Clarksville school raises $15,000 to fight rare diseaseThe...

Howard Noteworthy

May 07, 1998

Clarksville school raises $15,000 to fight rare disease

The St. Louis School in Clarksville raised more than $15,000 to fight primary pulmonary hypertension, a rare and serious disease afflicting a fifth-grader there, a spokeswoman said.

In March, students collected pledges for shooting basketballs or jumping rope during their gym classes. The event was inspired by 10-year-old Cristin Gildea's struggle with the disease, which requires her to have medicine pumped into her bloodstream 24 hours a day. PPH restricts blood flow to the lungs.

Tax-deductible donations, payable to the PPH Cure Foundation, should be sent to the foundation, c/o Donna Gildea, 5155 Harpers Farm Road, Columbia 21044.

Information: 410-465-6781.

Expanded farmers' market opens Tuesday at Dobbin

The newly expanded farmers' market at Dobbin Center will open Tuesday, and be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. through November.

Organizers say that because of its recent merger with the Oakland Mills market, Dobbin's market will have more vendors selling produce, plants, baked goods, honey and homemade items.

Information: 410-313-6500.

Invention idea wins award for 4 Elkridge students

Four Elkridge students have won an international science award for an invention idea that would use a wristwatch-sized device to measure vital signs.

Bobby Albin, Nirav Parekh, Chris Perks and Andrew White of Mayfield Woods Middle School made up of 12 winning teams from among more than 5,000 entrants in the United States and Canada. The results were announced Monday.

Each student will receive $5,000 in U.S. savings bonds from the Toshiba Corp., sponsor of the ExploraVision contest that is administered by the National Science Teachers Association in Arlington, Va.

In an emergency, MedWatch would transmit a person's vital signs to a doctor or hospital.

Pub Date: 5/07/98

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