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DACOA honors dedicated volunteers The Delaware Association for Children of Alcoholics (DACOA) recognized three outstanding volunteers at the organization's 'qTenth Anniversary Dinner Gala" in Wilming- ton. The honorees were recognized for their work in DACOA's outreach programs. They conducted workshops, provided educational programs in community centers, instituted pre- vention programs in schools and churches, and facilitated numerous self-help groups. "Our nation is only realizing what we at DACOA have always known: an organization is only as strong as its member volunteers. Diane Carroll, Anne Marie Hahn, CADC, and Mary Ann Salicete's efforts define the true spirit of volunteerism," said Sandra Pitts, president of DACOA. Carroll has promoted DACOA's awareness by con- ducting educational seminars at community centers, church- es and preschool centers. Hahn was recognized for her work with the "Children Are People, Toot  workshops. "Children Are People, Too.  is a substance abuse prevention workshop that teaches participants substance abuse prevention tech- niques used to reach children at risk. Salicete was honored for her work as a teen group facilitator at schools for the past five years. DACOA is a non-profit association dedicated to assisting children of alcoholics by promoting public aware- ness and an understanding of their special needs and prob- lems. DACOA provides free literature and makes treatment referrals throughout the state of Delaware. Shown (l-r) are Pitts, Salicete, Carroll and Barbara Ridge, DACOA executive director. Call 856-6477 for more information. Summer Stroll for Epilepsy set June 29 Make plans now to get exercise, and help thousands of Delaware- ans, at the Summer Stroll for Epilepsy on Sunday, June 29 at Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach. Registration for the Stroll begins at 2 p.m, with a start time of 3 p.m. Participants may stroll quickly or at their own leisurely pace around historic, scenic Rehoboth Beach. Participants may stop on the boardwalk to take in the beauti- ful beach scene or grab a delicious water ice to keep refreshed. There will also be refreshments back at Grove Park Pavilion after the stroll Those who take part will get their exercise and help the over 10,000 Delawareans diagnosed with seizure disorders, as all funds raised stay in Delaware to help Delawareans with epilepsy. Research funding is needed to develop new therapies and to one day find a cure. "We would like to use this "event to reduce public misunderstanding about epilepsy," said Debbie Hal- son, a Summer Stroll for Epilepsy coordinator. "Although public acceptance continues to improve, misconceptions and negative atti- tudes are still widespread." For a sponsor form, or for more information, contact Martha Hitchens at 645-2649, or Debbie Holson at 856-4346. Richard F. Caruso, M.D.P.A. is pleased to announce the Association of Dr. Matt Callahan 111 to his practice beginning July 1, 1997 Dr. Callahan received his training at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA. in the areas of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He has received his board certification in Internal Medicine and will be taking his board for Gastroenterology in the fall. Dr. Callahan, along with Dr. Caruso offers services for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive system. These services include but are not limited to: Ulcer Disease Colon Disorders Liver Disease Colo/Rectal Polyps ' Constipation Diarrhea Gallbladder and Pancreas Disease HIV Related Disease Cancer Screenings Appointments can be made starting July 1, 1997 with Dr. Callahart and anytime with Dr. Caruso. Our office is located at 1305 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE. - MEN OVER 40 - Have you asked your doctor about prostate cancer screenings? Please call 645-6698. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 20 - June 26,,1997 - 39 i iiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiii Narcolepsy ZOmbies and voodoo incantations have nothing to do with narcolepsy, even though the sudden, uncontrol- lable urge to nap throughout the day might seem to be an evil curse. Narcolepsy is a physiological disorder of the central nervous system. The first sym atom, excessive daytime sleepiness, may be blamed on insomnia. A frightening number of narcoleplics are unaware of how many times during the day they are asleep and functioning on "automatic pilot" as they drive to work and oerform routine tasks. When the distinctions between sleep and wakefulness become more confused, symptoms progress to halluci- nations and caTaplexy, o sudden Is of muscle strength. Underslandably, sufferers suspect mental illness. 'It narcolepsy there are not jusl rvvo stages, conscious ana unconscious." explains Dr. Michael .4,. Salvatore, medical director of Beebe Medical Center's Sleep Disorders Cenler. "Being awake, asleep or in a dream sleep are nol mutually exclusive." There is no cure for narcolepsy, bul mose "'shorkwired" connections can be returned to gooc working order. nforrnation collected during a daytime slebo sruay and an overnight stay in the Sleep Center orovides a diag- nosis Treatment is a high y individualized combination qf medication and techniques To control work and sleep environments. For more information aboul narcalepsy,'consult your physician or call the Sleep Disorders Cenler a! Beebe Medical Center at 645-3186 andask for our free Sleep Disorders brochure. Beebe Medical Center Steep Lh'sorders Center 424 Savannah Rd., Lewes, DE