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April 29, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A first-of-a-kind prostate cancer treatment that uses the body's immune system to fight the disease received federal approval Thursday, offering an important alternative to more intensive treatments like chemotherapy. Dendreon Corp.'s Provenge vaccine trains the immune system to fight tumors. It's called a "vaccine" even though it treats disease rather than prevents it. Doctors have been trying to develop such a therapy for decades, and Provenge is the first to win approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
April 12, 2013
The Pegasus Ride for Cancer is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Pegasus Radio Control Airplane Club on Old Forge Road in Hagerstown. This is a self-paced organized motorcycle ride. The route is a little more than 60 miles long through the mountains of central Maryland and south central Pennsylvania. Registration costs $10 per driver and $5 per rider, and includes lunch and a "show. " For more information, contact Rick Marquiss at 301-331-7025 or .
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | May 22, 2012
A Martinsburg man is accused of faking having terminal cancer after a benefit for him raised more than $4,200, according to court documents. Steven Lee Mohn, 38, of Opal Court, was arraigned Tuesday on one count of false pretenses by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow, according to court documents. The benefit, a Poker Run featuring live music, free food, games, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes, raised $4,260 in contributions, records stated. The event was held May 6 at Shipwrecked Bar & Grill near Martinsburg, according to the business' website.
July 7, 2009
The Performers of Hope will present a concert titled "A Night to Remember" at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kepler Theater on the campus of Hagerstown Community College. The concert benefits the family of Josh Forsythe, a 15-year-old student at Williamsport High School who has a rare form of cancer. Tickets cost $7 for adults, $5 for those older than 10 and free for those 10 and younger. HCC students will be admitted free.
by ANDREA ROWLAND | September 30, 2002 Darrell Kepler, an award-winning editor at The Herald-Mail, died at his Hagerstown home Saturday after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 53. "You couldn't not like Darrell," said his wife, Deb. "With Darrell, what you saw is what you got. He had a very refreshing, simple outlook on life that was grounded in the important things and was not cluttered with pettiness and things that don't matter in the end. " Kepler "asked very little of life," Deb said.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | January 29, 2011
Jessica is 6 years old and her prognosis so far is good. Brandon is 10 and his is questionable. Timmy was 2 1/2 and he didn't make it. Cancer rears its ugly head among children. Holly Sweeney is Jessica's mom. On Saturday, she held another fundraiser for Timmy's Fund, this time hoping to raise $10,000 at a rock, paper and scissors competition at the Extreme Sportsplex in the Berkeley Plaza Shopping Center. Timmy's Fund was started by Timmy Quigley's dad, Joe Quigley. The money it raises goes to West Virginia families who have a child with cancer.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 9, 2007
Hundreds of people outlasted a lightning storm Friday night for a chance to take on one of the nation's top killers - cancer. A soaking rain forced Relay for Life participants to huddle in their vehicles at Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park for at least an hour. But when the storm let up, volunteers and participants emerged and began catching up on the many hours of activities that lay ahead. Relay for Life, held in communities around the world, is an overnight walk to raise money for cancer research.
October 15, 2008
Patty Austin, left, and Gwen Austin share a laugh Tuesday with their mother-in-law and cancer survivor, Glenda Austin, right, at a Celebration of Life Survivors' Party at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown.
by DON AINES | September 2, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Family and friends will gather a week from now to celebrate the life of a Smithsburg boy who this week died after a 9-month fight with cancer. Ian Rhys Rogers died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore of a highly malignant form of brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme, just three weeks past his seventh birthday. "He was a very spiritual, God-loving, nature-loving boy who had a lot of friends," his father, Jeff Rogers, said Friday. Many of those friends, some of whom Ian and his family never met, have contributed to Operation Ian to help pay for medical care and other costs beyond what the family's health insurance covered, Rogers said.
August 31, 2013
Thumbs up to Schuster Concrete, which spent nearly $10,000 to custom-paint a concrete mixer pink to raise breast cancer awareness. The truck is driven by Ginger Zirkle, who was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in August 2012 that now is in remission. Zirkle, who was driving back from a delivery when she first saw the mixer, was moved to tears by the gesture. Thumbs up to Katie Marshall of Keedysville, who road a bicycle from Baltimore to Seattle - covering 4,423 miles in 70 days - to help bring awareness to cancer.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | 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.
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | | August 25, 2013
When Katie Marshall of Keedysville heads back to classes Aug. 26 at Salisbury University, she'll have one amazing what-I-did-over-summer-break story. Marshall, 22, who is a senior, took part in 4K for Cancer's Ride Across America in which she bicycled from Baltimore to Seattle -  a 70-day 4,423-mile trip -  to help bring awareness to cancer. According to the organization's website,, 4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Its mission is “dedicated to empowering young adults in uniting communities across the country in the fight against cancer through community service and support.” Marshall, a 2009 Boonsboro High School graduate, was part of one of four teams.
August 20, 2013
Barbara Ann Caton, 54, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at her home after a battle with cancer. A memorial service will be Thursday at 6 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va.
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.
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.
By MARIE GILBERT | | 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.
Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | July 10, 2013
The American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3, otherwise known as CPS-3, is about to begin. CPS-3 is the third study using volunteers who donate a small blood sample, then fill out a questionnaire regarding changes in their health and lifestyle over a period of years. If at any time a participant develops cancer, his or her blood sample is used in research, helping the society determine causes and preconditions.  The goal of the society is to register 300,000 people nation-wide.  Today is an opportunity to participate.
By MARIE GILBERT | | June 30, 2013
There are three words in the English vocabulary that no one wants to hear:  You have cancer. It's a diagnosis that can bring shock, fear, physical challenges and emotional upheaval - affecting every aspect of your existence. It's a no-nonsense disease that doesn't play fair, picking fights with young and old, male and female, rearing its ugly head when you least expect it. But what if there was a superhero who could knock out cancer, crushing it from ever harming another life?
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | | June 15, 2013
Joe Hartt spent 13 years of his life flying missionaries and supplies in and out of the jungles of Zaire as a bush pilot. On Saturday, Hartt, 58, of State Line, Pa., stayed in touch with his interest in aircraft on the decidedly tamer landscape of a field off Old Forge Road in Hagerstown. The Pegasus Radio Control Airplane Club hosted a show there to benefit the John R. Marsh Cancer Center. Hartt said that, ironically, he first became familiar with radio control - or RC - aircraft while in Zaire, which is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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