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lllllllliL,!!, j +j J,i! It III J+"+'" 'ImllllmU'+ w++lllll l"r ..........  ....... "+ 40 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 17 - October 23, 1997 American Heart Association steps up to fundraising challenge By Rosanne Pack More than 500 walkers put their heart and soul into the effort last weekend in Sussex County as they raised $55,000 by participating in the annual American Heart Asso- ciation (AHA) Heart Walk. The walkers of all ages had a bright day to follow the 5K-course in Redden State Forest. Some were wearing the red hat signify- ing that they are heart disease sur- vivors, some were infants and small children who rolled over the terrain in strollers or wagons. Some set off from the opening rib- bon cutting at a brisk jog. Many wore team shirts. Before the walk started, they were all greeted by the past presi- dent of the Sussex County divi- sion board of directors, Primo Taccafondi, Ed.D., and Milford Mayor Ronnie Rogers, chair of the event. Once Rogers and Presi- dent of Sussex County Council and Honorary Chair Dale Dukes cut the ribbon, they joined the walkers. Ginger Wingard, American Heart Association division man- ager for Sussex County, said that more than $50,000 was turned in the day of the walk, and several hundred more in pledges came in as volunteers completed their col- lections. "This is a record! We have nev- er had this much turned in on the day of the walk," she said. "I am so proud of how everyone has worked on this event." Townsend Inc. led the pledge effort with a $5,000 corporate donation and the company's team of walkers collected more than $6,000 in pledges. The Omni Bank team was the next top pledge collector, with a total con- tribution of $4,200. Wearing his red hat, Rogers said that he was making his first Heart Walk very close to the anniversary of undergoing a heart- bypass operation. "It was in October that I had my problem," he said. "This is my first experience with an event like Hospil Germicidal Test OUR SPECIAL INTRODUCTION OFFER SAVE S100 Getting to the heart of the matter in Sussex County, (l- r) Dale Dukes, president of Sussex County Council and honorary chairperson of the Heart Walk, joins Milford Mayor Ronnie Rogers, chair- person of the walk, as they greet participants. this since I found out what it's like first hand. "I am a witness to the impor- tance of research and education, and I know how much the Ameri- can Heart Association does." Several Milford City Council members and city residents sup- ported their mayor and joined in the walk. Sussex County Council President Dale Dukes was hon- orary chair of the walk and he said that he challenged other county council members to join him; council member Finley Jones accepted the challenge and walked with the volunteers. Walkers were treated to a barbe- cue chicken dinner after the walk, and musical entertainment was provided by After Midnight Pro- ductions. Wingard said that this is the fourth year that After Midnight owner and DJ David Drandorff has donated his services for after- walk entertainment. Included in the major sponsors of the Heart Walk are Delaware Pork Producers Association, Bank of New York-DE, DUPONT MERCK, L.D. Caulk & MERCK, Townsend Inc., Phillips Signs, Cardiology Consultants P.A., Greenwood Trust, duPont Hospi- tal for Children and ZENECA Pharmaceuticals. For information on AHA pro- grams and activities or to schedule a speaker, call 856-7386. Rosanne Pack photos Here they come, the American Heart Association annual Heart Walk opens with some enthusiastic volunteers setting a brisk pace through Redden Forest State Park. There they go, bringing up the end of the line of more than 500 Heart Walk participants, friends and families stroll off into the morning stillness of Redden Forest. ASSOCIATES IN MEDICINE, P.A. is pleased to announce the association of KEVIN P. S. WALLACE, M.D. Dr. Wallace is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He trained in Scotland and England, and at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he was Chief Medical Resident. Also welcoming October 1,1997 RENATA B. DIDYK, M.D. Dr. Didyk comes to us from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is Internal Medicine trained with a subspecialty in Endocrinology (diabetes, thyroid, osteoporosis and other glandular disorders). Dr. Wallace and Dr. Didyk will be seeing patients in conjunction with Nancy A. Union, M.D. and Sue Isaacs, PA-C 645-6644 " 119 W. Third Street, Lewes, DE Hours Monday-Friday by Appointment Now Also Accepting Aetna Principal Health Care AmeriHealth Now Available On Delmarva .;ource. 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