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Foundation Announces LGMD Fundraising Events October 23, 2017

The CureLGMD2i Foundation, formerly the Samantha J. Brazzo Foundation, is a local organization that is having a worldwide impact.

"Since changing our name, we have received many more donations from people around the world," said Kelly Brazzo. "It's a global disease."

LGMD2i is a type of Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD) that is progressive and causes weakness and muscle wasting mainly in the hip and shoulder areas. Eventually, individuals with LGMD2i can experience cardiovascular, respiratory, and overall physical complications that typically become significant in adolescence. Kelly and her husband, Keith Brazzo, who live in East Hempfield Township, formed the foundation in 2011 after their daughter Samantha, now age 9, was diagnosed with the disease. The foundation has awarded nearly $330,000 to fund research directly related to LGMD2i.

"We are hopeful that with the groundbreaking work being done with gene therapy, drug screenings, and clinical trials, a successful treatment will halt the progression of LGMD2i," Kelly said.

The Brazzos reported some progress in the last year regarding research. The CureLGMD2i Foundation has taken on a volunteer medical director who not only specializes in orthopedics but who also has a young son with LGMD2i. A $10,000 grant was awarded to Washington State University, which is testing an FDA-approved medication for an off-label usage. Also, Samantha's neurologist at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore has partnered with a pharmaceutical company to run a drug trial to treat symptoms of LGMD2i that so far has not produced any side effects. The Brazzos are especially excited about work being done with a new technique called CRISPR, a gene editing process that showed positive results on a mouse with LGMD2i.

"The plan is to do CRISPR and gene therapy on mice, and if it's successful, it would then be offered to adults (with LGMD2i)," Kelly explained. "It's our next big funding push, and we are waiting for two big grant proposals (to be finalized)."

Kelly serves on the board of LGMD-Info.org, which is the information hub for LGMD. The organization set Sept. 30 as the global LGMD Awareness Day. The Brazzos secured a proclamation regarding the day from Gov. Tom Wolf, and they participated in a Muscular Dystrophy Association walk in Hershey on Sept. 30.

"The biggest thing is raising awareness," Kelly said. "The more people are diagnosed, the more can register to participate in trials to find treatments."

To fund those trials and other research, the CureLGMD2i Foundation hosts an annual game night. This year's event will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Eden Resort & Suites, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster. Tickets are required for the event and are inclusive of a variety of food and beverages, as well as the opportunity to win lots of prizes. There will also be live and silent auctions, with vacation home getaways and tickets to Steelers and Sixers games listed as just a few of the things that will be up for bids. Samantha's 12-year-old sister, Marina, will speak at the event, and several people with LGMD2i will attend.

Limited tickets are available, so folks should not delay in registering by following the link at www.curelgmd2i.com/events. Prize donations and volunteers to staff the game night are welcome, and interested individuals may contact Kelly at kbrazzo@yahoo.com or call 717-405-7518.

Additionally, a golf outing has been organized by a friend of the family to take place at 9 a.m. on Oct. 28 at Crossgates Golf Club, 1 Crossland Pass, Millersville. Folks who would like to participate may follow the link at the CureLGMD2i Events page listed previously.

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School Holds Fundraisers For Red Cross October 18, 2017

Shrewsbury Elementary School recently held two fundraisers to benefit the American Red Cross. The events, Penny Wars and Hat Day, raised almost $2,500 for the organization.

Hat Day was held on Sept. 8. Students were able to make a donation to the Red Cross and wear a hat to school. Almost $1,000 was raised by the staff and students during the event.

Students ran the Penny Wars contest during homeroom period throughout the week of Sept. 18 to 22. Each grade level competed to see who could accumulate the most points during the week, with each penny worth one point. Overall, the students raised more than $1,512, with fifth grade finishing in first place, third grade in second place, and fourth grade in third place.

Art teacher Michele Reedich volunteered to make a banner as a prize for the winning grade level. Students from the winning grade level signed the banner, which will be displayed in the school lobby.

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School Announces Fundraiser October 18, 2017

Solanco High School students, teachers and staff will raise funds in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Students in the Ophelia Club are selling breast cancer awareness bracelets during lunch periods at the high school. At the Solanco football game on Friday, Oct. 27, bracelets and rally towels will be distributed to people who make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The school is located at 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville.

