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By ABIGAIL YEAGER / Special to The Herald-Mail | August 17, 2009
GREENCASTLE, Pa. --Three and a half years ago, Karen Holmes was diagnosed with breast cancer. One of the things resulting from her struggle was her book, "He Provides the Shoes: Walking with God through Breast Cancer," published last year through Xulon Press. The title of the book comes from a quote by evangelist Corrie ten Boom: "If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes. " "We all struggle through trials. Some are larger than others," said Holmes of Greencastle.
NEWS
April 7, 2010
The Southside 48 Bowling League recently hosted Bowl for a Cure at Southside Bowl in Hagerstown. It was a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization for breast cancer research. A total of $6,599.42 was donated to the Komen organization by the Southside 48 Bowling League. Bowlers paid an entry fee, brought in pledges and each received a commemorative Bowl for the Cure T-shirt. There were also door prizes, 50/50 drawings and items raffled off. Many area businesses and individuals made contributions by sponsoring lanes or donating merchandise and/or gift cards for door prizes and for the raffles.
LIFESTYLE
May 31, 2013
The McDonald's restaurants in Williamsport and Spring Mills, W.Va., hosted the 16th annual BCA-CV Challenge Golf Tournament on May 20 at Waynesboro (Pa.) Country Club. The event helps raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley, an organization that offers free support for breast-cancer patients in all phases, including diagnosis, treatment, recovery and metastases. This year, 88 players participated in the tournament and raised more than $33,000. One of the prizes in the tournament was a new $40,000 car for anyone who could hit a hole-in-one on the 10th hole at Waynesboro Country Club.
EDUCATION
December 23, 2012
Eleven nursing students at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown Towson nursing program were honored this fall with scholarships to attend the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Conference Oct. 9, in Harrisburg, Pa.  The event was held at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel. The Towson nursing students were selected for the Cary Massa scholarship. Massa was an active member and dedicated volunteer for the annual conference each year. The students who attended were Hannah Bradley, Brittany Bowman, Melani Harmon, Emily Heckman, Laura Kroll, Brittany Propst, David Rico, Kat Robbins, Tara Robertson, Alimatu Sangari-Sammarie and Bryce Smetzer.  For the past three years, Janet Tompkins McMahon, Towson University at USMH instructor, has successfully helped students with the scholarship program.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | October 13, 2012
Norm Potter likes garden tractor pulling and eating at Dixie Diner in Smithsburg. The diner staff like to go all out raising money for their Step-n-Stride Against Breast Cancer team. The two parties saw an unlikely compatibility there. “The Dixie ladies just said, 'It would be perfect if we mix what we're doing with what you are doing,'” Potter said. So three times now, the ladies have hit The Reserves, a pulling track surrounded by cornfields off Smithsburg Pike. They peddle raffle tickets on breast-cancer-awareness-pink items in pink buckets, pink cakes and pink quilts while Potter and friends pull tractors at Pulling for a Cure.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 21, 2011
Accompanied by a police escort, close to 50 motorcycles rumbled through downtown Waynesboro early Sunday afternoon with the goal of raising money and awareness about a deadly disease. After wet weather pushed the event back a week, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles riders from Chapter 1758 of Waynesboro, held a breast cancer awareness benefit poker run that started at the FOE and traveled about 40 miles around the area before returning to the lodge on Pa. 16, just west of Waynesboro.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2013
When Schuster Concrete driver Ginger Zirkle takes her concrete mixer on the road, she is doing her job and raising awareness about something she has spent the past year fighting. Zirkle, who was diagnosed with breast cancer that is now in remission, was presented with a pink mixer truck earlier this month with the words “Breast Cancer Awareness: Help Fight for the Cure” inscribed on the side. In front of the windshield, the mixer has a customized screen with the word “Firecracker,” which is Zirkle's nickname and came to the pink mixer from the one she previously drove.
NEWS
September 28, 2000
Breast cancer - stages As with any cancer, early detection can allow for treatment before the disease spreads beyond the breast. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the more likely a patient is to defeat it. Stage 0 The earliest form of breast cancer is Ductal carcinoma in situ. Cancerous cells are found within a duct but have not spread to the fatty tissue in the breast. Survival rate: 98 percent. Stage 1 Tumors are less than 2 centimeters (3/4 inches)
NEWS
March 10, 2013
The 4-Star Gymnastic Team recently took fifth place after raising $5,800 for Breast Cancer Awareness (Unite For Her) at the Pink Invitational-Gymnasts Unite competition in Philadelphia. The team placed fifth out of 43 teams competing to raise money. 4-Star Gymnasts Genna Chenoweth and Breanna Koopman accepted the award on behalf of the team. 4-Star is in Williamsport.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2013
When Schuster Concrete driver Ginger Zirkle takes her concrete mixer on the road, she is doing her job and raising awareness about something she has spent the past year fighting. Zirkle, who was diagnosed with breast cancer that is now in remission, was presented with a pink mixer truck earlier this month with the words “Breast Cancer Awareness: Help Fight for the Cure” inscribed on the side. In front of the windshield, the mixer has a customized screen with the word “Firecracker,” which is Zirkle's nickname and came to the pink mixer from the one she previously drove.
