Sunday, June 02, 2002

Good News: Car wash a group effort

        Kathy Haas of Price Hill is one of 300,000 people in the United States who suffer from scleroderma, a chronic disease that damages blood vessels, skin, muscles, joints and internal organs.

        She has suffered from it since 1997.

        “Nobody knows the cause of scleroderma,” she said. “Like any disease it can be frightening to deal with alone.”

        So she decided not to deal with it alone, and is now the Cincinnati Support Group leader for the Scleroderma Foundation. In recognition of National Scleroderma Awareness Month in June, the local group is having its annual car wash 9 a.m.-4 p.m., June 8 at 5615 Glenway Ave., Price Hill, to raise funds for the foundation. “The car wash is free, but donations to the Scleroderma Foundation are appreciated,” Mrs. Haas said.

        Some 80 percent of the people who get the disease are women, and it usually strikes between ages 25-55. Ninety-five percent of scleroderma cases begin with hands and feet abnormally sensitive to cold.

        Mrs. Haas, 43, had to quit work in 1996 and go on disability.

        “I have to take medicine to help me digest food because the scleroderma has attacked my esophagus,” she said.

        The St. Joseph Orphanage is in desperate need of new or used swimsuits for both boys and girls at its swimming pool in Monfort Heights.

        Kelly Cardullias, recreation coordinator, said they also need goggles and beach towels.

        To make a donation, call 741-5690, ext.2115.

        Senior Services of Northern Kentucky will sponsor a fund-raising walk called “Miles for Meals; A Passport to Safari,” 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., June 8 at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

        Donna Oehler, director of advancement for Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, said families can pick up admission coupons for the walk at any Kroger store. With coupon, the admission fee will be reduced from $11.50 to $6 for adults and from $6 to $4 for children.

        “Funds will be used for our meals-on-wheels, for transporting seniors for medical appointments and for social services, such as protecting seniors from abuse,” Mrs. Oehler said. “We have to continue providing funds for senior services because 20 percent of seniors in Northern Kentucky live at or below the federal guidelines for poverty. That number will probably increase when the baby boomers reach senior status.”

        TANK will provide free transportation from its Buttermilk Pike Park & Ride Facility, two blocks west of I-75,

        Event sponsors are Kroger, Fidelity Investment and WKRC-TV. For information, call 859-491-0522.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.


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