Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The 18th Relay for Life of the Westminster area to benefit local cancer patients and their caregivers will take place Friday night at the Ag Center.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Kym Byrnes
Wednesday, May 15
If you want to hang out with more than 1,000 other Carroll County folks committed to fighting cancer and supporting those impacted by it, be sure to attend the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of the Westminster area Friday night at the Carroll County Ag Center. The event is like no other fundraiser in the county. First of all, it lasts 12 hours and many participating will spend most of those 12 hours walking. Shipley Arena at the Ag Center becomes a mini tent city with campsites for teams planning to spend the night. Second, it's truly a good time for everyone. From 8 p.m. Friday until almost midnight there will be onsite fundraisers (games, cake sales, food, crafts, jewelry and more), a silent auction, a DJ, and kid-friendly …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Enroll now to be a part of the American Cancer Society's national cancer prevention study.
This evening the American Cancer Society (ACS) will kick off its initiative to sign up 425 Carroll County residents for its national Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3). Enrollment for the study will take place March 12-16 in four Carroll County locations. The CPS-3 is a historic, nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. The famous CPS-1 established the link between smoking and lung cancer in the 1950s and the more recent CPS-2 findings have linked obesity to cancer risk, according to an ACS news release. Enrollment will take place in Carroll County from March 12 -16. The goal is to enroll 425 participants that week according to a news release. …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Patch catches up with Zach Lederer, subject of the "Zaching" internet sensation, as he undergoes cancer treatment and continues to inspire.
Every day, Zach Lederer, 18, forces himself to do 50 pushups and lift weights in the 6-by-15 foot gym in his family's Ellicott City, MD, home. That might not seem unusual for a teenage boy, but Lederer is defying expectations for a patient undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for brain cancer. "Every time I go up in that room and lift one weight, I'm doing the impossible," Lederer said in a recent interview. In early February, a photo went viral on the Internet and Twitter with a scrappy-looking college kid sitting in a hospital bed flexing his biceps. To the casual observer, he may have just come out on top in a schoolyard fight. But for Lederer--the young man in the photo–the battle is deadly serious. At the time, Lederer was recovering…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Westminster will take place at the Ag Center on May 18.
I was asked to speak Tuesday night at the team meeting for the Relay for Life of Westminster. I was not speaking as the editor of Patch, but rather as a caregiver who supported my mother through her battle(s) with cancer. American Cancer Society Relay for Life events take place all over the country and raise millions of dollars that go to supporting cancer patients and their families as well as towards funding vital research and education programs. The great thing about this event is that most of the money that is raised in the Westminster community, stays in the Westminster community to support cancer patients and educational initiatives. I accepted the invitation to speak and shared the following information about my experience as a …
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Judge Francis Arnold died in his Westminster home on Feb. 1 following a battle with cancer. Born and raised in Westminster, Arnold was a judge of the District Court and Circuit Court.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Karen Haughey is one of eleven cancer care providers chosen to receive the 2011 American Cancer Society Lane Adams Quality of Life Award, a prestigious national prize for cancer caring.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Kym Byrnes
Thursday, May 12, 2011
When Karen Haughey was making her travel arrangements to fly to Atlanta, GA to receive the Lane Adams Quality of Life Award, she made sure would be able to get back in time for Friday night's Relay for Life event. It is this commitment to supporting cancer patients and caregivers that earned Haughey the award in the first place. The Lane Adams Quality of Life Award recognizes individuals who have made a difference through innovation, leadership and consistent excellence in providing compassionate, skilled care and counsel to persons living with cancer and their families. The awards are being presented in a ceremony in Atlanta this evening. A clinical nurse at Alliance Hematology and Oncology in Westminster, Haughey said she was blown …
Friday, May 6, 2011
"How does one celebrate Mother's Day when your mother is no longer around?"
“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” –Abraham Lincoln This weekend is Mother’s Day and as a result, restaurants are filling up with reservations, florists are working overtime and jewelers are helping kids and dads pick the perfect piece for mom. But the prospect of this annual holiday can be difficult for some. Lisa Pennell lost her mother, Dottye Lou Brown, to cancer in 1999 and she said that in the years immediately following her mother’s death, the second Sunday in May was a painful reminder of her mother’s absence. “Over the years, the celebration of Mother's Day has been an evolution for me,” Pennell said. “Prior to having my own daughter, Mother's Day was extremely difficult to say the least. How does one …
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
German shepherd breeder and trainer Al Younger shares his thoughts about dogs, life and his battle with cancer.
Dubbed “the dog whisperer” by the Carroll County community and way beyond, Al Younger has bred and trained dogs for more than two decades.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
This Sunday, April 17, a benefit will be held to help the Miller family pay medical bills and hospital expenses for their two-year-old daughter, Emma.
Emma Miller has spent more time in her two years of life in the hospital than some of us will in a lifetime. Watching her play on her living room floor, you would never know she was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 8 months old, save for the cathater coming out of her chest. Jenn Miller, Emma's mom, said that learning of Emma's diagnosis and starting treatment more than a year ago was both overwhelming and scary. It's not something you plan for, she said. "We took her to the pediatrician who noticed some problems like bruising on her legs. She looked pale, she wasn't gaining weight, her liver and spleen were enlarged. He immediately sent us for blood work and scans. Before we knew it, we were at Sinai. She was admitted for five weeks…