrow. “The one thing I empha- size is that we need to live our lives looking through the windshield -- not the rear view mirror.” Ralf became addicted to alcohol while growing-up in Germany, where his grand- mother gave him booze under the table as a young child to keep him groggy and quiet while she worked at a depart- ment store handing-out sam- ples of liquor. Ralf’s amazing stories in- clude serving as an MP for the National Intelligence Service in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983 when suicide terror- ists killed 241 American mili- tary personnel. He was about 100 yards from the bombers’ blast. Ralf awakens every day at 2:30 a.m. to record his You- Tube and podcast messages for the day. He didn’t get to receive his award in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Ra lf says that’s okay. He’d rather spend time reaching-out and helping others in this area. He vis- its Blackstone almost daily, he attends Crenshaw United Methodist Church, and he was inducted two years ago as an Honorary Board mem- ber for NAD (Neighborhoods Against Drugs) in New York. NAD is the organization that nominated Ralf for the Presi- dent’s award, which is signed by former President Donald J. Trump. Ralf is ready, willing, and eager to have local organiza- tions invite him to speak, at no charge. “I just want to bring awareness locally to our national issue of addictions.” For more information, visit his website: https://ralffried- . His YouTube show is: Take Your Life Back Today Show with Ralf Friedrichs . His 24/7 hotline -- and yes, he’s talked with people so desperate they’re consider- ing taking their own life -- is 844-405-HELP . Ralf also says that those battling addiction or depres- sion may call or text him at: 804-895-3637 . 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