Thursday, August 26, 2010
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is Sunday, Oct. 3

By Lynn R. Parks

Retired Seaford High School track and cross country coach Rob Perciful always wanted to organize a race that ended over water. He has gotten his wish, said Mary Catherine Hopkins, Bethel, with the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer run, which Perciful is helping to organize. The 5K run, to be held Sunday, Oct. 3, will have its finish line in the middle of a bridge that crosses a pond on the campus of Delaware Technical and Community College, Georgetown. A non-competitive 5K walk held the same morning will also end mid-bridge. Both run and walk will benefit the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. Cost to participate in the run is $20; participation in the walk is free. Both runners and walkers are asked to collect pledges for the cause. The run/walk replaces the early-spring daffodil sale that the Sussex office of the American Cancer Society used to hold. The Wilmington-area chapter has sponsored a fundraising run and walk for eight years. A kick-off for the Sussex event was held Aug. 4 at the Marvel Carriage Museum in Georgetown. Already, Hopkins said, 37 teams with 112 people are signed up to participate in the Sussex run. "We are off to a good start," she said. "We could have 200 or 300 people there." Registration for the race will start at 7 a.m. The run will get underway at 8:30 a.m. and the walk at 9. The course will all be on the college campus. There's more to the run than simply raising money, Hopkins said. Community events like this one promote awareness of the American Cancer Society and the services it provides, she said. They also provide support to people who are suffering from cancer and their families, she added. A survivor's tent will be set up during the run where people who had or have cancer can gather. "There is always somebody there they can talk to," she said. "People who have just gotten a diagnosis of cancer can realize, 'Hey, I'm not alone.' And people who have beaten cancer and who want to give back have the opportunity to do so." Hopkins said that organizers are trying to get young people involved in the run. "We want them to be aware of cancer, and we also want to give them the opportunity to do something for the community," she said. Organizers are also reaching out to the Spanish-speaking community, she added. All literature that will be handed out that day will be available in Spanish.

For your information The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K run and walk will be Sunday, Oct. 3, at Delaware Technical and Community College, Georgetown. Registration starts at 7 a.m. For details, visit or call 800-937-9696 or 875-7308.

Praise, praise and more praise

By Dr. Anthony Policastro

One of the things that we do on a regular basis is take good results for granted. The child with a good report card will often not get the praise he or she deserves. However, a poor report card will get a lot of attention. The spouse who cooks a good meal will often not get deserved praise while a poor tasting meal will receive a lot of criticism. One of the things that I teach parents in the way of behavior modification is the "rule of six," to make sure that they find something to praise their children for at least six times a day. This is sometimes hard to do because we are not in the habit of praising our children for the little things that they do on a daily basis. Even something simple such as coming to dinner in a timely fashion is worthy of praise because not all children do that. The same could be said for taking a bath or brushing their teeth or putting a dirty plate into the sink. The "rule of six" is good to use with children who are having behavior problems because it changes the focus from their bad behavior to their good behavior. No matter how you look at it, all of us can benefit from praise. For that reason, using this particular tactic will work well with all children. If we praise the things we want them to do such as chores, they are more likely to do them. It is no different with spouses. We need to be thanking them for picking up after themselves. We also need to thank them for cooking a good meal and for all the little things that they do. We need to do these things all year long. It is hypocritical if the only time someone gets flowers is on Valentine's Day. That form of praise is forced. Spontaneously bringing home flowers is a much better way to show appreciation. We need to celebrate all the little things. For example, celebrating the anniversary of a first date or an engagement is a good thing. Not remembering what those dates are is not. It is no different in other situations. Praise for co-workers is important. Praise for those who work for us is usually not done enough. There should be a rule of six for all supervisors. The same is true in commercial establishments. I like to go to the theater. I often will make it my business to find and thank the sound board worker. If the microphones are not done correctly, the show is not going to be as good. There are lots of opportunities to create your own celebrations. For example, I created something called a half life day. This was the day in which the amount of time I was married to my wife equaled the amount of time before we got married. After that day we would be married for longer than we were not married. Since we had different birth dates, the actual date was different for both of us. However, it gave us an excuse to celebrate twice. There are other opportunities to do things like that. All you have to do is think outside the box. Even if you do not come up with special occasions, there are more than enough chances to give praise to those around you at least six times per day.

Coding specialist program Become a member of the expanding health care field by enrolling in the health information coding specialist certificate program offered at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Health information coding specialists are responsible for translating diagnostic and procedural phrases used by health care providers into coded form. This process requires analyzing health records and interacting with health care providers to ensure terms have been translated correctly. Information is then used for reimbursement purposes. This 36-session program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 13 to April 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. The course consists of three sections: medical terminology, medical coding and billing I and medical coding and billing II. Students will discover how to analyze inpatient and outpatient health records, assign accurate numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure, and identify principle diagnosis and procedures to evaluate accuracy of data submitted to fiscal agencies.