Students and staff also plan to wear pink to school and the football game on Oct. 27 to support people impacted by breast cancer and to help raise awareness of the battle against breast cancer.

For more information, email Solanco High School counselor Lindsay Capoferri at lindsay_capoferri@solanco.k12.pa.us.

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Fundraiser Benefits Four Diamonds October 18, 2017

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Walk Supports Heart Health October 18, 2017

The annual Capital Region Heart Walk took place at City Island in Harrisburg on Oct. 15. Nearly 2,500 walkers turned out to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke and honor people whose lives have been touched by these diseases. The event raised $750,000 for the American Heart Association, and the fundraising total is expected to climb as additional donations are accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The walk was led by Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer, a 12-year-old congenital heart defect survivor from Duncannon. Lorelei was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and she has undergone 26 medical procedures. After one of her open-heart surgeries, she was inspired to create child-size heart compression pillows for other children undergoing open-heart surgery. Lorelei's Heart Hugs project includes a network of volunteers who have made thousands of heart pillows for patients around the world. The project also funds heart care and surgery for orphans around the world and advocates for reform in cardiovascular care for veterans.

The masters of ceremonies for the opening ceremonies were radio personality RJ Harris and television news anchor Robb Hanrahan. Brad Hollinger chaired the event. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Vibra Healthcare; the founder and CEO of The Hollinger Group; and a co-founder and the chairman of the board of Vibra Health Plan.

The event culminated with a 1-mile survivor walk around City Island or a 3-mile walk that continued across the river onto Front Street, both routes finishing across home plate at FNB Field. Participants could also take advantage of other healthful activities before and after the walk, including Hands-Only CPR demonstrations, Healthie Selfies, healthful snacks, and activities for children. The offering of healthful activities and education for people of all ability levels and interests at the Heart Walk was part of the American Heart Association's new Healthy for Good initiative to encourage individuals to make lasting changes to their health and life, one small step at a time. Healthy for Good is focused on four key areas: eat smart, add color, move more, and be well.

Dollars raised at the Capital Region Heart Walk will support the American Heart Association's lifesaving mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, the nation's numbers one and five killers, through supporting heart disease and stroke research, health care quality improvement, advocacy, prevention and education.

For more information about the Capital Region Heart Walk, readers may visit www.heart.org/capitalregionwalk or contact Jillian Horan at 717-730-1782 or Amy Nilsen at 717-730-1766.

Information about the American Heart Association is available by calling 800-AHA-USA1; visiting www.heart.org, www.facebook.com/AmericanHeart or https://twitter.com/American_Heart; or calling any of the organization's offices across the country.

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Eastern York Dollars For Scholars Plans 6K, Fun Run October 18, 2017

The Eastern York Dollars for Scholars (EYDFS) 6K and 1-mile fun run will be held rain or shine on Saturday, Nov. 11. Check-in and race-day registration will take place at Eastern York High School (EYHS), 720 Cool Creek Road, Wrightsville, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The race will begin at 9 a.m. Online registration is available at www.eydfs.org/6krun.aspx through Tuesday, Nov. 7. Those who register by Tuesday, Oct. 31, will receive a race T-shirt. Separate registration fees have been set for the 6K and the fun run, and military veterans may register for half-price. All proceeds will benefit EYDFS.

Formerly known as the Jacob Dannels Memorial 6K, the event is a key fundraising component for EYDFS, an organization that exists to support EYHS graduating seniors through scholarships. Scholarships are awarded annually to individuals who demonstrate strong academic achievement and improvement, exhibit involvement in community and school activities, maintain consistent school attendance, and receive strong professional recommendations.

Event organizer Sherrie Snyder said that the group's goal is to provide as many scholarships as possible by hosting fundraising events like the 6K and an annual three-versus-three basketball competition, as well as through business sponsorships. More than $72,000 was awarded to graduates from the EYHS Class of 2017, said Snyder.

The EYDFS 6K course, which is equal to approximately 3.73 miles and will include a mix of roads and trails, will begin in the parking lot of EYHS, travel through a portion of Highpoint Scenic Vista and Recreation Area, and conclude on the EYHS track. The course does not accommodate pets or strollers.

