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PAGE Wednesday, March 28,2D12 Spirit 0f JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Compassion lecture: Anyone may attend a free lecture Thursday at Shepherd University that is part of the daylong "Diversity and Cultural Compe- tence: Create and Cultivate with Courage and Com- passion" seminar Beverly Malone, chief executive officer of the Na- tional League for Nursing, will present the keynote address at 11 ann. at the Butcher Center. Malone is a leader in the national conversation about the nursing and nurse educator shortage, and the role of nursing in ensuring access to safe, qual- ity, culturally competent care to diverse patient pop- ulations, domestically and globally. This professional development opportunity is sup- ported by a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Zumba news: A new Zumba class starts in Shepherdstown Monday, and April also will bring a pair of Zumbathons to Martinsburg. Liliana Robeson will lead Zumba sessions at Asbury Church, 4257 Kearneysville Pike, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Mondays. A monthly pass is available with classes costing $5 per week or anyone may pay $7 for an individual class. For more details, call 304-876-3112 or email zum- ba.lilianarobeson @ gmail .com. A Zumbathon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 105 W. John St will help send at-risk youngsters t camp this summer. A donation of $5 is suggested for adults and any- one 12 and younger can Zumba for free. For details, contact Sara Koontz at 304-263-0603. West Virginia University Hospitals-East will sponsor a Zumbathon April 21 to benefit the March of Dimes. Held in the parking lot of The Wellness Center on the City Hospital campus from 9 a.m. until noon, the event is open to the public, and all ages are welcome. Each partici- pant is asked to donate $10. All proceeds will be donated to the March for Babies. For details, call The Wellness Center at 304-264-1232 or emai! Free running clinics: Runners, whether novice or experienced, can get tips during free monthly running clinics at City Hospital'sWellness Cen- ter in Martinsburg. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, a na- tionally ranked distance runner and a family phy- sician based in Harpers Ferry, will conduct the monthly clinics for runners of all levels on the first Friday of every month. The clinics will fo- cus on promoting proper form, preventing in- juries and improving performance. Cucuzzella also is the founder and organizer of autumn Free- dom's Run and the spring Two Rivers Heritage Half Marathon. A 4 p.m. clinic will focus on sta- Kim Watson, sported the tiara she wears throughout a half-marathon to benefit A-T research for niece Libby Vieson, along with her hard-earned Donald Duck Medal Watson gave the medal to her niece after the race and said it was "the best moment of the event." Kim Watson was not too busy to help niece, who suffers from a degenerative disease KATHERINE COmB Because A-T is a rare, "orphan" disease, Special to theSpirit very little research data is available on pharmaceutical therapies. The first signs of CHARLES TOWN--With three active the disease usually appear during the sec- sons, a husband, a challenging job and mul- end year of life. tiple volunteer gigs, Kim Watson is a wom- A-T patients usually die from respirato- an on the go. ry failure or cancer by their teens or early And yet, she has given every ounce she twenties. A few A-T patients live into their can to helping her niece, who is slowly dy- forties, but they are extremely rare. ing from a rare, incurable disease. Watson said Libby has already experi- Liberty "Libby" Ray Viesofi, 8, lives in enced a myriad of problems. Ohio with Watson's sister, Stephanie. Since "A-T is a slow process where things grad- her first year, Libby has experienced a num- ually erode. Libby's immune system is al- ber of physical difficulties. Two years ago, most nothing so she's sick a lot," Watson a doctor diagnosed her with ataxia-telangi- said. ectasia, an inherited progressive, degenera- Colds last longer and are more serious. tive disease that affects a variety of body Meanwhile, Libby is slowly losing her abil- systems, ity to walk and now has a motorized wheel- "She was misdiagnosed from age one be- chair. cause the disease presents so many ways," "Her eyesight is fading," Watson said. Watson said. "We were relieved to know "She started having seizures, and when it what it was, but very sad because we also was determined it was likely from a brain understood the prognosis." tumor, they decided to remove it. That was ~pldemiologlsts estimate the trequency further complicated by Libby being too un- of A-T at 1 in 40,000 births. But it is be- derweight for the surgery, and in order for lieved that many children with A-T, par- her to ~ain weight, they had to install a per- ticularly those who die at a young age, are manent feeding tube in her belly." never properly