Family thanks church and community for help with fund raising for child's medical bills


March 11, 1996|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ELKRIDGE RESIDENTS Denise and Charlie Borcherding phoned me March 3 with the exciting news that 20-month-old Christa, who has been in the hospital with leukemia since early November, was coming home last Wednesday.

You may recall that the Borcherdings were caught without health insurance because of a job change.

The bone marrow donated to Christa by her 4-year-old sister, Lauren, in the mid-February surgery was a perfect match. Denise says that Christa and Lauren both have done exceptionally well.

Christa returns to the hospital every three days to get checked and will be secluded until her health rebounds. But her hair is growing back, her color is returning and the intravenous tubes are gone.

Christa still must receive platelets and blood. If you donate platelets, you might inquire about crediting Christa's account at the blood bank.

The family thanks all diners who ate spaghetti at Dorsey Emmanuel United Methodist Church last month.

The event was an huge success, with more than $900 raised to aid this family. Thanks, too, to the many people who have mailed donations to the church.

The medical bills continue to roll in, and the community continues to respond.

Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church will sponsor a benefit country line dance at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday for the family. The church is at 4513 Ridge Ave. in Halethorpe.

Skilled arranger

Lisa Suit of Ellicott City, who owns Willow Manor Gardens, a dried-flower arranging company, was delighted to learn that she had won first prize in her category and best of show in the Plant Marketplace at the recent Maryland Home and Garden Show.

She started the business three years ago by turning her home's storage room into a workroom. She now crafts arrangements for 10 to 12 shows a year and needs another room. This spring she'll install a cutting garden to pick her own flowers for drying.

'Hello, Dolly'

Mount Hebron High School's drama club, with teacher Tom Sankey, will be presenting "Hello, Dolly" March 21-23. This classic tale about a matchmaker will play at 7: 30 p.m. each day.

Seventy-four students are acting in this production, in addition to 50 students helping backstage and in the show band.

Principals include Natalie Johnson as Dolly, Tom Seiler as Horace, Adam Feldman and James Thomas as Cornelius and Barnaby, Sarah Dauber and Amanda Herold as Mrs. Molloy and Minnie Fay, Melissa Cook as Ermengarde, Andrew Cruttenden as Ambrose, Johanna Bell as Ernestina Money and Grant Balint as the judge. Tickets for the play cost $5, and may be purchased at the door. To reserve a seat, call the school at 313-2880.

McKee exhibit in Hampden

The eclectic art of Ellicott City resident James B. McKee will be on display this month at Mud and Metal Gallery, 813 W. 36th St. in Hampden.

Mr. McKee, who received his master's degree in fine arts from Towson State University in 1991, teaches art at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore and at adult education schools.

His works also are on display at the Aaron Gallery in Washington.

Hours at Mud and Metal are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Elkridge to Houston

Martin Niessner Jr., president of Residential Construction Service of Elkridge, was a featured speaker at the builders' show during the National Association of Home Builders convention, held at the Astrodomain complex in Houston.

The invitation to speak resulted from Mr. Niessner's expertise in the remodeling field, his business practices of cultivating a team environment, and his involvement with the Elkridge Area Jaycees, where he was trained in leadership techniques.

His seminar, which he developed with his wife, Beth Niessner, was titled "Team Building Techniques for Builders and Remodelers."

He has been approached about writing a book on the subject to educate the industry.

Preschool enrollment

St. Peter's Episcopal School at St. Peter's Church in Ellicott City invites preschoolers to join its classes for 1996-1997.

The school holds classes for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds; 2- or 3-year-olds may come to class in diapers.

Two-year-olds meet Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning.

Two classes of 3-year-olds meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, one each in the morning and afternoon.

Four-year-olds meet each weekday afternoon.

The church is at Rogers Avenue and Frederick Road.

For information, call Bev Foster at the church office: 465-1333.

Women's health issues

The Miller branch of Howard County public library reports that the second discussion on women's health issues will be held March 20. Health professional Wendy Savoy will discuss "Evaluating Health Information Resources." To register, call Miller Library at 313-1950.

Pub Date: 3/11/96

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