Flood Help and Events

Julie Kuntz Klingerman is the adminstrator of the Helping Neighbors – Bloomsburg Flood 2011 Facebook group.  She will be helping us compile flood-related help and events.

The “Turn the Page” book drive is in full swing at the Columbia Mall near Dunham’s.  Over 30,000 books are available for children of all ages who have lost their libraries.  The books are being handed out for free, and children of all ages may choose up to a dozen books.  The hours are:

 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – Closed
Thursday – 4:00 – 7:00
Friday – 4:00 – 7:00
Saturday – 1:00 – 7:00
Sunday – 1:00 – 5:00

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AGAPE still needs volunteers as the continually changing needs of the community evolve.  Specifically, help is needed:

  • at the information desk on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p. m. answering the phone, handing out applications, and filling supplies requests.
  • at the storehouse to lift, load and unload store donations, sort clothing, and help fill supply requests from the information desk
  • at Freedom Hall at the fairgrounds to load and unload furniture on Monday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • for Flood Survivor Recovery Assistance as experienced caseworkers or those willing to be trained
  • for skilled dry-wallers, licensed electricians and licensed plumbers

AGAPE may be contacted at 317-2210 or at agaperelief@gmail.com

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The Bloomsburg Area YMCA will be hosting a ZUMBA party November 5th from 4 – 6 p.m. to raise money for AGAPE.  Admission is $10; free for AGAPE volunteers with badge.  Zumba-wear t-shirts are available for $10, with all proceeds benefitting AGAPE as well.

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The Catawissa Christian Church, 102 Main Street is offering clothing, some furniture, large and small appliances, toys, pet supplies, and a variety of food and household items to flood victims on Saturday, November 5th from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.  *No FEMA numbers required, no questions asked.*  The church is also accepting donations that may be dropped off outside the door of the church on Monday-Friday from 4:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Needed:  men’s, women’s,  and children’s clothing, especially for winter, canned goods, bedding, towels, dishes, Christmas decorations, pet supplies, books, and small appliances.  To donate furniture, please call ahead: Coleen, 594-2750, Maureen, 441-2749 or Sue, 356-2364.

Julie Kuntz Klingerman for The Bloomsburg Daily

Living with Lung Cancer: Stephanie Dunn Haney

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness month.  The Bloomsburg Daily had the opportunity to chat with Hemlock Township Manager, cancer advocate, mother of 2, and lung cancer survivor Stephanie Dunn Haney.  Stephanie relayed her experiences with cancer, her hopes for her young children, and her determination to battle the stereotypes and stigma associated with her illness.

For Stephanie, it started with a “funny pain” in her right side when she sneezed or coughed.  She didn’t want to bother her doctor with her seemingly minor complaint, and soon she became pregnant and was busy with a new baby to care for.  They wouldn’t do an X-ray on a nursing mother anyway, she thought.  The “funny pain”  failed to resolve, and after a year and a half, Stephanie finally consulted her physician.  In an attempt to diagnose and treat her symptoms, the next two years were filled with a battery of tests and treatments. Stephanie underwent an EMG (nerve conduction study),  an Ultrasound of her gall bladder, X-rays, and an MRI, all of which were negative.  She was referred to a neurologist, a chiropractor, and even to physical therapy, which were also unsuccessful in alleviating her symptoms.  Finally on October 3rd, 2007 after  approximately three and a half years of unresolved symptoms, the diagnosis came after a CT scan came back positive:  lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, stage IV. Even then, her surgeon told her it was probably not lung cancer as she had never smoked and had no family history of cancer, and a surgical biopsy was performed.  This procedure confirmed her diagnosis the same day.

The stage of cancer refers to the tumor’s size and to what degree it has spread to other parts of the body.  Stage IV is the most advanced stage of lung cancer, and about 40% of patients newly diagnosed with lung cancer are already in that stage. In this stage of lung cancer, the tumor has spread to another part of the body and as such is considered inoperable and incurable. Treatment options, while available, are limited.  This type of cancer also has a very low survival rate, with only about 15% surviving 5 years or more.

While Stephanie notes that the first year after her diagnosis was spent dealing with grief and loss, she states , “I eventually got mad,” and became an advocate for lung cancer.  Stephanie points out that lung cancer kills more people than prostate, breast, and colon cancers, and melanoma combined, and yet it has very little funding.  She also notes that  lung cancer is a highly stigmatized disease, and that people tend to want to place blame on patients with lung cancer for contracting the disease in the first place.  She was frequently asked questions that would indicate some sort of cause for her illness. “But I have no risk factors.  I never smoked.  I have no family history of cancer.  This is not necessarily an environmental disease.  I provide an example that stretches people’s understanding of the disease.”