They also will learn to understand reimbursement processes and compliance programs. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Certified Coding Specialist exam. Funding through the Department of Labor is available for this course. For more information, contact Corporate and Community Programs at 854-6966.

Delaware Hospice support group Delaware Hospice's Bereavement Counselor, Paul Ganster, LCSW, will lead an eight-week grief support group on "Grieving the Loss of a Loved One," on Thursdays, from Oct. 14 through Dec. 9, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. There is no fee for this service which is provided as a community outreach by Delaware Hospice. To register, call Paul Ganster, LCSW, at 357-7147, or email

Prostate screenings offered September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and, once again, the Cancer Care Center staff at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will provide prostate screenings to the community on Friday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Miller Building (121 S. Front St., Seaford). There is a $5 screening fee and pre-registration and fasting are not required. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital encourages men over the age of 50 to take advantage of this service. Men 40-years-old and at high risk of developing prostate cancer are also encouraged to participate. African-American men and men who have a family history of the disease have a higher risk for developing prostate cancer. For more information, call Melinda Huffman, nurse navigator, at 629-6611, ext. 3765 or 2378.

Cancer Support Group The Wellness Community-Delaware offers a general cancer support group for people affected by cancer and their loved ones held at The Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. The monthly support group meets in the second floor conference room of the Cancer Care center on the third Monday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The next meeting takes place on Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m. The Wellness Community, an affiliate of the Cancer Support community, is dedicated to helping people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support and hope. Facilitators are trained mental health professionals with a master's degree or more. Call 645-9150 for information or to register for this program. All support groups offered at the Wellness Community are free of charge. This program is made possible by the support of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford.

Food safety classes offered The University of Delaware Sussex County Cooperative Extension office will hold two levels of food safety courses this September, ServSafe and Dine Safe, at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Hwy., Georgetown. ServSafe will be taught on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dine Safe is Thursday, Sept. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. A ServSafe certificate from the NRAEF will be awarded to individuals who complete the course and receive a passing grade on the exam. The cost of $145 for the course covers the training, textbook, lunch, and certification examination from the NRAEF. A reduced course fee of $125 is available for three or more registrants from one establishment. Dine Safe is a three hour session designed to focus on the basic principles of food safety and handling. Each participant receives a training guide with the information covered in the program. All participants will receive a certificate of participation. The Dine Safe short course is $25.Dine Safe can be scheduled at a business location provided there are at least 10 employees enrolled. Registration forms for both classes are available by visiting: For more information, contact Michele Walfred at 856-2585, ext 544.

BBQ & Antique Car Show Methodist Manor House will hold the 2nd Annual Chicken BBQ & Antique Car Show to benefit Delaware Hospice on Saturday, Sept. 11, from noon to 3 p.m., at 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford. Guests will also enjoy a live broadcast of Eagle 97.7, bake sale, craft table, gift shop and Manor House Thrift Shop. Cost is $8 per chicken platter. Tickets may be purchased from the receptionist at Methodist Manor House.

Autism Delaware tournament Sign up for Go Fish, a bass fishing tournament to benefit Autism Delaware's southern location and the advocacy, education and support services they provide to improve the lives of people with autism and their families. Go Fish will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19, at eight ponds throughout Kent and Sussex counties, and will be followed by a celebration at Milford's Bicentennial Park. Anglers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Each team of two can register for $40 and will receive an information and fundraising packet. Prizes, including a grand prize of $500 and special youth prizes, will be awarded at the celebration. The public is welcome to attend the celebration which will include fun for all ages with music by Code Blue, food from Go Fish of Rehoboth and kids games. Nominal fees will be charged for games and food for those not participating on a fishing team. Pro bass fisherman Mike DelVisco will fish in the tournament Sunday and participate in the celebration. There are 160 slots for fishing so register today by visiting or calling 422-2255.

Breast cancer support group Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) has expanded its Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey, a program for women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer, by partnering with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Seaford. The free, monthly program is offered at the Cancer Center located at 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. The program is facilitated by Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center professional staff - Terri A. Clifton, MS, NCC, Cancer Care coordinator; Mary Brown, RN, DSN, manager Cancer Care Center; and Wendy Polk, nutritionist - with assistance from Lois Wilkinson, DBCC special projects manager, who helps facilitate the program at Bayhealth. Of particular value to newly-diagnosed women is DBCC's Peer Mentor Program through which they are paired with a long-term survivor for one-on-one support. To learn more about Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435. Registration is required and light refreshments and small gifts are provided.