A water station will be located at the halfway point at Highpoint. Volunteers will be stationed on the hill to cheer on the runners. Among the volunteers will be an EYDFS board member who is known as "King of the Mountain" for his faithful encouragement to runners at that spot each year. "People love the challenge," shared Snyder. "Our race volunteers come back every year and have a great time."

The 1-mile fun run will begin shortly after the 6K runners take off. "The fun run course is for those who want to participate on a small scale," Snyder explained. "The course (goes) on the Eastern York campus and (is) great for any age group."

As is tradition, homemade Italian wedding soup and tortilla soup will be provided for all participants after the race.

Awards will be presented to the top three men and top three women overall, as well as to the top male and female finishers in various age groups. The top three finishers in the fun run will also receive awards. Snyder said the awards ceremony will begin at approximately 10 a.m.

Last year's event had great weather and drew 94 participants for the 6K and 26 for the fun run. "We started giving random prizes (to people) after the race," Snyder said. "We will do that again this year - something a little extra for the great group of people who help support us."

For more details, readers may email 6K@EYDFS.org or visit http://easternyork.dollarsforscholars.org.

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"Columbia Four" To Run Marine Corps Marathon October 13, 2017

On Oct. 22, the self-dubbed "Columbia Four" - Paul Resch, Jeff Detz, Jeff Seibert, and Jason Bootie - will run the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. Three of the men - Resch, Seibert, and Bootie - will be running their first marathon. Detz, a Marine Corps veteran, will be running his second, having run the same race last year.

The friends, who range in age from 36 to 59, have two goals: finish the 26.2 miles and raise $13,100 ($500 per mile) for Hospice & Community Care. All donations will be designated for the Hospice Care for Veterans program, which provides compassionate care to veterans and their families. To date, the runners have raised almost $10,000 toward their goal.

Through Hospice Care for Veterans, staff and volunteers provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support to veterans and their families. This specialized support, which is focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgement of the patient's military service, can be especially meaningful to veterans at end of life. In 2016, Hospice & Community Care provided services to more than 600 veterans in the local area.

The Columbia runners are pleased to have the support and encouragement of eight veterans and one active-duty service member who are serving as honorary chairmen of their fundraising campaign. All five branches of the military are represented among the group, which includes: Don Armold of Lancaster (Marines); Keith Combs of Columbia (Navy); Andrew Combs of Norfolk, Va. (Navy, active duty); David Detz of Leesville, La. (Army, retired); John H. Hahn of Columbia (Air Force); Joseph "Gabby" Hartman of Columbia (Navy, WWII); Lamar Kauffman of Columbia (Coast Guard); Benjamin Zeamer of Columbia (Army); and Ed Wickenheiser of Columbia (Marines, retired).

The Marine Corps Marathon attracts approximately 30,000 runners from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. The race steps off in Arlington, Va., and crosses over the Potomac River into Washington, D.C., before ending back in Arlington at the Marine Corps War Memorial.

The Columbia runners entered the Marine Corps Marathon lottery in March and were selected to participate in the race. They began training in April and estimate they each have logged nearly 1,000 miles running and walking - roughly the distance from Columbia to Orlando.

Raising money for Hospice & Community Care is especially meaningful to Resch, who lost his grandfather in June. He and his family were thankful for the compassion shown by hospice employees during that difficult time. "Training for my first marathon has been a life-changing experience," Resch said. "Come race day, my motivation will be knowing that I'm not just running for personal satisfaction, but I'm running for veterans and their families who are going through difficult end-of-life experiences."

"I feel proud and privileged to run the Marine Corps Marathon and raise funds to help our amazing heroes who have served our country and for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to give us our freedoms and protections in the greatest country in the world," Bootie said.

Seibert echoed those sentiments, saying that he is often reminded of the saying "All gave some, and some gave all." "While my miniscule efforts in this marathon can't offer anything to those who gave all, if I can somehow offer my gratitude to those who gave some in perhaps their final days on earth, then my efforts in this marathon will surely be worth it," stated Seibert.

To donate, interested individuals may visit www.hospiceconnect.org/give and enter "Marine Corps Marathon" under special instructions.

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Race For The Roses October 12, 2017

New Holland Club Tops In State Flower Sales

According to New Holland Area Kiwanis Club member and rose sale chairman Lee Shaffer, not only does the club sell more dozens of roses than any other Kiwanis Club in the state, the club's 2017 sales have broken past records, with more than 700 dozen sold. The annual fundraiser helps the club support a variety of local organizations that aid children, including CrossNet Ministries, local Girl Scout troops, Cub Scout Pack 148, and the ELANCO Library.

