Cape Gazette

Health Briefs

Mar 20, 2015

Beef and brew fundraiser for Delaware Hospice set March 20

Delaware Hospice invites the community to a beef and brew fundraiser from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Friday, March 20, at Georgetown CHEER Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgtown. Guests will enjoy listening and dancing to the live music of The Funsters, catering by Lighthouse Catering, beer sponsored by Banks Wines & Spirits and The Starboard Restaurant, and bidding on some great prizes in the raffles and silent auction. This event is typically sold out each year, so purchase tickets early. No tickets will be sold at the door. Go to

Easter Bunny breakfast at Applebee’s March 21 to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

The Easter Bunny will be visiting the Rehoboth Applebee’s from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, March 21, as part of the annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event. Parents and their children will have a chance to meet and greet the Easter Bunny at the breakfast.

The breakfast includes unlimited pancakes, sausage, juice or fountain soda, served by staff who volunteer their time and talents each year. Along with breakfast, each child is encouraged to bring his or her mom and/or dad to visit with the Easter Bunny and take a picture with a camera or smartphone.

A majority of the proceeds raised will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. ALSF focuses on encouraging and empowering others, especially children, to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer research for treatments and cures. In the 10 years that Applebee’s has been raising funds for ALSF, these regional locations have helped raise a combined $3.2 million in funds. Tickets for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny are $7 per person and can be purchased from any server or bartender.

Bereavement series offered Mondays starting March 23

The Cancer Support Community will collaborate with Delaware Hospice to host a six-week bereavement program, Healing After the Loss of a Loved One, facilitated by Midge DiNatale, MA, GC-C. The group begins at 5 p.m., Monday, March 23. This series is free of charge and open to anyone who has lost a loved one in the past year. The Cancer Support Community is in the Medical Arts Building, 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Suite 312, Rehoboth. Space is limited. Call 302-645-9150 for information and to register.

Lymphedema management is topic March 24

The Cancer Support Community will present Understanding Lymphedema - Past and Present at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the Cancer Support Community facility in Rehoboth. Camilla Carter, physical therapist and lymphedema specialist at Beebe Healthcare, will explore lymphedema management after cancer surgery. The Sussex facility is in Suite 312 of the Medical Arts Building at the Beebe Health Campus, 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth. All programs at CSC are offered to people affected by cancer and their loved ones free of charge. Call 302-645-9150 to register.

St. Jude to host diabetes self-management workshops starting April 1

St. Jude The Apostle Church in Lewes will offer free diabetes self-management workshops from 1:15 to 3:35 p.m., Wednesdays, April 1 through May 6 in the Religious Education Center. This program is being presented by Delaware Health and Social Service Diabetes Prevention and Control. For more information, call Linda Crone at 302-744-1020 or leave a message for Gary Grimanels at 302-424-1473.

Building self-confidence is Delaware Hospice topic April 3

Dr. Judy Pierson will discuss building self-confidence at Delaware Hospice’s free lunch bunch lecture set for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 3. Lunch will be from 12 to 12:30 p.m. and costs $5. Lunch bunch lectures are organized by Delaware Hospice’s Family Support Center to help members of the community reinvest in life and are open to the public. Attendees can learn what is at the root of problems with self-assurance and how it affects their life and health. Leave with strategies for strengthening self-esteem and confidence. Registration is required as seating capacity is limited. Register by Thursday, April 2, by contacting Michele August at 302-746-4503 or emailing

Balance classes for seniors to be held in Georgetown and Milford

Volunteer Delaware 50+, formerly Sussex County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program,  will offer free A Matter of Balance classes in two locations in Sussex County. Eight weeks of classes will meet from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays, April 7 to May 26, at Beebe Rehab Services, 21635 Biden Ave., Georgetown. Eight weeks of classes will meet from 10 a.m. to noon, Fridays, April 10 to May 29, at the Milford Senior Center, 111 Park Ave., Milford.

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage concerns about falling and increase activity levels of older adults. Volunteer trainers will give practical tips to avoid falls, and helpful exercises will be taught. To register now for classes, call 302-856-5815.

Delaware Hospice announces two new hires

Delaware Hospice announces the addition of two new members to its staff. Phyllis Banahene, RN, of Middletown, is a registered nurse. Banahene received her ASN from Montgomery Community College, Md. Her experiences include six years of medical and surgical rotations, five years of psychiatric nursing and 10 years of long-term nursing care. Michele Eder, RN, of Sussex County, is a registered nurse. Eder received her nursing degree from Delaware Technical Community College's Terry Campus, Dover.

Asthma camp set July 11, 12 at Children's Beach House in Lewes

Asthma camp provides an opportunity for children ages 7-11 years old with asthma to learn how to manage the disease in a safe and healthy environment. This year camp will be overnight from Saturday, July 11 to Sunday, July 12 at the Children’s Beach House in Lewes. Transportation is available for campers in Wilmington, Dover and Seaford areas. Contact Nicole Goldsboro, program specialist, at 302-737-6414, Ext. 516 or for more information.

Attack Addiction meets third Wednesday of each month in Lewes

Attack Addiction meets the third Wednesday of each month in Bethel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Lewes. The doors will open at 6:30 for fellowship, with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to this proactive group whose goal is to educate and bring awareness of addiction as a disease, rather than the stigma that is suffered by the person with the disease and their loved ones. There will be a group leader at each meeting for those in need of support, while the remainder of the group works on ways to break through community denial of the existing heroin crisis which affects everyone in many ways.

With education and outreach, this group can make a difference. Meetings will be held the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. This group welcomes all people whose lives have been impacted by addiction. For more information contact Pauline Powell, 302-645-9545, email or go to

Overeaters Anonymous meets four times each week

Overeaters Anonymous holds local meetings in the Cape Region four times per week. Groups meet from 1 to 2 p.m., every Monday, at Conley's United Methodist Church, 33106 Jolyns Way, Lewes; from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach; from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursdays, at Long Neck United Methodist Church, 32051 Long Neck Road, Long Neck; and from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturdays, at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth Beach. For details, call Bonnie at 302-945-2815.

Bayhealth hosts Al-Anon, Alateen

Bayhealth is hosting weekly Al-Anon and Alateen support group meetings at Bayhealth Kent General. The meetings will be at 9:30 a.m., Sundays in the General Foods Conference Rooms at Bayhealth Kent General, 640 S. State St., Dover.

Al-Anon and Alateen are free and open to anybody who has a friend or family member suffering from alcoholism.  The group provides fellowship and support, and helps members learn from other members who share similar experiences.  Al-Anon and Alateen also provide insight on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to ending alcohol and substance abuse.  Alateen focuses on young people ages 13 to 19 who are impacted by a family member’s abuse of alcohol.  For more information call 866-460-4070 or go to

HIV/AIDS support group meets

A support group for HIV/AIDS will meet every other week starting at 7 p.m. in the Branford Lounge at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. It is sponsored by Epworth UMC, CAMP Rehoboth, AIDS Delaware and Delaware HIV Consortium. For more information, contact David at

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