Thursday, February 26, 2009
Autism Ball & Auction is planned The Lower Delaware Autism Foundation's Autism Ball & Auction for Hope is Saturday, March 7 at the Bay Center in Dewey Beach. The cocktail attire event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and dancing to the live sounds of Big City Band. There will be an open bar during the silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. and a cash bar from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are on sale for $125. i.g. Burton of Milford is the lead sponsor. "This year's theme for the Autism Ball is Dream," said Melissa Tice Martin, LDAF Executive Director. "I.G. Burton's support means LDAF can continue to provide quality programs and services to individuals with autism. Their support means more than they know especially in this economy." For more information or to purchase tickets, call 302-644-3410 or visit

Stroke support group offered Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's next Stroke Support Group meeting is Thursday, Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Nanticoke Memorial's 2nd Floor Cancer Care Center Conference Room. The support group is designed for individuals who have survived a stroke as well as their families and caregivers. The two-hour support group meetings will consist of guest speakers and breakaway sessions, in which caregivers and stroke survivors will meet in two groups to discuss concerns, provide support, and allow for networking. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is not required for this free support group. For more information, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 8626.

CHEER Center gets trainer Personal Trainer Dave Ronovech is now available at the CHEER Community Center located at 20520 Sand Hill Road in Georgetown every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m., free of charge. Ronovech, who is the premier senior and elderly health and fitness instructor in Sussex County, specializes in senior and elderly exercise. Dave is licensed through Active Living Partners to assist clients with diet, nutrition and becoming more physically active. He is the founder and director of the Fountain of Youth Fitness Program at the Harbour Lights CHEER Activity Center in Lewes. To join the CHEER Center's Fit N' Fun Fitness Center, you must be over the age of 50. Cost is $20 a month for members and $24 for non-members. For more information, call 302-854-9500.

Walk MS Kick-Off Party Learn more about the MS Society Delaware Chapter at a Walk MS Kick-Off Rally on Tuesday, March 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Ball Room at the Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information about the rally, contact Stefanie Sirota at For more information about Walk MS and the MS Society, visit

Cancer Networking Support Group The Wellness Community of Delaware offers a "General Cancer Networking" support group the third Monday of each month from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. held at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Cancer Care Center second-floor library, Seaford. Professionally led cancer support programs offer hope, education, and emotional support for adults with cancer and their loved ones who want to fight for recovery and the quality of their lives. Learn how to feel less isolated and more in control. All programs offered through The Wellness Community of Delaware are free of charge to people affected by cancer. For further information, or to register, call 645-9150.

CHEER plans healthy living expo On Tuesday, April 21 the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown will host a free Healthy Living Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Healthy Living Expo, which is open to the public, has room for more vendors to set up a table at the expo. The fee is $75 or $50 if you offer a health screening. For registration or more information, call 302-854-9500.

Diabetes education offered Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program beginning March 4 and continuing March 11, 18 and 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the hospital. Registration is required and the cost of the program may be reimbursable by insurance. The program includes weekly education sessions and individualized meal planning for diabetes self-management. Sessions include the following: week one - what is diabetes; week two - meal planning, eating out and reading labels; week three - glucose monitoring, sick day rules, traveling; and week four - medication, stress management and lifestyle changes. Family members and significant others are welcome to attend. To register and obtain more information, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.

Cancer Center hosts program Women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer can now receive free professional help to cosmetically disguise the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Look Good...Feel Better, a program developed by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cosmetology Association, trains volunteer cosmetologists to help women with cancer conceal loss of hair, skin problems, and other side effects that can result from cancer therapy. Cancer Care Center at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host the program on Monday, March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Cancer Care Center's 2nd floor conference room. The program is free to all patients in active cancer treatment. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Cancer Care Center at 629-6611, ext. 2588.