2nd Pemberville Pancreatic Cancer Walk set for Aug. 18
The Second Annual Pemberville Pancreatic Cancer Research Three Mile Walk will be held Aug. 18. The walk is organized by the children of a Pemberville man who lost his life in a brief but brutal battle with pancreatic cancer.
Robert Kohring, Sr. was always the picture of health, according to his daughter, Lori Laake. “He was athletic – he biked, played basketball and he walked miles a day – and everyone thought he’d live to be 100.”
The family was shocked in March 2010 when the former Marine was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. They were even more stunned when, just 54 days later, he succumbed to the disease.
The Second Annual Pemberville Pancreatic Cancer
Since then, Laake and her siblings have been dedicating themselves to raising funds and awareness about the disease, which also claimed Apple co-founder Steve Jobs; actor Patrick Swayze; singer Luciano Pavarotti and Carnegie-Mellon University professor Randy Pausch, acclaimed for his “Last Lecture.”
"Our dad was born, raised and died in Pemberville,” Laake said. “He biked and walked the streets so many times – many people knew him – so we thought it would be very fitting to hold the walk there.”
The event will be hosted by The Lustgarten Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Cablevision in 1998 in honor of one of its executives, Marc Lustgarten, who died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 52 years. The company has made a multi-year commitment to underwrite all of the Foundation’s administrative expenses to ensure that every cent of every donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.
To date, the Foundation has provided more than $42 million in support of research to find early detection methods, better treatments, and ultimately, a cure. Major projects include sequencing the genome of pancreatic cancers and an early detection initiative to develop a blood test to detect the disease.
More than 250 people participated in last year’s walk, which raised more than $11,000 for pancreatic cancer research. “That was a huge feat for a small-town event such as ours,” Laake said.
The walk will begin at the Pemberville Fire Department, 104 E. Front St. Registration will open at noon and the walk will start at 1 p.m.
Participants will walk a three-mile route around the village of Pemberville. All routes are handicap/stroller accessible. Dogs are permitted at the walk on a leash. Parking is available on site.
A minimum pledge of $30 is requested for early, online registration and $35 the day of the event. The pledge minimum may include a personal donation, and/or contributions pledged in support of pancreatic cancer research.
To register or for more information, visit Lustgarten.org and click on the Pemberville Walk.
Safe in the Shade
The 5th Annual 5K Walk/Run for Melanoma will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Rd., Oregon. Meet at Shelter #2.
The advance registration fee is $20 per person, which includes a t-shirt. Registration on the day of the event is $25, with no guarantee of a t-shirt. Register online at safeintheshadeohio.com or on the day of the event between 8 and 8:30 a.m.
Red Cross classes
The American Red Cross is offering a variety of lifesaving health and safety courses during the months of August and September throughout Northwest Ohio.
•Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED – Participants learn how to respond to common first aid emergencies, how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults, the use of automated external defibrillators (AED), and more.
Blended learning courses allow flexibility to busy participants by completing their classroom training online and testing their skills in person. Attendees receive a two year certification and access to free online refreshers upon completion.
• Babysitter’s Training – Designed for students age 11 and older, this in-person course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for infants and children up to the age of 10. Participants will learn how to respond to emergencies with first aid, rescue breathing and more; make good decisions under pressure; communicate effectively with parents; recognize safety and hygiene issues; manage young children; feed, diaper and care for infants; and start a babysitting business.
Students receive a compact emergency reference guide, an interactive CD-ROM featuring an activity booklet with games, songs, recipes and other activities, an electronic client organizer, and much more.
Advance registration is required. To register and learn more information about the course, visit redcross.org/takeaclass or call 1- 800 RED CROSS.
Walk & Roll-a-Thon
The Spina Bifida Association of Northwest Ohio (SBANWO) invites community members to register for its 4th Annual Walk & Roll-a-Thon Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Ada War Memorial Park in Ada. Participants may register online at www.firstgiving.com/SBANWO/walkrollathon.
The Walk & Roll-a-Thon celebrates the achievements of those living with Spina Bifida and helps raise awareness about the importance of folic acid in preventing birth defects. Registration for the event is free. Participants who raise $50 or more are eligible for an Official Walk & Roll-a-Thon t-shirt and other awards.
The event includes a booth at the Ada Harvest & Herb Festival, walking in the festival’s parade at 10 a.m., and Walk & Roll registration at 11 a.m., with the main event kicking off at 1 p.m.
Spina Bifida, an incomplete closure of the spinal column that occurs in the first month of pregnancy, is the most frequently occurring, permanently disabling birth defect in the U.S. By consuming 400 mcg (0.4 mg) of folic acid prior to pregnancy, women may reduce their chances of having a child with Spina Bifida by as much as 70 percent. Folic acid also plays a role in the growth of healthy cells, may contribute to a healthy heart and may help prevent certain types of cancer.
New infant testing
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has announced that it has added severe combined immunodeficiency disorder (SCID) to the list of diseases that all newborns in Ohio are screened for at birth.
The ODH laboratory began screening for SCID July 29, using the same newborn screening specimens already collected to test for 35 other rare disorders.
“The new screening item helps move Ohio forward in our fight against infant mortality,” said Dr. Ted Wymyslo, director of the Ohio Department of Health. “More than 1,000 babies die before their first birthday in Ohio. By detecting SCID early, we can help our state’s infants have a healthier start to life and less medical problems down the road.”
SCID is a group of genetic disorders that causes profound defects of the immune system, the body’s line of defense against all types of infections. SCID is one of the most critical immune system problems and occurs in an estimated one in 40,000 newborns. If it is not treated, most affected infants die within the first year of life. The screening is expected to identify approximately three infants with SCID each year in Ohio.
Ohio’s newborn screening program began in 1964 with one disorder and now screens for 36 disorders. Approximately 140,000 newborns are screened annually. The blood to be tested is drawn by a simple heel stick within 48 hours of birth. The screening provides an opportunity to detect medical conditions that, if not addressed early, would cause serious problems like developmental delays, major illness or death.