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February 11, 2000

'Patch' Adams to speak at Hood College March 2

FREDERICK, Md. - Dr. "Patch" Adams, founder of Gesundheit Institute, whose life story was featured in a movie starring Robin Williams, will give a lecture titled "The Joy of Caring" at Hood College's Whitaker Campus Center, Campus Commons Room, Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Adams advocates the value of sharing laughter and compassion with patients during the healing process. For nearly 30 years, he has been treating patients without charge, making house calls and bringing humor, healing and hope to thousands of patients in hospitals all over the world.

Adams has written several books, including "Gesundheit!" and "House Calls: How We Can All Heal the World One Visit at a Time."

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This lecture is sponsored by Hood College's Bonner Scholar Program and is part of the Social Visionary Speaker Series at Hood.

For information, call the Office of Service Learning at Hood at 1-301-696-3751.

Hospital sets weekend childbirth education class

A weekend childbirth education class sponsored by Family Birthing Center at Washington County Hospital is offered quarterly at Robinwood Medical Center, Conference Center, blue entrance, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown. The next class will be Saturday, March 18, from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 19, from noon to 5 p.m.

The class will include prepared childbirth, baby care and infant CPR. Saturday's session includes two snacks and lunch and Sunday's class includes a light lunch.

The fee is $110 per couple or $95 per single. Registration is required.

For information or to register, call Family Birthing Center at 301-790-8214.

Asthma program designed for day-care providers

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - American Lung Association of Pennsylvania, Central Region, invites all Franklin County licensed day-care providers and their staff to attend a "Sesame Street A is for Asthma and Children's Lung Health" program, Thursday, March 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Chambersburg Hospital.

Stacie Marrie and Valarie Pheasant of Franklin County Pediatric Associates will talk about asthma, medications, what to do when a child has an asthma episode, children's lung health and the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Each attendee will receive two hours of continuing education credits and a variety of materials to be used in their classrooms, including a Sesame Street "A is for Asthma" kit with a 15-minute video featuring Elmo, Dani (who has asthma) and other Muppet favorites; asthma action plan posters; and a caregiver guide with lessons, songs and games.

The program is funded by a grant from Environmental Protection Agency.

For information or to register for this free program, call American Lung Association no later than Thursday, March 9, at 1-800-932-0903.

WalkAmerica to benefit March of Dimes April 30

The 30th annual WalkAmerica to benefit the March of Dimes will begin at Long Meadow Shopping Center in Hagerstown and Baker Park in Frederick, Md., Sunday, April 30. WalkAmerica is the March of Dimes' largest annual fund-raiser.

All routes are 6 to 8 miles long. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the walks begin at 9 a.m. at all sites. Walkers can participate as individuals or a team by asking friends, family members, business associates and others to sponsor them. Through TeamWalk, corporations, organizations and clubs form teams of walkers with friends, family members and colleagues.

Locally, funds raised support community services, advocacy and education efforts such as Babies and You, Folic Acid Outreach, Focus on Kids, Positive Peer Advocacy Program, Healthy Babies Project and Comenzando Bien.

For information, call March of Dimes at 1-800-326-BABY.

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