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March 23, 2006|by ANNE WEATHERHOLT

MS Walk hits close to home

While I usually restrict the news in my column to events that happen in Hancock or that involve Hancock people, I am stepping a little outside that self-imposed rule to advertise, if you will, the upcoming annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk to be held in late April at the Antietam Battlefield.

I do this in the hope that some of our local Hancock citizenry will participate! I made the MS Walk a few years ago when it was still held in town. It was a personal crusade for me because one of my older sisters has MS. She is only three years older than I am, but is no longer able to live on her own. My oldest sister takes care of her, and she lives in a wonderful assisted living facility in a small town in Wisconsin.

Elizabeth is wheelchair bound. She can feed herself most of the time, she can talk, with difficulty and she is not in pain. But this brilliant young woman (she was diagnosed with MS at the age of 40) who was a ballet dancer, danced professionally for awhile and taught dance therapy, last danced from her wheelchair, moving her hands to the music that was being played by a visiting pianist.

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MS is still a mysterious disease and affects everyone who has it a bit differently. While some individuals are able to live fairly normally with a disease that is remitting in its effects, others, like my sister, have a chronic progressive type that eventually robs them of most functions.

Elizabeth's eyesight has not been affected, which happens in some persons with MS, and her mind is still fairly clear. She can easily become fatigued, which was the first symptom of the disease for her.

Medicines and good care have apparently halted any further progression, but the fact remains that she will never again have a life in her own home.

This year's local MS walk will take place on Saturday, April 22, at Antietam. Outback Steakhouse is providing lunch, and there will be a silent auction for those who may not choose to walk but still want to help. There is a 3- or 5-mile walk along a stroller-friendly path.

Last year more than 700 walkers raised $80,000. This is a worthwhile and wonderful family event. You can register online at www.mswalk-md.org. If you have any questions, call Rodney Cline at 301-432-5660.

Lionesses Club plans basket bingo March 26

This Sunday, March 26, the Hancock Lionesses are holding their basket bingo at the American Legion. Doors open at 1 p.m. and bingo begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The Lionesses use these funds to support many local charities and programs. Come help them out!

Rotary Club to hold auction event April 4

The Rotary Club of Hancock is selling tickets for their annual dinner/auction event to be held Tuesday, April 4, at the American Legion. Lucky winners have a chance to win cash prizes, as $2,070 will be given away that evening. In addition, there are lots of nice auction items which have been donated by local businesses and individuals. Certificates for services such as oil changes and car care products are popular items. Decorative home items including Longaberger baskets, candles, lotions and home interior products are also available during the auction.

Tickets may be purchased from Rotarians or by calling 301-678-7798. The funds raised go toward Rotary's support of many worthy local programs.

Preaching series continues at church

As the Wednesday Lenten Preaching Series continues this evening at historic St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, the Rev. Jamie Shipley, pastor from Hancock Presbyterian Church, will be the speaker. This will be Pastor Shipley's first time to participate, and the public is cordially invited to hear her address, the 2006 theme titled "Of Loaves and Fishes." The service of evening prayer, conducted by the Rev. Allan Weatherholt, begins at 7:30 p.m. A pot-luck supper precedes at 6:30 p.m.

Weight loss part of healthy lifestyle

And finally, at Curves just the other day I noticed a sign on the board announcing a grand total of more than 700 pounds has been lost by members since their opening in November!

This is a remarkable total and goes along with the Health Olympics goal.

Next Wednesday evening, March 29, the movie "Super Size Me" will be shown in the auditorium at Hancock Middle-Senior High School at 7 p.m. as the kick-off event for the 2006 Health Olympics.

You don't have to join a health club to be in the olympics, just make a commitment to live a more healthy life, exercise, eat a proper diet and keep a health diary. So come on, Hancock, make a commitment to drop those winter pounds and live a more healthy life!

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