While being number one in the state is fun, Shaffer said that the best part of the effort is when the club members meet to box the roses, scheduled for the morning of Thursday, Oct. 19. "It is the biggest event the Kiwanis Club has to get together and have fun," said Shaffer, who noted that at 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 19, a truck loaded with a thousand bouquets of a dozen roses will arrive at Grace Family Church in New Holland. "We are the hub for this area of the state," explained Shaffer, who added that representatives of about 10 Kiwanis clubs from Reading, Lebanon, Elizabethtown, and Lancaster will venture to New Holland to pick up their own orders.

Up to 45 members and friends of the New Holland club will meet at the church at 6 a.m. to begin boxing the more than 700 dozen roses sold by the club this fall. Shaffer makes sure that coffee and doughnut holes are available to the volunteers before beginning the second stage of the two-stage boxing process. Stage one will be completed on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 18, when about 10 club members will gather to assemble more than 1,400 pieces into boxes and lids to hold the roses.

Shortly after 6 a.m. on Oct. 19, production lines will be set up at long tables, with each person taking a specific job preparing and boxing the roses for delivery. Shaffer added that because of the large number of participants and skill that has come from years of experience, the 710 dozen roses will be boxed in about an hour and most club members will be headed out to deliver their roses between 7 and 8 a.m.

The sale is the club's second-biggest fundraiser, with the first being the golf tournament held each May. Shaffer said that the 2017 rose sale should raise about $6,000 for the club. According to Shaffer, many of the roses the club sells are purchased by local business owners who use them to show employees they are appreciated and reward them for their service.

The New Holland Kiwanis Club, which currently boasts about 58 members, was chartered in 1949. The club meets each Tuesday at noon at Garden Spot Village. The international organization's mission is to change the world, one child and one community at a time. Readers who would like to learn more about the local club may call 717-445-6749.

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Birdseed Sale Will Conclude October 11, 2017

The York Audubon Society has announced that Wednesday, Oct. 25, will be the last day to order birdseed in support of the organization's 34th annual Birdseed Sale. Sales fund the York Audubon Society's numerous environmental education and conservation programs throughout York County.

Seed selection includes black oil sunflower, premium mix, economy mix, cracked corn, safflower seed, nyjer seed, sunflower hearts and peanuts in the shell. To make selection easy, the organization has prepared a free feeding chart that lists how and what to feed the most common bird species found in York County.

Everyone who places orders before the order deadline will be entered in a drawing to win a pair of birding binoculars.

All seed orders may be picked up on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the former Record Club of America parking lot on 4075 N. George St. Extension, Manchester, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. To place orders or for more information, readers may call Richard Humbert at 717-266-1864.

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Friends Group Plans Halloween Dance October 11, 2017

Those who used to shop at the old Collinsville Discount Center will remember that the store had a little bit of everything, and Betty Bell, a member of the Friends of the Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, said that the Collinsville Discount Band's musical repertoire includes that same "little bit of everything." The band will play at the Friends of the Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center's Halloween Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Kreutz Creek Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7045, 341 Yorkana Road, York.

The dance is open to anyone age 21 and up. Costumes are welcome but are optional. However, masks will not be permitted. Snacks will be included with the price of admission, and beverages will be available to purchase. It is a nonsmoking event. Interested individuals may purchase discount tickets in advance for a lower rate at the VFW or at the library, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hallam, as well as from members of the Collinsville Discount Band. Full-price tickets will also be available at the door.

At the dance, the band will play music including hits from the 1970s to today, as well as original songs like "Cloud 9" and "She Called Me Hon." The band members include Alex Degnan on bass, Jason Greenwood on guitar, Ryan Waltemyer on drums, and vocalists Terry Atwood, Jackieraye, and Jennifer Plonk. Degnan has performed with DaNica Shirey, a former contestant on "The Voice," and played with the band Shrimpboat. Greenwood provides studio work for local artists and has performed live with Lindsey Erin. Waltemyer can be heard playing with The Whiskey River Band.