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NEWS
August 11, 2013
Meritus Health's Make a Difference Breast Cancer Screening Program received two grants recently - $104,569 from Komen Maryland and $60,000 from the Avon Foundation for Women. The funds will help support screening events, including mammograms when indicated, for uninsured and underinsured women. Meritus Health's Make-a-Difference screening events are held up to four times each month at various locations throughout the area in partnership with the John R. Marsh Cancer Center, Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland Valley and the Washington County Health Department's Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.
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July 30, 2013
Members of the Franklin County Cyclists made donations totaling $5,600 to the Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women's Center and the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance following the group's third annual Franklin County Metric Century, held June 22. This was the third annual ride, and the group's third donation to support breast cancer programs in the Franklin County area. More than 160 bicyclists road through Franklin County on routes totaling 12, 18, 42, and 62 miles to benefit the two area breast cancer programs.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 14, 2013
Penny Fraker misses her friend. She misses talking to her every day on the telephone. She misses her loving attitude and graciousness. She misses the woman who made her a better person. Jennifer Kelly died in April of 2008, after a four-year battle with breast cancer. During those years, she willed herself to become a warrior. Instead, she became a statistic, leaving behind her husband, Mike, and two children, as well as hundreds of people whose lives she had touched.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 21, 2013
Selena Doyle received the worst news of her life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer on Sept. 12, 2011. She said she had to undergo grueling chemotherapy at first because the tumors were too big to be operated on right away. Then there was surgery, followed by radiation treatments. “I just sat in the recliner and didn't want to move,” the 46-year-old Boonsboro Middle School teacher said. But on Friday night, Doyle was one of several hundred walkers who participated in the Relay for Life of Southern Washington County at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center to help raise money to find a cure for cancer.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2013
Berkeley County's longest serving elected office holder was honored for 56 years of dedicated public service on Thursday. More than 100 people, including elected officials as well as community and business leaders, gathered to recognize John W. Small Jr., the 79-year-old Berkeley County Clerk, for decades of public service. “I'm very humbled,” Small said about the recognition. A flag and flag pole, erected in front of the historic courthouse, were dedicated in his honor Thursday Martinsburg business owner MaryAnn Ferro and Berkeley County Council member Jim Whitacre purchased the flag and flag pole.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 2, 2013
Douglas Davis said he didn't used to wear suntan lotion or a hat when on the job finding underground utilities for Miss Utility. “I do now,” said the one-year cancer survivor, who had stage-four melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Davis attended Sunday's Celebration of Life picnic, an event for cancer survivors at The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 grounds along Lappans Road. Approximately 1,300 people attended the picnic, which was sponsored by Meritus Health and the John R. Marsh Cancer Center, said Andrea Garnand, event coordinator and a technical supervisor at the cancer center.
LIFESTYLE
May 31, 2013
The McDonald's restaurants in Williamsport and Spring Mills, W.Va., hosted the 16th annual BCA-CV Challenge Golf Tournament on May 20 at Waynesboro (Pa.) Country Club. The event helps raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley, an organization that offers free support for breast-cancer patients in all phases, including diagnosis, treatment, recovery and metastases. This year, 88 players participated in the tournament and raised more than $33,000. One of the prizes in the tournament was a new $40,000 car for anyone who could hit a hole-in-one on the 10th hole at Waynesboro Country Club.
OBITUARIES
May 11, 2013
On May 10, 2013, God called home my best friend at 50 years of age. Janet was a wonderful wife and "best friend" to Doy C. Sneckenberger for more than 30 years. We met one Sunday while she was finishing up her classes at Hagerstown Business College in the fall of 1982. We were married June 15, 1985, at Devil's Backbone Park. That was one of our favorite places to walk and talk about life and make plans for the future. Today, there is no doubt in my mind that she is in paradise with her Lord, Jesus Christ, and setting up a home for us there.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | April 26, 2013
The red, white and blue color scheme newly representing the Hagerstown Suns gave way to a deep shade of purple Friday at Municipal Stadium, where cancer survivors sporting the color took a celebratory lap around the bases before the game. The minor league baseball team hosted the American Cancer Society Relay for Life to honor area cancer survivors at their home game against the Hickory Crawdads. Melissa Wheatcraft, 58, of Hagerstown, was diagnosed with lung cancer, unrelated to tobacco, in June 2011.  About a year ago, doctors told Wheatcraft her cancer was terminal.
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