Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

May 07, 2006

Lung Association to sponsor walk

The American Lung Association of Maryland Inc. is sponsoring the Harford County Asthma Walk today at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.

The event is a noncompetitive 5K walk for all ages. Participate as an individual or form a team. Refreshments and snacks will be available.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

There is no registration fee. Proceeds from sponsorships and pledges will support the American Lung Association of Maryland. Prizes will go to participants who collect $100 or more in pledges.

Corporate sponsorship packages are available.

Information: 410-560-2120, ext. 233.

County plans clinics for pet vaccinations

The Harford County Health Department will hold its annual Rabies Vaccination Clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at various locations.

The cost will be $5 per animal. Dogs must be on a leash. Cats and ferrets should be in a pet carrier or box with air holes. No other animals are allowed.

A vaccination certificate will be provided as the necessary proof of vaccination for dog licensing in Maryland.

Clinics will be held at:

Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, Route 7 and Mountain Road.

Darlington Volunteer Fire Company, 1209 Castleton Road.

Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Company, Rogers and Franklin streets.

Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, 3825 Federal Hill Road.

Information: 443-643-0300.

Baby shower set for Harford Mall

Upper Chesapeake Health will hold its biannual Harford County Baby Shower from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Harford Mall.

Vendors for parents and babies will offer baby support group information and products like personalized clothing and specialty cloth diapers.

UCH and the Family Birthplace also will hold a maternity fashion show with fashions for spring and summer.

Family Birthplace educators and nurses will hand out information on prenatal health and wellness, post-delivery health for mother and baby, breastfeeding and child safety.

Information: 443-643-4200.

CPR class planned for professionals

Upper Chesapeake Health is offering a CPR class for health care providers from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 17 at Harford Memorial Hospital.

This class follows the American Heart Association standards. The cost is $35, cash or check only. Registration is required.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Arc to promote Foster Care Month

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region will join the Child Welfare League of America, as well as government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation, in promoting May as Treatment Foster Care Month.

The goal of the campaign is to spread awareness to recruit and retain foster and adoptive parents as well as ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of our nation's waiting children.

There are approximately 518,000 children in foster care, more than 125,000 of whom are waiting for permanent families. Approximately 20,000 "age out" of the system each year without ever being adopted.

The Arc's Treatment Foster Care Program helps children with special needs in Harford and Cecil counties who are waiting for foster homes find families prepared to provide them with opportunities to reach their full potential.

The program works as a team with the foster parents, biological parents, Department of Social Services staff and other professionals to produce the best possible outcome for the child.

Throughout May, the Arc will be in the community encouraging families to become foster or adoptive parents.

Information: 410-879-6785, ext. 402.

Bel Air woman is honored for service

Bel Air native Catherine Barham Campbell has been selected as the 2006 Humanitarian of the Year by the University of Maryland Alumni Association.

Campbell founded Wish Upon a Cure, the David P. Campbell Foundation for Pediatric Mitochondrial Disease Research, a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness for this group of devastating children's diseases.

Campbell was selected because of her accomplishments in fighting pediatric mitochondrial disease. The Wish Upon a Cure Foundation has issued more than $35,000 in research grants since its inception in 2002 and, last year, established the nation's first clinical Fellowship in Mitochondrial Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in La Jolla, Calif.

Campbell established Wish Upon A Cure after her son, David, died of a mitochondrial disease at age 3 in 2001.

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