Bell, who has been a member of the Friends for approximately 14 years, said that band is high energy and does a spectacular job of making sure its audiences have a great time. "They really have a large following in the area," she remarked. The band will also have T-shirts available to purchase at the dance.

The Friends group has held fundraising dances in the past, but this will be the first one in at least seven years, according to Bell. Proceeds will benefit the programs offered at the Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center and help to meet the $35,000 portion of the library's budget that the Friends group is responsible for raising.

For more information on the library, readers may visit www.yorklibraries.org/kreutz-creek.

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YWCA York Holds Fundraiser Walk October 11, 2017

More than 400 walkers helped raise $120,000 at this year's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in the city of York to benefit victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Participants donned women's shoes to walk approximately 1 mile in an effort to raise awareness and funds for YWCA's ACCESS York and Victim Assistance Center and Still Waters in Hanover. The money raised will help the organization provide counseling, legal services, emergency shelter, housing and community education here in York County.

Awards were given to the team, individual and father-son duo that raised the most money. This year's top team winner was WellSpan Health, which raised $20,315. The top individual award went to Keith Noll, who raised $6,660. The top father/son fundraising team was Greg and Sean Young, who brought in $255.

The event included a Kick Up Your Heels pre-party, a proclamation by the York County board of commissioners of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and YWCA York's Temple Guard performance. The walk finished on Beaver Street in York with a dance party, children's activities and an interactive display of how bystanders can help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Keith Sheffer was the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes chair.

To support York County victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking through monetary donations, readers may text the word HEELS and the amount they would like to donate to 501-55. For more information, readers may contact YWCA York at 717-845-2631 or go to www.ywcayork.org.

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Leighty, Bubb Receive Honor October 11, 2017

York County Community Foundation (YCCF) inducted Jody Anderson Leighty, Esq., and Timothy J. Bupp, Esq., into its Professional Advisor Recognition Society at an event on Sept. 28. Induction into the Professional Advisor Recognition Society allows the YCCF to recognize and thank local accountants, attorneys, financial planners, investment advisors, and trust officers for their efforts in promoting charitable giving with their clients through endowment with the YCCF. Leighty and Bupp join 20 local professional advisors who have been inducted into the Professional Advisor Recognition Society since its inception in 2012.

Leighty serves as a member of YCCF's Distribution Committee, and she serves other organizations like the Southern Branch YMCA. Leighty has introduced many clients to YCCF as a way to create their own personal legacy for York County.

Bupp is a founding member of YCCF's Agriculture and Land Preservation Committee and also chairs YCCF's Resource Development Committee as one of his responsibilities on YCCF's board of directors. Bupp regularly promotes the benefits of creating a legacy at YCCF and also advocates among his peers about the value of YCCF versus creating private foundations or other vehicles.

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Giveaway Drawing To Aid Autism Center October 11, 2017

TrueNorth Wellness Services will hold a community-based giveaway drawing to benefit TrueNorth's new Autism Center, located at 1181 Westminster Ave., Hanover. A $3.5 million capital campaign to support the costs of construction for the new Autism Center is ongoing.

TrueNorth Wellness Services works with more than 400 individuals in York and Adams counties through its autism programs. To accommodate the growing need in the region, the Autism Center will serve as the home for TrueNorth Wellness Services' relocated and expanded Hanover-based autism services, including The Amazing Kids Club. The Autism Center will provide increased space for therapeutic treatment and will offer a natural setting for outdoor activities. The property will also feature improved logistics for parking, pickups and dropoffs. Construction began in April, and the center has a targeted grand opening date in November.

In the giveaway drawing, cash prizes will be awarded, with first- through third-prize winners announced on Friday, Dec. 15, at Hanover Markets, 1639 Broadway, Hanover. Entrants do not need to be present to win.

To purchase giveaway drawing tickets, readers may contact Carol Connor at cconnor@truenorthwellness.org or 717-632-4900, ext. 1072.

Individuals may donate to the capital campaign by visiting http://www.firstgiving.com/10670/support-us. More information about TrueNorth Wellness Services is available at www.truenorthwellness.org.

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Local Resident Launches Lloyd's Rides October 9, 2017

A few years ago, Randal "Hoss" Caldwell was taking photographs at a car show in Blue Ball when a mother and her son stopped to talk to him and ask what he was doing. Caldwell explained that he was taking pictures to put on his blog, where he has cataloged thousands of images taken at the various car and motorcycle shows he attends. He gave the boy, who was mentally challenged, a business card with a link to the blog so he could see the pictures. "He was so happy he teared up and gave me a hug," recounted 69-year-old Caldwell.

