Health
Thursday, March 13, 2014
 
2014 Walk MS dates The Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has announced the 2014 Walk MS dates and invites all Delawareans to join the movement. Twilight at Heritage Shores will be held on Friday, May 30. Registration starts at 5 p.m. and the walk kicks-off at 6. Each year, thousands of participants come out to celebrate hope and the accomplishments made in the MS Movement, said Linda Risk, development director. Our dedicated walkers raised almost $300,000 last year. To register for any of the walks, visit www.delawarewalk.org or call 302-655-5610. For more information about MS in Delaware, visit www.MSdelaware.org.

Benson joins Cancer Care Center The Nanticoke Cancer Care Center welcomes Isabel Benson, NP-C, AOCNP. Benson will be providing care to medical oncology patients under the practice of Dr. Muhammad Siddique. Benson received her bachelor of science in nursing and her master of science in nursing from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa. She also completed a bachelor of science in health care administration at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Md. Benson holds certifications in Adult Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioner. Benson has been a nurse since 1981 and began specializing in the care of cancer patients in 1985. She brings nearly 30 years of experience in providing care to medical oncology patients from inpatient care to home infusion. Benson has been a medical oncology nurse practitioner since 2007.

Health insurance enrollment continues More than 9,000 Delawareans have enrolled in health care coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and the states expanded Medicaid program. Under the Affordable Care Act, almost every American is required to have health insurance or face a financial penalty. In 2014, March 31 is the last day to enroll in coverage. For those who fail to obtain coverage this year, the penalty will be $95 per person ($47.50 per child under 18) or 1 percent of annual household income, whichever is higher. The penalty increases every year. For more information, including a list of enrollment events staffed by Delawares marketplace guides, visit www.ChooseHealthDE.com. To enroll directly, go to www.HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.

Learn about Parkinsons Disease Dennis Leebel of the Sussex County Parkinson Education and Support Group will be the featured guest speaker at the next meeting of the Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities on Monday, March 17. Leebel will present Parkinsons in Sussex County, a discussion focused on the number of cases in Sussex County and throughout Delaware, various care options, and the rise of support groups that are helping to meet the needs of those affected by the disease. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Lewes Senior Center, 32083 Janice Rd., Lewes.  For more information, visit the advisory committees page at www.sussexcountyde.gov/committees.

Trinity Logistics fundraiser Trinity Logistics will host its first Big Pink Volleyball Tournament from 8:30 am.. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at Sussex Tech High School in Georgetown. This event, which is expected to be held annually, is made possible by the Trinity Foundation and aims to raise funds for breast cancer charities. The 2014 proceeds will be donated to the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center in Seaford. Fifteen teams will compete to call themselves the champions of the Big Pink Volleyball tournament. Supporters and fans of all ages are encouraged to come and cheer on the teams as well as gain valuable knowledge about this prevalent disease. Nanticoke Cancer Center in addition to other organizations will be hosting education tables for all who are interested to learn more about breast cancer awareness, early detection, and what you can do to help. Sharp Energy of Georgetown will be in attendance as well with their pink propane truck which supports the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Sharp Energy has also donated a pink beachcomber bicycle to be raffled off during the event to one lucky winner. There will be concessions and activities for fans and spectators to participate in during the tournament.

Trinity Logistics is selling breast cancer awareness sweatshirts from which proceeds will also benefit the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center. To purchase a sweatshirt or inquire about making donations, contact Ethan Malone at 800-846-3400, ext.3810.

Kick Butts Day event The community is invited to participate in the annual Kick Butts Day & Health Awareness Event on Saturday, March 15. Presented by First State Community Action Agency and the Georgetown Boys & Girls Club in partnership with the American Lung Association and Beebe Healthcare, the event will kick off at 8 a.m. with a cigarette butt cleanup at the Georgetown Circle. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. For details contact Sandi Hagans at 856-7761, ext. 113 or Renee Hickman at 856-4903. 

Enroll-a-Thon events The State of Delaware is hosting Enroll-a-Thon events in an effort to educate Delawareans about the Affordable Care Act and how to enroll in a health insurance plan before the March 31 deadline. An event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 14, Delaware Technical Community College, Terry Campus, 100 Campus Dr., Dover, Building 700, Room 758. Visit www.ChooseHealthDE.com to contact Marketplace Guide organizations to schedule an appointment, or call the 24/7 helpline with questions at 1-800-318-2596, TTY: 1-855-889-4325.

Memory Café is March 24 People with memory loss and their caregivers are invited to Memory Café, which will celebrate its one-year anniversary, on Monday, March 24, from 10:30 a.m. until noon, at the Ocean View CHEER Center.

Southern Delaware Kidney Walk The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will hold its sixth annual Southern Delaware Kidney Walk, Sunday, Apr. 27, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States and kills more people every year than breast cancer, prostate cancer or leukemia. Check-in and festivities begin at 9 a.m. at the Picnic Pavilion. The walk will kick off at 10. Participants can choose from a 3.2-mile trail or a shorter trail for strollers and wheelchairs. Enjoy refreshments from Surf Bagel and Aquafina, music from Moonbeam Entertainment and the Kidney Kids Corner with face painting and games. With a $10 donation, dogs and owners can be a part of the Kidney Paws for a Cause and receive a goody bag with dog treats, as well as engraved dog tags from All Aboard Grooming and Kennels. There is no registration fee, but Cape Henlopen State Park charges an entrance fee of $4 for vehicles registered in Delaware and $8 for vehicles registered outside of Delaware. All participants who raise a minimum of $100 will earn a 2013 Kidney Walk t-shirt. For pre-registration or information about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, call 410-726-8732 or visit www.kidneywalk.org. 

Breast Health Forum returns The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) announces the next ¡VIDA!" Multicultural Breast Health Forum will take place at the Multicultural Church and Community Center in Milford on Saturday, March 29 from noon to 4 p.m. The forum will feature free health screenings, information about breast health, and vendors from various nonprofit, health, business, and media organizations. A kids corner will be available for children of all ages. Pre-registration for the event is not required but you must call 1-888-672-9647 to register for a mammogram. For more information, contact Cheryl Doucette at 302-672-6435.

Tobacco Cessation Program offered Bayhealth offers a free seven-week program that offers support and guidance to help individuals ages 18 and up quit using tobacco products. The next class series will meet each Tuesday from April 8 to May 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Rehab Conference Room at Bayhealth Milford Memorial. Call 1-877-453-7107 or 744-7135 to register. For questions and more information, contact Terry Towne, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, 302-744-6724.