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By Andy Bridges and Andy Bridges,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2003
The Muscular Dystrophy Association has named Laurie Russell of Glyndon this year's winner of the Maryland Personal Achievement Award for her continuous efforts to raise awareness of Lou Gehrig's disease. Russell, 57, has lived with the disease - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - for three years. She has been active in the fight to find a cure since being diagnosed, participating in fund raising and "friend-raising," which involves informing people about the disease, and serving on the board at the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at the Johns Hopkins University.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2010
William Dean Westerlund, who overcame a muscular disability to run a digital slide-show business, died April 14 at Howard County General Hospital. For the past 26 years, the Ellicott City resident had muscular dystrophy, and he died of complications from the disease. He was 31. "He had courage," said his mother, Linda Barrack of Dickerson. "Most everything he wanted to do, he accomplished. He made his mark on the world." Born in Washington and raised in Damascus and Ellicott City, he was 5 years old when doctors diagnosed him with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and told his parents he might not live past age 13. By 9, he needed a manual wheelchair to move around in. "As Bill got older, he slowly started losing many of his physical abilities, but his mind remained sharp and witty," said his sister, Justine Westerlund of Ellicott City.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun reporter | November 14, 2007
Michael James McCurdy, a former owner of several 7-Eleven convenience stores who participated in charity and community events, died of mesothelioma Saturday at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. The Kingsville resident was 58. Mr. McCurdy was born in Baltimore and raised on Brendan Avenue. After graduating from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in 1968, he worked as an oil burner repairman. In 1969, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the carrier USS Intrepid until his discharge in 1973.
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April 17, 2009
W. Va. man sentenced in crash death A 23-year-old West Virginia man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in jail and five years of unsupervised probation for his role in a head-on crash in Woodbine that killed a Mount Airy man last summer. Joel Nathan Wareham, convicted of vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol, apologized to the family of Milton Bowens Sr. and said he accepted responsibility for the man's death Aug. 14. The accident occurred on a stretch of Route 144 when Wareham's car, which was clocked at between 85 mph and 90 mph, slammed into a van driven by Bowens, killing him and injuring two others.
NEWS
May 23, 2003
Mabel Virginia Godzik, a retired executive in the state's Muscular Dystrophy Association, died of heart failure Monday at her Towson home. She was 79. Born Mabel Virginia Bafford in Baltimore, she was raised and attended school on Broomes Island in Calvert County. In the late 1950s, she operated a Govans pizza shop, Martino's, with her husband of 61 years, James Martin Godzik. He later became an insurance salesman, and about the same time Mrs. Godzik began working in a clerical position for Muscular Dystrophy Association of Maryland, then also in Govans.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown | October 31, 1999
A gastronomic journey at the Center Club's Fifth Annual Casino Gala raised $20,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Summer Camp Campaign.Some 208 guests began their "Evening on the Riviera" by diving into Mediterranean seafood antipasto spread in one room and continuing on their epicurean excursion with sushi, pasta, carved beef and dessert stations set out in others.As if that wasn't enough, at midnight, breakfast was served.Getting their fill at this food fest: event co-chairs Dr. Mark J. Gloth and Theresa G. Giardina; Calvin Hargett Jr., president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Maryland-Southern Delaware Executive Committee; Annie Kennedy and Katie McGuire, camp co-directors; Michele Dressman, camp nurse; Julie Mercer, Young Members' Committee chair; Lark Pfleegor, designer with Patrick Sutton Associates; Al Reid, president of Rapid Response Inc.; and Jack Marks, president of John Marks Associates Advertising.
NEWS
November 8, 2003
On November 6, 2003, C. ELIZABETH WENZING (nee King), devoted mother of Kurt, Jr., Margaret Leith Clinton, Melissa Weyant and Catherine Wenzing. Also survived by five grandchhildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial Services 4 P.M. on Sunday from MYERS-DURBORAW FUNERAL HOME, 91 Willis St., Westminster. Visitation 2 to 4, 7 to 9 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home. Contributions to Muscular Dystrophy, 8501 LaSalle Rd, Suite 106, Baltimore, MD 21286.
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By Robert Lee and Robert Lee,Staff writer | May 10, 1991
This could be the last dance for the Anne Arundel County CBers Fighting Muscular Dystrophy.The officers of the club say if ticket sales don't pick up for their annual fund-raising dance tonight at the Stoney Creek Democratic Club, this will be the end of the 10-year-old tradition -- and maybe the end of the club."
