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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 14 - July 20, 2000 - 41 HEALTH & FITNESS Beebe FunFest raises funds for Women's Imaging Center By Rosanne Pack Music, magic and lots of munchies, combined with perfect Cape Region weather on July 8, made the first-ever Beebe Funest a success in the eyes of the dozens of volunteers who organized it and the hundreds of visitors who attended. The funfest was sponsored by the 114-member Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary. By the time all money from different booths and activities is collected and some bills paid, auxiliary members esti- mate that the funfest will provide $4,000 for the Beebe Women's Imaging Pavilion scheduled to be built on Route 24. With most of the action set on the front lawn of Beebe Medical Center, the clowns, moonbounce and balloons were very visible to all passersby. Music provided by Art Curley, Three Hits and a Miss, and Bill Earl floated out over Savannah Road along with the tempting fragrance of hot dogs and fresh popcorn. Friends and family members of hospital staff came and stayed into the afternoon and some who were vacationing in the area fol- lowed the signs and sounds into the midst of the fest. Many Cape Region families took advantage of a low-cost event that had fea- tures for the entire family. Each year, the auxiliary con- ducts fundraisers to benefit the hospital, assists in public events and uses funds for health-related scholarships. However, this was the first time the auxiliary planned and carried out such a full-scale public event. Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and of the event, Erna Steinbruck said the atmosphere on the hospital grounds last Saturday reminded her of community festivals from her childhood. "It was so nice that the hospital could do this kind of community thing," Steinbruck said. "There aren't that many things that the whole family can do together. It was just fun for everyone, and it's nice that we could make a little money for the hospital." She said those who worked on the festival seemed to enjoy it as much as the visitors. Steinbruck and other auxiliary members praised the Cape Region community for the support that they feel made the fun festa suc- cess. Contributions came from more than 100 community busi- nesses and individuals. Donations included a variety of food and drinks, silent auction items and cash. "We are delighted," said Florence Wingate, treasurer of the auxiliary. "For a first-time event, the turn-out has been wonderful. The community support, all the volunteers who have worked so hard to make this happen, every- thing just came together for us." Baked goods were literally a hot item at the fun fest. Auxiliary member Gloria Dill said fresh- from-the-oven goods began to sell as soon as they arrived, starting at 7:30 a.m., hours before the festi- val opened. There were used books, arts and crafts, a variety of music and a silent auction to attract the atten- tion of adults. Activities aimed at children were offered until early afternoon. A crowd of clowns, Continued on page 43 Rosanne Pack photos Displaying the Cancer Survivors' Quilt at the Beebe Fun Fest are (l-r) Phyllis White, Nancy Honeck, Marian Heacock, Eva Fleming and Gwen Fisher. The quilt contains 103 squares that date from 1961 through 2000, all celebrating the names of cancer survivors. Created to give cancer patients hope and encouragement, the completed quilt is to be displayed in the Tunnell Cancer Center. Fleming and Fisher served as co-chairs of the arts and crafts booth for the fun fest. At left, EHzabeth Birezansky, 2 1/2, shows off a popular kitty countenance after her visit to the face painting booth at the Beebe Medical Center Fun Fest July 8. She and her mother, Dawn Birezansky, joined hundreds of Cape Region residents as they enjoyed the event spon- sored by the Beebe Hospital Auxiliary. At right, as the clock ticks off the final few seconds of the Beebe Fun Fest silent auction, committee chairman Pat Riordan checks the bid lists on items that include art, jewelry and gift certificates. The auction raised more than $1,800; the total amount that the auxiliary's fun fest raised for the new Women's Imaging Center is approximately $4,000. Many bladder problems are solved easily Bladder control problem, usual- ly termed urinary incontinence, affects 15 percent to 30 percent of ambulating elderly people. It is more common in women and has a profound implication in both social and medical areas. The affliction causes social iso- lation, worry and embarrassment. When it is severe, it can lead to skin maceration - softening and breakdown of skin - and con- tribute to pressure sores. Many people never bother to talk to their doctor about their bladder control problems. They think to themselves, "There's nothing I can do about it," or "it's just something I have to live with at my age," or they simply feel too uncomfortable to bring it up. Bladder control problems are not normal in adults of any age. Seventeen million Americans, men and women of all ages, suffer from this common problem. The normal mechanism of blad- der control is that every time you eat and drink, your body absorbs liquids. The kidneys filter out waste products from the body flu- ids and make urine, which is stored in the urinary bladder. When the bladder is full, nerves in the bladder signal the brain, and that's when the urge to go to the bathroom is presented. Once you reach the toilet, your brain sends a message to the large bladder mus- cles to squeeze or contract. At the same time, it tells the sphincter muscles that surround your urethra to relax and let the urine through. Bladder control means you only urinate when you want to. Dr. K.T. Mohan Recognizing the problem Urinary incontinence can be classified as urge, stress, overflow and functional incontinence. In urge incontinence, also called overactive bladder as the name suggests, the bladder is too active. You may feel a sudden urge to go to the bathroom, even if your bladder has little urine. Often the urge to urinate is so strong, you may worry about hav- ing an accident. People who have this condition frequently go to urinate more often in a 24-hour period and get up in the night two or more times to urinate. In men, a similar com- plaint may be from prostate enlargement. Stress incontinence occurs when the muscles of bladder sup- port are weak. Even small stress- es like coughing, sneezing, exer- cising, lifting or laughing can cause escape or leakage of urine. Mixed symptoms are fairly common, and it is not unusual for someone to have symptoms of both overactive/urge and stress incontinence. A urinary tract infection can also cause frequency of urine, similar to urge sensation. How to get help Since each of these bladder con- trol problems is a medical condi- tion, you should discuss treatment options with your doctor. In postmenopausal women, sometimes a trial of estrogen cream applied to the vagina may strengthen bladder muscle sup- port. Kegels exercise - pelvic muscle exercise - can also strengthen pelvic muscles to alleviate the symptoms. Medications are often used which will relax bladder muscles to calm this urge. Surgery to strengthen the blad- der base is also available. HEALTH TOPICS Dr. IL T. Mohan is a primary care physician with a back- ground in internal medicine. He may be reached at 537- 1100.