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40 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 9 - October 15, 1998 Cape Region communit00r rallies for good causes Kerry Kester photos Walk for Diabetes nets $10,000 More than 100 walkers raised $10,000 for the American Dia- betes Association during Walk for Diabetes, held in Lewes Oct. 4, despite rain and wind. According to Don Post, only about 30 percent of those registered for the walk failed to par- ticipate, and several who were not preregistered joined the walk. Those who were registered and have not remitted their donations may send them to American Diabetes Association, 4 Mainsail Drive, Milton, DE 19968. Shown are (l-r) Shannon Farmer; Jason Bonaventure with his pal, J.C.; and Hannah Miller with her pal, Jewel. Trish Vernon photo Milton residents battled the rain to walk for diabetes Sunday, Oct. 4. Umbrellas proved fu- tile, as winds whipped the rain to all directions. Marie Leppo finally gave up on her attempt to stay dry and carried her umbrella over her shoulder. "It's a Mary Poppins thing," said Thomas Leppo of Milton. "Nobody wanted to fly." Shown are (lor) Payton Leppo, 2; Lisa Sta- pleford; Leppo; and Jane Brittingham, all of Milton. MS Bike to the Bay raises $450,000 Bicyclists move toward Route 1 from Airport Road, only a few miles from their Rusty Rud- der goal in Dewey Beach, having left Smyrna earlier that day in the 1998 Patterson-Schwartz MS Bike to the Bay on Saturday, Oct. 3. Over 1,500 cyclists had registered to participate in the 150-mile ride, with Saturday proving uneventful, as the last cyclist rode into Dewey at ap- proximately 6 p.m. However, they awoke on Sunday to wind, rain and unseasonably cool weather for the trek back upstate. Ine brutal weather forced riders and volunteers to focus on the reason this bike tour goes on each year o to raise money for those stricken with the unpredictable and cruel disease of multiple sclerosis," said Susan Kelly, event manager. While some opted to take the courtesy van back part-way through their ride, others, even some afflicted with MS, managed to fin- ish, including a paralyzed man on a hand-powered bike, with at least 500 finishing. Pearl Coleman, a legal secretary from MBNA and grandmother of four, crossed the finish line one hour behind the next-to-last cyclist, to a chorus of cheers. A month ago, she didn't even know how to shift gears and now she has raised $2,400 for the cause. "Her determina- tion and refusal to quit despite exhaustion and freezing wind and rain was a tremendous symbol of what people With MS must fight through daily," Kelly added. Overall, the event raised approximately $450,000 for research and programs for people with MS, 40 percent of the funds staying in Delaware. Jim Cmuon photo Heart Walk raises $70,000 for AHA More than 500 walkers en- tered this year's Heart Walk at Redden State Forest, Sat- urday, Oct. 3, and completed either the 5-K trail or the Golden Mile trail to raise money for the Heart Associa- tion of Delaware. Mark Steiner, chairman of the Heart Association, thanked the many sponsors and volunteers who support- ed the event. A big cheer resounded when Steiner informed the walkers that they had collec- tively raised more than $70,000 in pledges through their efforts. Among the many hardy souls who made the Heart Walk a success this year were scores of Red Caps, former heart patients representing Beebe Medical Center's Heart Care program, and a host of youngsters who walked the course, or pedaled it on their bicycles. Plenty of great chicken was supplied by Townsends Inc. and barbecued to perfection for the walkers and event vol- nnteers. Angle Moon photo Alzheimer's Walk marked with success Approximately 100 people raised approximately $6,000 for the Delaware chapter of the Alzheimer Association during the Memory Walk, held at The Grove Saturday, Oct. 3. Statewide, the event raised nearly $35,000 for the association that uses the funds to help support families affected by Alzheimer's dis- ease. "The weather was beautiful," said Tawnya Cooper, who chaired the Rehoboth Beach walk. The top-earning team, she said, was Long Neck Elmentary School. Memory walk hon- orary chairs were Attorney General Jane Brady and Rep. John Schroeder, D-Lewes, both of whom have had family members stricken with the disease. In front is Beth Carlino of Milford, director of Care Utilization at Nanticoke Health Ser- vices.