That encounter was just the push that Caldwell said he needed to finally get to work on establishing Lloyd's Rides. The nonprofit organization is named after Caldwell's father, Lloyd, who died in 1983. "Both sides of our family had mentally challenged individuals, and he would always go out of his way to help them out," explained Caldwell.

Inspired by his father's example of living generously and prioritizing others' needs above his own, Caldwell created Lloyd's Rides to facilitate outings for individuals who would like to go for a motorcycle ride or a drive in another unique vehicle. He said that Lloyd's Rides will focus on reaching out to a variety of folks in need - whether they may be individuals who are mentally or physically challenged, veterans, or someone experiencing homelessness or other difficulties. The individuals can go out for lunch or ice cream or just a scenic drive - it is really up to each person's preference, said Caldwell.

Lloyd's Rides is registered as a tax-exempt public charity, but it is still in need of donations to cover the insurance costs of operating. To make a donation or to inquire about receiving a ride, interested individuals may visit http://lloydsrides.org. Volunteers with motorcycles and unique or antique vehicles who are interested in giving rides to individuals are needed too, and those individuals may email lloydsrides@gmail.com.

Eventually, Caldwell hopes to open chapters in all 50 states. Caldwell is also on a mission to find the mother and son duo he talked to at the car show in Blue Ball. He does not know their names but is hoping somehow they will be able to reconnect so he can share how pivotal their brief encounter was in helping him to launch Lloyd's Rides. "I need to find the boy and his mom to give him a ride in his favorite ride," Caldwell said.

Caldwell lives in Manheim with his wife, Mary. The couple has been married for 45 years and has three children. Now retired, Caldwell said that Lloyd's Rides has become his full-time profession. He is in the process of having his dog, Sophie, trained to become a service dog so they can visit veterans at the Lebanon VA Medical Center together. Part of his desire to help veterans stems from the fact that he was unable to serve in the military due to medical issues. "I feel that (because) I didn't get to serve in Vietnam, I've got to do something to honor these guys," said Caldwell.

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Organization Posts Fundraising Effort October 6, 2017

Advoz: Mediation and Restorative Practices invites community members to participate in a fundraising effort this fall. Through Tuesday, Oct. 31, all donations to Advoz will be doubled, up to $15,000, thanks to a matching gift from the Hahn Family Foundation. As of early October, Advoz had received a total of more than $8,190 from 45 supporters.

Funds raised will go toward Advoz's mediation and restorative justice work. To donate, readers may visit https://advoz.charityproud.org/Donate.

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Educators Attend Workshop October 5, 2017

More than 75 physical education and health educators from across Pennsylvania attended a free continuing education workshop on Sept. 21 in Grantville. The workshop was hosted by the American Heart Association and sponsored by Penn State Children's Hospital.

Dr. Thomas Chin, chief of pediatric cardiology at Penn State Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Heart Group, introduced Dr. Leslie Walker-Harding, professor and chair of the department of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and medical director of Children's Heart Group. Walker-Harding presented a session on the status of student and family health, highlighting statistics about youth obesity and cardiovascular disease risk. Dr. Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, associated professor at Penn State University College of Medicine, shared findings from his American Heart Association-funded research on the long-term effects of lack of sleep on cardiovascular health.

Youth program directors from the American Heart Association provided guidance for incorporating physical education, including the American Heart Association's own Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart youth programs, into curricula based on the Charlotte Danielson Model for teaching. Participants shared lesson plans, student activities, worksheets and parent engagement tools, and they learned new jump rope and basketball skills and games in a session led by Coleen McNamara and Colleen Weigmont from the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Inc.

The Dubble family of Lebanon closed the program by sharing the story of their son, Carter. Born in 2008, Carter was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. At just 12 days old, Carter underwent the first of several open-heart surgeries he would endure within the first few years of his life. Carter's parents, Courtney and Danny Dubble, thanked the educators for their commitment to the health of their students.