NEWS
January 27, 2004
On January 25, 2004 DORIS (nee Mitzel, Sherrill); beloved wife of Ralph V. Mitzel and the devoted mother of Carolyn S. Landers, Freelove S. Sommers, Vivian R. Mitzel and Joan L. Smith, as well as seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. In addition, loving sister to of three, Harry, Melville and Lee Mitzel. Private Services were held in Crestview, Florida. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mount Vernon Methodist Church, W. 33rd St., Hampden, Baltimore, MD of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon #45, Parkville, MD. (Muscular Dystrophy)
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November 8, 2005
On November 5, 2005, JAMES GORDON SNYDER of Sykesville, beloved son of the late Gordon C. and Maude E. Snyder; loving father of Eric and Stanley Snyder and dear brother of Carolyn Yowaiski and her husband, Stan and the late Meta Ann Snyder. He is also survived by several grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 2 P.M. at Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Mary's City, MD. Those desiring may make memorial donations to Muscular Dystrophy or to a hospice of your choice in his memory.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | October 29, 2008
Joel David "Jody" Myerberg, who as head of the Maryland Disabilities Forum worked to safeguard the rights of disabled Marylanders, died Monday at Sinai Hospital of complications from a stroke. The Pikesville resident was 62. "For almost 40 years, Joel Myerberg had been an important and powerful advocate for Marylanders with disabilities.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun reporter | November 14, 2007
Michael James McCurdy, a former owner of several 7-Eleven convenience stores who participated in charity and community events, died of mesothelioma Saturday at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. The Kingsville resident was 58. Mr. McCurdy was born in Baltimore and raised on Brendan Avenue. After graduating from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in 1968, he worked as an oil burner repairman. In 1969, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the carrier USS Intrepid until his discharge in 1973.
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By Marcia Cephus | August 26, 2007
The Coast Guard, Sector Baltimore, has awarded Annapolis-based Watermark Cruises its Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections Award to honor the company's safety record over the five-year inspection cycle on the Annapolitan II. The award is given to recognize those whose vessels can go five years without any deficiencies. Watermark operates 11 inspected passenger vessels. Golf tourney raises $23,000 for MDA The Muscular Dystrophy Association raised nearly $23,000 for Jerry's Kids during the 19th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association, Sleep Inn and Comfort Inn Open golf tournament.
NEWS
August 22, 2007
County is upgrading its plan on government actions in emergencies County officials unveiled yesterday an updated plan for ways the government would respond to emergencies, including a planned $57 million replacement of the county's emergency communications network. The government conducted a yearlong review of the county's Emergency Operations Plan, which guides county officials on how to respond to all types of hazards, including any natural and man-made disasters, said Ellen Kobler, a county government spokeswoman.
NEWS
August 10, 2007
Walter Q. "Nick" Nicholas, a retired electrical engineer who enjoyed helping family and friends with home improvements, died Monday of complications from muscular dystrophy at his Fallston home. He was 73. Mr. Nicholas was born and raised in Baltimore. He was a 1952 graduate of City College and the next year went to work as an electrical helper at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Penwood Power Station at Sparrows Point. He served in the Army from 1956 until 1958, when he returned to Sparrows Point.
NEWS
May 27, 2007
The rent on the small brick rowhouse on Cecil Avenue was $60 a month, and Deneen Thomas couldn't afford it. Nonetheless, she took in family members and friends who had nowhere else to go - because how could she turn them away? She was a single mother working a part-time job at night, struggling on her own, helping others who couldn't make it on their own. And but for the fire that ripped through the rowhouse last week, killing five of Ms. Thomas' family members and an unrelated child, the constellation of her life would have remained unknown outside their small East Baltimore universe.
NEWS
October 4, 2000
The student: William Moriarty, 16 School: Glenelg High School Special achievement: Participated in the first Maryland Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities sponsored by the state at Bowie State University. In the forum, participants with disabilities learned advocacy skills and set individual goals to help the community. William, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, was chosen to participate based on the strength of essays in which he described his leadership capabilities and long-term community service objective.
NEWS
June 28, 2004
A FUNERAL will be held today for Mattie Stepanek, who died Tuesday of complications from mitochondrial myopathy, a rare form of muscular dystrophy. The 13-year-old Maryland boy rose to international prominence as a best-selling poet and an advocate for peace and for awareness of muscular dystrophy. The following is from Journey Through Heartsongs, one of his five books of poetry. On Being a Champion A champion is a winner, A hero ... Someone who never gives up Even though the going gets rough.
NEWS
By Stephen Kiehl, Doug Donovan and Abigail Tucker and Stephen Kiehl, Doug Donovan and Abigail Tucker,Sun reporters | May 24, 2007
Davonte Witherspoon had made it out alive onto the Cecil Avenue sidewalk, free of the fire ravaging his brick-front rowhouse. That's when the 13-year- old boy, standing amid thick smoke and underneath flames that licked the morning sky, remembered who was still inside. "My brother!" he said, according to a witness. "My nephew!" Davonte had to go back in. Later this would not be surprising to anyone who knew the family. Davonte's brother, Tashon Thomas, 16, had muscular dystrophy and was in a wheelchair.
NEWS
By E.A. Torriero and E.A. Torriero,Chicago Tribune | September 3, 2006
LAS VEGAS -- For 40 years, comedian Jerry Lewis and his muscular dystrophy telethon have been as much a part of Labor Day weekend as the start of school and the symbolic end of summer. Now at 80, and taking 25 pills a day for his failing health, Lewis is approaching his curtain calls dogged by activists who contend that the show is designed to evoke pity rather than empower the disabled. Led by a former muscular dystrophy poster boy from Chicago, the activists scored what they call their "big triumph" last November as protesters in wheelchairs ambushed Lewis in an appearance at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago.
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