Health
Thursday, February 5, 2004
Sussex County Emergency Medical Services Paramedics
The following Sussex County Emergency Medical Services paramedics were recognized by the Nanticoke Rotary Club for Outstanding Community Service in a ceremony on Jan. 21 at the Blades Yacht Club: Don Weber, Eric Huovinen, Ann Tait, Brendan Cluskey, Rob Mauch, Fred Haas, and Jay Myers. Each paramedic also was recognized by State Rep. Tina Fallon, and presented with a proclamation from the Delaware State House of Representatives. During the banquet, guest speaker, Lon Kieffer, held up a Sussex County EMS Phoenix Club plaque from 1997, and thanked the paramedics for saving the life of his stepfather, Richard Jewens, a cardiac arrest survivor. The Phoenix Club is an organization that honors the survivor and rescuers of cardiac arrest that have a full recovery while educating the public on the the importance of bystander CPR and quick access to AED’s (automatic external defibrillators). At the conclusion of the awards presentation, Sussex County administrator Bob Stickels and Sussex County Council president Dale Dukes thanked the paramedics for their services. Stickels also thanked the spouses and families of paramedics for their support.

‘Blow the Whistle’ on asthma
The American Lung Association of Delaware is currently recruiting teams to walk and raise money for asthma research and to heighten awareness about this potentially fatal chronic disease. The “Blow the Whistle on Asthma” 5K Walk will be on Sunday, May 23, at 9:30 a.m., Legislative Mall, Dover. All proceeds from the “Blow the Whistle on Asthma” Walk support the American Lung Association’s research and education efforts to help people manage their asthma and to find a cause and cure for this debilitating respiratory disease. To register for the walk, corporate, family and civic teams are encouraged to call the ALADE office at 302-655-7258 or visit www.alade.org.
MS Walks on the Shore
The National MS Society, Maryland Chapter, Eastern Shore, annual MS WALKS will be on Saturday, April 17, in Ocean City and on Sunday, April 18, in Salisbury. The MS Walk is the National MS Society’s signature event, bringing together more than 6,000 participants and volunteers statewide and raising more than $700,000. The Eastern Shore MS Walks are two of 10 community walk sites across the state, attracting 700 walkers from the Shore and beyond. In 2004 the goal for the Eastern Shore Walks is ambitious: to raise $100,000 to fight MS.

Visually Impaired Support
The Seaford Visually Impaired Support Group meets in the activity room of the Methodist Manor House on the first and third Thursday of each month from 1:30-3 p.m. The group meets to share concerns, support one another and to celebrate victories that they have had in dealing with life’s challenges. Anyone with a vision problem or his or her caregiver is welcome to attend. There is no charge and the group is open to the public. For more information call the group’s facilitator, Robert Gray at 629-6204.

Fibromyalgia Support Group
The Sussex Fibromyalgia Support Group will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Manor House, Wesley Wellness Center, 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford in the employee lunchroom. The program will include a video “Coping with Fibromyalgia,” by Dr. Carol Burckhardt. Friends and relatives are welcome. For further information, call Jonathan Souder at 629-4593.