Carter's story highlights the advocacy work of the American Heart Association, which advocated for the passage of Act 94 of 2014, ensuring every newborn in Pennsylvania is screened for critical congenital heart defects using a pulse oximetry test before they leave the hospital. Also, the American Heart Association raises funds for heart disease research through programs like Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart.

For the second year in a row, Penn State Children's Hospital and the American Heart Association are teaming up to encourage schools, students and families throughout central Pennsylvania to take youth health to heart. Nearly 85,000 students at schools that participate in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart programs throughout Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties will receive exclusive health education resources from physicians and health experts at Penn State Children's Hospital. Students at participating schools will have the opportunity to learn Hands-Only CPR thanks to a donation of the American Heart Association's CPR Anytime kits, enter the Penn State Healthy Community essay contest and art contest, and receive booklets and activities to encourage healthful eating.

For more information, readers may visit www.heart.org/kids.

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Ride, After-Party To Support Breast Cancer Survivors October 2, 2017

As a five-year breast cancer survivor, Bainbridge resident Kim McCoy is all too familiar with the way that medical expenses continue to add up after insurance coverage ends. "A survivor has another chapter in an unwritten book that changes almost daily," McCoy said. "Some things change temporarily; others are permanent changes that have to be adjusted and accepted."

Treatment side effects like neuropathy, lymphedema, heat flashes, scars, fatigue, pain, swelling, hair loss, and depression can linger for a while or last forever. Regardless of the intensity or duration, McCoy points out that these things are often not covered by insurance or other resources. "These (things) are very real to us survivors," she shared. "We live with these ailments on a daily basis."

Last year she and several friends held a fundraiser to help raise funds to support breast cancer survivors. This year, they are teaming up with the Perfect Match Boutique, a durable medical equipment supplier that specializes in meeting the needs of women after breast surgery. "Most hospitals in the area send patients to Perfect Match," McCoy explained. The money raised at this year's fundraiser will go directly toward helping breast cancer survivors who need assistance purchasing items such as compression sleeves, prosthetics and other medical garments and accessories for after surgery and treatments.

"Our goal is to help as many breast cancer survivors with the financial burdens of this disease," McCoy said. "My friends pulled me through all of this. They wouldn't let me hunker down in a hole."

The second annual Ta Ta Rebels Breast Cancer Survivors Event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7. The event will include a motorcycle ride, with registration from noon to 2 p.m. at the Elizabethtown American Legion Post 329, 240 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown. Maps will be provided for the approximately one-hour ride, which will conclude at the Delaches Fishing Association, 5450 Elizabethtown Road, Palmyra. "It's going to be a 'follow the dot' ride, at your own pace," said McCoy.

The after-party will kick off at 2 p.m. at the Delaches Fishing Association and will feature food, music, door prizes, and giveaways. There is a set donation per person to participate in the ride or event.

Meatballs, chicken corn soup, hot dogs and sauerkraut, and homemade side dishes and desserts will be on the menu, and a local business will donate beverages. Bainbridge resident Ernie "Only" Kresge will serve as disc jockey for the day. Door prizes and giveaway items will include electronics, oil changes and motorcycle inspections, jewelry, golf passes, themed baskets, and plenty of gift cards to area restaurants, attractions, and businesses.

Ta Ta Rebels t-shirts will also be available to purchase at the event.

In the case of rain, the motorcycle ride will be canceled but the after-party will still be held. Preregistration for either component is not necessary. Individuals who cannot attend the ride and event but would still like to make a financial contribution to the Ta Ta Rebels Breast Cancer Survivors Fund may email tatarebels247@gmail.com or call 717-368-2586 for more information.

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Manheim Young Farmers Plan Annual Food Drive October 2, 2017

The annual Manheim Community Farm Show parade is set to be bigger than ever this year, with a record number of entrants slated to take part. Even with lots of new participants, the float at the very end of the lineup will be the same as it has been for many years. Volunteers collecting food pantry donations will once again be part of a float at the back of the parade, ready to lend a helping hand.

Since 2005, the Manheim Young Farmers have sponsored a food drive to benefit the Manheim Central Food Pantry, and the nonperishable food items are collected and sorted on a float at the end of the parade. The 2017 Farm Show is set for Monday, Oct. 9, through Friday, Oct. 13, and the parade will step off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

As part of ag-in-the-classroom education, paper bags are sent home the week before the parade with third-graders in the Manheim Central School District with a note explaining the details of the food drive and encouraging them to donate. For the second year in a row, bags will also be distributed to each of the families at Manheim Christian Day School.