diagnosed. Therefore, this Watson said she comes from a large and disease may actually be much more com- supportive family. Most of them live in men. Ohio and show UP whenever and however The condition is characterized by the they are needed to help with Libby's care. degeneration of the cerebellum, gradually Despite her own schedule, Watson also leading to a general lack of muscle control, makes time to be there for her niece dur- Soon after, tiny red spider veins can appear ing Critical' moments. She flew tO Ohio for in the comers of the eyes or on the surface Libby's brain surgery last October. She will of the ears and cheeks when exposed to be at Disneyworld on March 29 when the sunlight. About 70 percent of children with Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Libby's A-T suffer from recurrent respiratory in- wish to be a princess at a royal ball and fections, which in many cases, can become dance with a prince. life-threatening. She also has done A-T fundraising events Children with A-T tend to suffer also to aid research efforts. from lymphoma and leukemia. See CURE Page C7 41' See IDEAS Page C7:: CommunityJF CommunityJF Communi ,l+;4 CommunityJF Communibj.:.i .sf,CommunityX Dedication ceremony: Theman Services, artist Roxanne Day at the Martinsburg Mall on watersheds of Jefferson Coun- Shields, Boy Scout Jacob Ku- Foxcroft Avenue happens l0 a.m. ty will be in the spotlight Sat- bik, Jefferson Security Bank, to 3 p.m. Saturday. A joint pro- urday during a dedication cere- the Shepherdstown Community duction of Operation Tadpole mony at Morgan's Grove Park Club, the city of Charles Town, and RESA 8, the free event of- in S.hepherdstown; State Sen. Jefferson County Parks and fers a variety of fun activities for Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, will Recreation, the Episcopal dim children to highlight the impor- oversee the event, which begins cese of West VLrginia and oth- tance of early childhood develop at l0 azn. The ceremony will ers. For details, contact Mary ment. For more information, con- formally recognize those who Sell at or tact Jane Lynch at 304-267-3595 helped create and place water- go to the Jefferson County Wa- or jelynch@access& shed signs in the county, includ- ter Advisory Committee's web- ing the Jefferson County Com- site at www.jcwac,org. Candidates forums: The non-par- missioners, the West Virginia tisan League of Women Voters of Deparlment of Health and Hu- Children's Day: Children's Jefferson County will host a pair of candidate forums next week ahead of the May 8 primary. The first hap- pens at 7 pan.Monday atthe Lions Center, 308 S. George St Charles Town. That forum will include those running for school board, county commission and sheriff. 5.bruit a. L a9 for You,if or a Lo, d One! Another forum, at 7 p.m. ~It the Shepherdstown Community Club's War Memorial Building 4r - on the Potomac - SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV (304) 876-2551 will focus on the races for the open to the public. Legislature, prosecuting attor- If you have questions regarding ney and magistrate. Organizers the forums, contact Joan Ergin say candidates will speak and ( or Tina take questions from the audi- Bums ( ence. The forums are free and See NOTES Page C6 Fresh Oregon Morels Famous Crab Cakes -Ham stuffed w/Crab Mousse Chicken w/Tarragon West Virginia Trout -Vegetarian Lasagne Filet Mignon of Beef Lamb Stew Lobster Bisque Many other items Homemade Desserts Children's Menu Availa Hearing screenings are just as IMPORTANT as your regular health screenings. [ Because we at Audiology Hearing Care Services care, we are sponsoring our ~U e~~ Annual"GiveTheGif~OfHeQring'Es~YContest. [ RESTAUI~NT i::~~l Enter to receive a FREE PAIR OF DIGITAL HEARING AIDS for your Open 7 Days "i!~l nominee and help them HEAR the finer sounds in li re, a Week/ iii~l Here'sHow D0wnt0wn Chatl' l .J Choo~ the person yon want to nominate: This can be anyone you think we PLAN YOUR. may be able to help to improve their hearing such as a :family member, friend, neighbor, teacher or vourselfl Write a 100-200 word essay about the importance of hearing and speech and how hearing loss has affected the every day life of the person you are nominating. Include name, address, email and phone number <)fthe person (with their pennission of course) you are nomi~aating ~ yourself. Check your calendar for our set screening dates! April 23rd, 27th and 30th (due to an overwhehning response, we have blocked these days q~ly,for the contest) ~d:op in one ot: our 2 offices toda9 or visit: our websit:e at w audiolo&gheadnEor t:or t:he official ent~ ~orm. Ap.6[. !~,ZO1 ! ist:he deadline ~or all nominat:ion~! I~AUDIoLOGY HEARING ~CARE "~IISERVICES 1316 Rock Cliff Drive Martlnsburg, WV. 25401 304-264-8884 ~I Willow Spring .Drive Charles" Town, WE 25414 304- 728-6 763 Sponsored by Audiok~gy Hearing Care "Sound Advice and Services and,C~tHng Services s'inee I996" THE SP.IRIT O.F JEFFERSON Major Credit Cards Accepted I