Sunday, August 8, 2004

Boys organize local ALS walk

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Two boys from West Chester decided to help raise money for the local ALS foundation soon after their mother was diagnosed in May with the fatal illness more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Paul Carey, 13, and his brother, Christian Carey, 11, have passed out fliers, talked to friends on their hockey teams and sent mass e-mails to get people to come to the Walk to D'feet ALS at Winton Woods on Sept. 19.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) does not have a cure, and the boys' mother, Lorri, said normal life expectancy after being diagnosed is usually two to five years.

Nearly 250 people have met the Carey brothers' request, coming from as far as California to walk with the boys and their parents next month.

The brothers also asked participants for donations to fund research for a cure, and are setting their sights at raising $10,000. So far they have $8,000, all from donations ranging from $2 to $1,000, the boys said.

Lorri said the hardest part of being diagnosed was telling her children, but their efforts organizing the walk have helped the boys learn about the disease and made the family more comfortable discussing the subject, she said.

The boys named their project Kids 4 Cure, and are ordering balloons with the name for the walk. At the end of the walk, participants holding the balloons will let them go at the same time, Lorri said.

To participate in the walk at Winton Woods or to donate money, contact the family via e-mail at or call 759-4902.

FAITH MATTERS: Churches focus on health

BOND HILL - One local organization and several churches are making an effort next weekend to show the connection between faith and health.

More than 10 churches will join Saving African American Families to host "With His Stripes" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind Zion Global Ministries in Jordan Crossing, 7030 Reading Road, Bond Hill.

"I hope people take away a sense that there is a connection between our faith and our health," said Jimmie Walker, executive director of Saving African American Families. "We realize there's a lot of information out there about how to take care of our health, and we want to share that. There are a lot of things in the secular world to help us with that."

The name of the event is taken from the Bible, Isaiah 53:5: "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him: and with his stripes, we are healed."

In addition to presentations and information from health agencies, such as the American Cancer Society and doctors who deal with diabetes, heart disease and sickle-cell anemia, there will be a healing service from 2-4 p.m. with music.

"So many in our community are underserved or uninformed, and we're trying to change that," Walker said. "This is about blending faith and health and the power of prayer."

The event is free and open to the public.

NEW GRADUATES: With honors

These students have graduated from their college or university:

Kyle Verrett earned a bachelor's degree in electronic media production, cum laude, from Ashland University and was presented with the Outstanding Senior Electronic Media Production Communication Arts Department award. She also received the Ashland women's basketball Heart & Soul award for excellence.

The Ursuline Academy graduate is the daughter of Rebecca and Dennis Verrett of Sycamore Township. She will attend the University of Akron Graduate School of Communication.

David Schrider graduated magna cum laude from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City, and will enter its graduate program.

The Wyoming High School graduate is the son of Ruth and John Schrider of Wyoming.

Diana Lynn Brown received a bachelor's in speech pathology and audiology, magna cum laude, from Miami University and was awarded a graduate assistantship.

The Seton High School graduate is the daughter of Mary Jo and Anthony Brown of Delhi.

Amanda Williams earned a bachelor's degree in management, cum laude, from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, New Orleans. The Sycamore High School graduate will work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Atlanta.

Alison Marie Diebold received a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in communications, magna cum laude from the University of Louisville.

The daughter of Mary and Richard Diebold of Erlanger also was elected to the University's Woodcock Society, Phi Kappa Phi National All-University Honor Society, and Pi Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Society.

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