Stephanie and her friend Rachel Troychock have also been active in their fundraising efforts for lung cancer research and awareness.  Team Haney, the local group walking in the “ Free to Breathe National 5K” campaign, was organized in 2008 and has managed to raise more than $43,000 over the last 3 years.  The funds raised by this event benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to research, advocacy for patients, and increasing community awareness of the disease. Stephanie has also been involved with the Lung Cancer Alliance, a group whose main directives are to lobby for federal funding for research, increase awareness, and to provide patient support.

Through her advocacy efforts, she  strives to be a role model for her 2 girls, now ages 6 and 8. “I want my kids to learn how to be their own advocate, how to handle adversity, and how to fight for something they believe in.”

In February of this year, Stephanie entered into a clinical trial of Crizotinib, and  on August 26th, the Food and Drug Association (FDA) approved the new drug for the treatment of certain lung cancers. Crizotinib (brand name Xalkori ) has been effective at treating patients with a specific genetic mutation called ALK (anplastic lymphoma kinase).  This mutation is often found among non-smokers who have developed non-small cell lung cancers, and Stephanie has this gene.  According to the FDA, 50-60% of patients in the clinical studies for Crizotinib experienced complete or partial shrinkage of their cancer.

Currently, Stephanie remains in the clinical trial, and she continues to have the tumors though she claims she is “living with stable disease.”  This past August, a brain tumor was discovered and she was treated with Cyberknife.  She continues to get scans every 6 weeks and she is monitored by her oncologist.

Several fundraising events are planned for this month; please see the events calendar for details, or contact Rachel Troychock at racheltroychock@hotmail.com:

November 5th:   Free to Breathe National 5 K walk at the Columbia Mall.

November 19th:  Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s

November 20th:  Longaberger Basket and American Girl Doll Bingo at the Buckhorn Firehall

Raffle:  Purchase tickets for a chance to win an iPod2; drawing held November 20th

 

 

 

BU Welcomes Students’ Parents and Families

BLOOMSBURG— Families of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania students will get to sample campus life during this year’s annual Parents’ and Family Weekend Friday to Sunday, Oct. 28 to 30. The weekend’s events will include athletic events, professional entertainment and recreational opportunities.

BU President David Soltz will welcome family members during an open forum Saturday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. in the Kehr Union Fireside Lounge. Other weekend events include:

-A show by comedy magician, Adam Trent, Friday, Oct. 28, at 9 p.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom. The event is free for BU students and family members

-BU’s Quest’s open high ropes and climbing wall event on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-A football matchup between BU’s Huskies and C.W. Post Saturday Oct. 29, at 2:30 p.m. in the Redman Stadium.  At halftime the Huskies Marching Band will perform and the winning essay in the Parents of the Day contest will be read. Tickets, at $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens will be available at the gate.  Admission is free for BU student and children under 5.

– A Celebrity Artist Series performance by comedian Josh Blue. The winner of 2006’s “Last Comic Standing” will perform Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. For this show, BU students, parents and family members receive a BU student ticket price of $15 per person. Contact the Box Office at (570) 389-4409 for tickets or information.

The weekend’s events will begin informally Friday, Oct. 28, when family members may sit in on their students’ classes, with permission from instructors.  On Saturday, Oct. 29, a buffet dinner will be served in Scranton Commons from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Activities on Sunday, Oct. 30, will include a Protestant worship service and  Catholic mass, both at 11 a.m. in Kehr Union.

For a complete Parents’ and Family Weekend schedule, see www.bloomu.edu/family/ParentsWeekend.pdf.

Article Courtesy of Bloomsburg University

Art Show at the Moose Exchange

Endless Records has presented a range of things in the last year, from rock concerts to bowling parties to experimental film screenings, and now we’re hosting an art show as well. In collaboration with the Stairwell Gallery at the Moose Exchange, we’ve curated an exhibit of local artists recreating and re-imagining favorite album covers. Check it out for yourself at our opening reception tonight, Friday, October 14, 2011, from 6 to 8 PM. Endless Nick of Endless Records will be DJing the event with a choice selection of cover versions from the extensive Endless Records library, and light refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Bloomsburg Area Trick or Treating Schedule

According to Bloomsburg Town Hall, Trick or Treating will be from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Danville Council voted tonight to schedule Halloween Trick or Treating from  6-9 p.m. on Oct. 29.

And if you are looking for the perfect costumes, our Halloween store is located at the Buckhorn Plaza (Walmart, Lowes, etc), 68 Lunger Dr, Bloomsburg.  Call them at 570-784-8593.