Manheim Central High School (MCHS) FFA students volunteer each year to help with collecting donations from folks along the parade route. FFA chaplain Josiah Heisey said it is a tradition that helps to reinforce the group's priority of helping the local community. "It's a lot of fun, and it's a good way to teach the freshman (FFA) members about how important community service is," agreed FFA president Emily Witmer.

Individuals of all ages may donate canned goods during the parade or drop them off at the shopping cart that will be designated for donations at the Manheim Children's Farm Show exhibit area during Farm Show week. Items needed for the food pantry include applesauce; canned stew, canned meat, and chili; canned pasta meals; soup; cereal; peanut butter; jelly; canned fruit; canned or boxed potatoes; boxed macaroni and cheese; and any kind of crackers.

The Manheim Central Food Pantry, located at 334 W. Gramby St., currently serves approximately 136 households, according to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank statistics. Registered clients receive food and personal care items once a month, based on family size.

"We're here for everybody that can use the help," said Jim Hershey, who serves on the food pantry steering committee.

"And we're very thankful for donations," added volunteer Arlene Yoder.

Last year, a local business that purchased the champion steer at the Manheim Farm Show livestock auction donated it to the food pantry. MCHS agriculture teacher Deb Seibert said this has become a common practice among the generous individuals and businesses in the Manheim community, with approximately 30 animals from the livestock auction being donated to the food pantry last year. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank then pays the fees for processing the meat. This year's livestock auction is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 13.

Food pantry volunteer Nancy Auker said the organization tries to distribute as many fresh and healthy items as possible to its clients. "We try to focus on the good things," explained Auker. Donations of meat via the livestock auction make this possible, along with the generosity of a local family that donates milk, bread, and eggs every week.

To be eligible for the food pantry's services, individuals must reside in the Manheim Central School District. Potential clients may call 717-665-2331 to inquire about eligibility.

For more information, readers may visit www.manheimcentralfoodpantry.org or http://manheimag.org.

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Team To Hold Fundraiser September 27, 2017

Susquehannock High School's girls' volleyball team is raising money to increase breast cancer awareness through the team's Dig Pink Side-Out Foundation fundraising campaign. The team hosted a Southern York County School District luncheon and a car wash, and the team is selling Dig Pink T-shirts to raise money for the foundation. The team will host a Dig Pink volleyball game against Kennard-Dale High School on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at Susquehannock High School, 3280 Fissels Church Road, Glen Rock.

The team has raised more than $1,835 so far during various fundraisers. The group will continue to sell the Dig Pink T-shirts until the volleyball game on Oct. 10 to add to its fundraising total.

The Side-Out Foundation's Dig Pink initiative encourages high schools and colleges across the nation to raise funds at their matches in October. The foundation supports health care professionals in their pursuit of practical solutions for women and men who are diagnosed with breast cancer, enabling them to regain control of their lives.

For more information or to order a T-shirt, readers may contact Darla Pennewill at darla.pennewill@sycsd.org.

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Heart Walk Events Raise Funds September 27, 2017

More than 600 total walkers participated in recent Heart Walks in York and Hanover to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke. The walks, held on Sept. 16 at John Rudy County Park in York and Sept. 17 at the South Hanover YMCA in Hanover, raised $80,000 for the American Heart Association. The fundraising total is expected to climb as additional donations are being accepted until November.

The walks were led by the Morales family of Red Lion, whose 2-year-old daughter, Sophia, was born with a congenital heart defect called transposition of the great arteries. During opening ceremonies, her parents, Liz and Felix Morales, shared her story.

Missy Mulcahy Fischer was honored as the top walker, raising more than $12,000. Prior to the walk, participants could take advantage of free blood pressure screenings, hands-only CPR demonstrations, health information, fitness activities, children's games and snacks. Participants with pets at the York event could enter a dog look-alike contest. Warm-up exercises were held at each location, as well.

Dollars raised at the York County Heart Walks will support the American Heart Association's lifesaving mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, through supporting heart disease and stroke research, health care quality improvement, advocacy, prevention and education. The 2017 event was chaired by Michael Brown.

For more information, readers may visit www.heart.org/yorkwalk.

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