Mount Airy teachers race to raise funds for a cure


October 11, 2002|By Lesa Jansen | Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A GROUP OF teachers at Mount Airy Middle School participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Baltimore during the weekend to raise money to fight breast cancer and try to raise public awareness of the disease.

"It puts money in the hands of people doing research," said Jill Lambert, the school's reading specialist and race participant. "It also brings home the point that no one is really immune from this disease."

This is the fifth time Lambert has participated in the 5K race with 20,000 other runners at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore. Lambert's sister-in-law died in 1996, four years after her breast cancer was diagnosed.

Three other staff members joined Lambert to enter as an informal team. Social studies teacher Ellen Kartisek, reading and language arts teacher Cheryl Rule and crisis intervention counselor Pam Greisler raised $650.

Family and consumer science teacher Louise Lantz organized her classes of eighth-grade pupils to decorate silk roses, which were sold during school lunch periods, raising $150.

"A lot of people at our school have been touched by this disease," said Lambert.

The school's new media specialist, Pam Lichty, is one. She learned she had breast cancer last year and participated in the race this year.

"I'm now cancer-free, and I wanted to be a part of this race to support the next wave of women who are going to have to fight this disease, and I am deeply grateful to the women who went before me," she said.

Lichty spent much of the past year undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

"It's been a long, hard year, but strange as it may sound, it was somewhat of a positive experience, too," she said. "It caused the people who really loved me to come forward with their love and support."

Lichty, who was joined in the race by family and friends, raised nearly $900.

"Being in the race was somewhat of a celebratory experience," she said. "You can imagine how frightened my children were and my husband was a rock when I was diagnosed, but the race said to us, `The treatment is over.' It put a seal of accomplishment on it all."

The 10th annual Race for the Cure in Baltimore raised $1 million.

Winfield open house

Meet local firefighters and see rescue techniques when Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department holds a fire prevention open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the firehouse, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road.

Rescue equipment, such as a 110-foot tower ladder for tall buildings, equipment to rescue victims of car accidents and Gamber Fire Department's rescue boat will be open for public view, said Sean Hall, Winfield firefighter.

Winfield junior firefighters will give information about their program, which is open to ages 12 to 16. Tours of the firehouse will run throughout the day. Firefighters also will conduct free car safety seat inspections.

The fire safety house for young children to learn home fire safety will be open.

Information: 410-795-1333.

Fall cleanup

Mount Airy's fall cleanup is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the town's municipal parking lot.

The event is sponsored by Mount Airy Jaycees with the help of local Boy Scouts. Town residents must show a water bill and identification to drop off their bulk trash or scrap metal as long as space is available in trash bins, said Denise Morgan, Jaycees' member.

Residents can arrange to have large items picked up for a fee.

The Jaycees will not accept batteries, tires, yard waste, paint or hazardous materials. They reserve the right to reject items that are not acceptable to landfills. Separate bins will be at the site to recycle cardboard and scrap metal.

Information or to arrange pickup: 301-829-6328.

Lesa Jansen's Southwest neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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