Grandparents Support Group Autism Delaware's next monthly meeting of the Grandparents Support Group is at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8. This free support group is open to grandparents with grandchildren on the autism spectrum. Share ideas and concerns at the Lewes Office, 17517 Nassau Commons Blvd. with other grandparents and a professional moderator. For more information, call 302-644-3410. Registration is appreciated.
Breastfeeding support group On Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m., Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold The Mom's Circle, a free breastfeeding support group, in the Nursing Conference Room. The Mom's Circle is a safe place for moms to come for support, advice and friendship from both experienced nursing moms and new moms. This group meets the first Wednesday of each month. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Jacalyn Bradley, Nanticoke's lactation consultant, at 629-6611, ext. 2234.
Annual Paddle for a Cure On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 18, Coastal Kayak will hold their 15th Annual Paddle for a Cure, benefitting Delaware's Cancer Support Community. "Our programs help people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones cope with the emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis and the difficult journey that follows," said Jo Allegro-Smith, Sussex County director. The event will launch in the late afternoon from the Ocean City commercial harbor. Coastal Kayak's professional guides will take participants through the harbor, alongside fishing boats, learning about the different methods commercial fisherman use to bring in their catch, to the north end of Assateague Island to enjoy the view just before sunset. A donation of $30 per person is requested in lieu of a registration fee. Space is limited and reservations are required; must be 13 years of age or older to participate. For more information, visit www.coastalkayak.com, call 302-539-7999, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All dollars will go directly to subsidize the free cancer support programs for residents of Sussex County. For more information on the Cancer Support Community, visit www.cancersupportdelaware.org.
Dr. Lukolic joins Nanticoke The Nanticoke Physician Network welcomes Ismet Lukolic, MD to its active medical staff. Dr. Lukolic joins Dr. Wadi at Nanticoke Physician Network Gastroenterology & Hepatology located at 100 Rawlins Drive, Seaford. Dr. Lukolic is board eligible in internal medicine and is accepting patients ages 18 and up. He is fluent in both English and Albanian. Dr. Lukolic received his doctor of medicine from St. George's University School of Medicine in True Blue, Grenada. He completed his residency and fellowship in gastroenterology at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in New York City. His professional memberships include the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the Albanian American Medical Society. Dr. Lukolic is also involved in the New York City Medical Reserve Corps and acts as a volunteer medical officer to the Illyrian Society of Law Enforcement Officers, a fraternity of the NYPD.
Practice accepting newborns Nanticoke Primary Care in Bridgeville is now accepting newborn patients. The practice is located within Bridgeville Medical Center at 9111 Antique Alley, Unit 1, Bridgeville. Drs. Nguyen and Merritt are board-certified in family medicine and Sarah Jenkins, FNP-C, CCHP is a certified family nurse practitioner. The practice is also accepting pediatric patients. "With the need for additional health care for children in our area, the office has added providers able to care for pediatric patients including newborns," said Tom Brown, president, Nanticoke Physician Network. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 337-9320.
Parkinson's Support Group Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and the Manor House, will hold a Parkinson's education and support group on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 9:30-11 a.m., at the Manor House in Seaford. The group is free and open to the public. This support group is not only helpful for the individual diagnosed with PD, but also for caregivers, friends and family. Group members welcome guest speakers on a variety of subjects related to PD and provide support to each other through other small group discussions. Studies show that support group sessions enhance the quality of life, help to alleviate stress, and may even boost the immune system. For more information, contact Tara at 629-6611, ext. 3838.
ALS walk to be held at Rehoboth Beach There will be a walk to defeat ALS on Sept. 10 at the Rehoboth Beach grandstand. Registration will take place at 8 a.m.and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. The walk will be held in memory of St. Paul's pastor Donald Murray who passed away from ALS four years ago. Any questions or to make a donation, call 875-2713.
Diabetes education program Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 5-7 p.m. The cost of the program may be reimbursable by insurance. As a person with diabetes, Nanticoke Health Services can be part of your healthcare team to help teach you the self-care skills needed to keep you on track. The four-session diabetic program includes weekly education sessions in a group setting. One family member or significant other is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required prior to attending classes. To register and to obtain more information regarding the course, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education Department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.
Women's empowerment conference The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) in conjunction with the Women of Wellness, LLC, will present the Total Woman's Conference: Empowering the Wise and Well Woman on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Delaware Technical Community College Campus in Georgetown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, educational conference will offer women an overview on what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on breast health, nutrition, exercise, financial fitness and stress management. The program will include workshops, lunch, and free health screenings. "To continue to break down barriers to treatment, care and information, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is committed to running programs that meet the needs of the populations we serve," said Migdalia Garduno, bilingual outreach and screening coordinator for the coalition. "Women who might be at risk for breast cancer can learn ways to decrease their risk at the conference and also walk away with some tips to live a healthier lifestyle." Research suggests that having a condition like diabetes, in addition to breast cancer, increases the risk of dying from the disease. Black women have a higher incidence of diabetes and other comorbidities such as hypertension that reduce survivorship. Space is limited and registration is required to attend the free workshop. Visit bit.ly/wiseandwell or call 302-778-1102 to register. For more information, contact Migdalia Garduno at email@example.com or visit www.debreastcancer.org.
Stroke Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a free stroke support group on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center. This support group is designed for individuals who have survived a stroke as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. Meetings consist of guest speakers and breakaway sessions in which caregivers and stroke survivors meet in groups to discuss concerns, providing support and networking. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 629-6224.
DBCC plans fundraising walk The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is preparing for the Seventh Annual "Monster Miles for a Cause" Walk at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 22. The untimed walk, which takes place during breast cancer awareness month, is a family friendly event. Attendees are encouraged to walk in honor or in memory of someone who has been impacted by breast cancer. The event includes food, vendors, and team prizes. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the walk steps off at 10. To register, visit www.debreastcancer.org. Monster Miles will be held rain or shine and costs $20 per individual in advance and $25 for day-of registration. Individuals can also participate as part of a team. Children 12 and under can walk for free with an adult. New this year, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition will have a beer garden after the race along with a souvenir for each participant. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Michelle Marshall, DBCC event coordinator, at 302-593-9924 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit www.debreastcancer.org.
Easter Seals Walk is Oct. 16 Register your team for the fourth annual Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore "Walk With Me & Run For Us Delmarva" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, at Baywood Greens, 32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck. Delmarva's Walk With Me is an opportunity for families, friends, neighbors and colleagues to support services for families living with disabilities in our local community. Easter Seals directly serves more than 1,930 individuals with disabilities and their families in lower Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. For the first time Easter Seals has added a 5k run to their annual Walk With Me event. For more information, visit www.races2run.com/events/delmarva. Registration is available online at www.walkwithme.org/delmarva or by contacting Linda Forte at 302-253-1100, ext. 1121 or email@example.com.