Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Pink Ribbon Girls honor memories with donations

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

In honor of two members who died of breast cancer last year, members of Pink Ribbon Girls are donating $7,500 to the Greater Cincinnati Breast Cancer Registry and Cancer Family Care.

Pink Ribbon members provide support, education and outreach for young women with breast cancer.

Beth Davis, the group's membership chairman, said the organization wanted to do something meaningful to honor the memories of Jennifer O'Neil and Cindy Sovinsky.

"We thought it was important to support UC's breast cancer registry because of its vital role in future research so that one day we can find a cure,'' Davis said. "We also wanted to support Cancer Family Care because it has served as an important support system for Tristate cancer patients for 30 years.''

Much of the money will be used to help Drs. Susan Pinney and Katie Brown, epidemiologists in the UC Medical Center's Department of Environmental Health, establish the Greater Cincinnati Breast Cancer Registry.

The registry will be used as a data resource for future breast cancer studies, as well as a source for recruitment of study participants.

Students' artwork chosen

Hailey Hushak, 7, a second-grader from Anderson Township, and Jake Bourgraf, 12, a sixth-grader from Maineville, have plenty to smile about.

The artwork of the two Springer School students has been chosen to run on the cover of the Journal of Learning Disabilities.

The magazine is described as a multidisciplinary, international publication that presents work and comments related to learning disabilities.

Kim LaChance, development coordinator at the school, said the artwork of Jake and Hailey was selected among 80 entries - the most ever submitted.

"Only three entries were chosen for 2004,'' LaChance said. "Each will appear on two covers.''

Health course for teens

TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion is starting an obesity course for teenagers who are struggling with weight problems to teach them about nutrition and help them get in better shape.

The program, which begins March 8, will feature such things as cardiovascular activities, strength training and flexibility and exercise tips.

There will be education on the healthiest fast-food choices and information on vitamins and supplements, sport drinks and power bars.

The courses will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Mondays from March 8-29 and 10-11 a.m. on Saturdays from March 13-April 3.

The program is called Teens in Training and is for ages 13 and older.

For information, call Tom Fisher 985-6711.

State trooper of the year

BATAVIA - A veteran Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper from the Batavia post was recently named state trooper of the year.

Trooper Brian K. Welling received the honor at the department's annual award luncheon Feb. 13. He was selected from 10 district winners.

He has been assigned to the Batavia post since 1998 when he joined the patrol. He was post trooper of the year in 2001 and received a certificate of recognition in 2002.

"Brian is a leader. He has a very strong work ethic," patrol Sgt. Kevin Long said. "Brian is a role model for others."

Welling lives in Batavia with his wife, Robin, and their son Harrison.

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