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32- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30- June 7, 1997 Cancer Watch Runner seeks help to sponsor child with leul00emia By Kerry Kester Zackary Lare, seven, is a regu- lar visitor at the hospital. When he was in kindergarten, he went every day for a year. In first grade, he went once a week. Now, as a second grader, his hos- pital visiting schedule has dropped to once every two months. Zackary has leukemia. David Tikiob of Union Bridge, Md., lost an uncle to leukemia. Now he's trying to help children like Zackary, and the host of oth- ers across the nation who are stricken with the disease, benefit from research that could lead to a cure for the cancer. Tikiob, 33, is a member of "Team in Training," the Leukemia Society of America's annual marathon fundraising event. When he runs 26.2 miles in Anchorage, Alaska on June 21, he'll be joining approximately 2,000 runners, each of whom will represent one individual stricken with leukemia. Tikiob, however, has not felt strong support from people in the Cape Region. Al- though he needs to raise $3,500 for the project, he has collected only about $1,100. "I never thought it would be that difficult," said Tikiob. "I thought if I fo- cused in on individuals...even if everybody gave a little bit, I'd meet the goal. It's really surpris- ing," he said. Earning the money that could help children like Zackary, he said, is important. Her only child was diagnosed with the disease in 1993, said Jerri Lare, Zackary's mother. "He was getting low iron tests coming back for three months in a row," said Lare. After a battery of tests and a visit to Sinai Hospital .... in Baltimore, the family learned that Zackary had leukemia. "It was totally unexpected," said Lare. "He had never been to the doctor before - for being sick." What Lare said was a plus for her son, though, was that the disease never made Zackary really sick. During the three-year period of his chemotherapy treatments, Za- ckary did experience some side effects from the drugs. He began swelling, and Lare said he devel- oped a voracious appetite. "He was just miserable," said Lare. After a while, however, the side Fitness Tip of tile Week A LITTLE HIGH COULD MEAN HIGHER RISK Get your highs from exercise instead of alcohol. Women who have one to two alcoholic bever- ages a day had a higher risk of de- veloping breast cancer. Submitted by the YMCA of Rehoboth Beach For more information, call 227-8018 effects leveled out and he felt bet- ter. Now, she said, her little boy "is doing excellent." Tikiob chose to participate in the marathon because of an inter- est in blending his interest in run- ning with working for a noble cause. "What affected me was seeing my morn losing a brother," said Tikiob, who was relatively young when his uncle died. "He had three little boys when he passed away." Leukemia is a cancer that affects blood forming tis- sues. The dis- ease develops when imma- ture white TIKIOB cells replace bone marrow, and the immature white cells appear in circulation. Normal red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets can't de- velop as they should. The American Cancer Society (ACS) notes that patients who have leukemia may have the fol- lowing symptoms: fatigue, pale- ness, weight loss, repeated infec- tions, easy bruising, nosebleeds or other hemorrhages. Children account for 2,400 of the 28,300 new cases of leukemia the ACS estimates will be diag- nosed in 1997. Symptoms in chil- dren often develop suddenly, but in adults they may gradually ap- pear. Early detection, as well as ad- vancements in cancer research, have led to improved survival rates. For example, ACS statistics indicate that the five-year relative survival rate for leukemia patients increased from 38 percent in the early 1970s to 57 percent a decade later. For children, it was even higher. In the early 1970s, chil- dren had a 53 percent five-year relative survival rate that had in- creased to 79 percent ten years lat- er. Such strides in diagnosing and treating the disease is what Tikiob hopes to support through his marathon run. Trying to raise the money is not his only obstacle. In addition to writing hundreds of letters and making personal contacts to raise financial support, he must also train for the event. Tikiob runs six days a week. He often trains with a team comprised of others who will also compete in the marathon. Technology has created highly aids. They can even be computer programmed to your present hearing condition. Some models even minimize unwanted sounds. HEARING AID ASSOCIATES 934-1471 Millsboro - 2 miles N. of Rt. 24 on Rt. 30 6 miles S. of Rt. 9 on Rt. 30 Twice weekly, with the team, he participates in a 12- to 14-mile run. Other days, he runs six to eight miles. "As it gets closer, they bump up the team runs by two miles every other week," said Tikiob. Tikiob doesn't regret any of the hours he has committed to the program, although as the days pass, he is beginning to worry that he will not reach his goal by the June 1 deadline. To pledge support, please make checks payable to the Leukemia Society of America and mall them to David Tikiob, c/o Ann Tikiob, 1010 Scarborough Avenue, Re- hoboth Beach, DE 19971. SAVE ',O% MEN'S LADLES' & CHILDREN'S SHOES HRST QUAI/IY lrOOrWAR/r A DISCOUNT Featuring: Sebago Docksides Keds Trotters Sperry Top-Sider Tretorn Etonle New Balance MIA Clarks of England Wigwam Reebok Rockport Grasshoppers Best se/ect/onfrom over 15,000 pa/rs/n stock. Men's sizes: N 9-14. M 6 I/2-14. W 6 1/2-14, WW 8-13. Women's sizes: N 6-10, M 5-11. 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