Sunday, September 14, 2003

Good Things Happening


PregnancyCare offers options

Name: PregnancyCare of Cincinnati.

History: Founded in 1984 by Candace Gafton in Clifton; Diane Abernathy, Kathy Maxwell and Leah Ann Crussell in North College Hill; Marian Cotton in Sharonville.

Where: 108 William Howard Taft Road, Clifton; 1608 Sundale Ave., North College Hill; 11449 Lebanon Road, Sharonville.

Mission: "Our mission is to strengthen families by serving those with pregnancy-related concerns, promoting sexual abstinence for unmarried persons and caring for those who have experienced abortion," said Sue Brown, executive director.

What others say: Tiffany Smith, a client. "What I have been experiencing at PregnancyCare is very helpful to me. The programs that I have been in at the PregnancyCare Center are: "Earn While You Learn," and "My Baby and Me."

Smith said she was in a parenting class which lasts 12 weeks.

"All this has helped me, my boyfriend and my mother to get closer together by expressing ourselves to each other," Smith said.


SOME GOOD NEWS

Helping children

Children who have heart surgery at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Heart Center leave with more than a mending heart.

They leave with comfort and a sign that even strangers care about them - a blanket - through the Heartfelt Blankets Project.

The program started when organizers of the Blue Ash Airport Days, who have made contributions to the hospital for years, looked for something specific to donate funds to, said Cheryl Popp, the event's coordinator.

"We felt like all their medical needs are being met, and we were looking for something meaningful to help them on a different level," Popp said. "We were surprised with how much the blankets meant to the families."

She began quilting and made 50 blankets. Then the grandmother of one of the recipients learned about it and got her quilting group involved. Now there are more than 500 quilts, designed for boys and girls, babies and teens, and volunteers all over the Midwest.

To become involved in the Heartfelt Blankets Project, contact Patient Advocate Wendy Long through Children's at 636-4200.

Here's to your health

Wendell Walker would like you to show love for your loved ones by taking them to a doctor. He is spreading that love among his health-care co-workers.

Walker, director of the West End Health Center, is joining with James Black of Neighborhood HealthCare; Marian Crenshaw of the Winton Hills Medical & Health Center; Dolores Lindsay, Lincoln Health Connection, Judith Warren, Health Foundation; former Cincinnati Mayor Dwight Tillery, Health Alliance; Debbie Anderson, Cincinnati Health Department, and Sally Stewart, Crossroads Health Center, to promote "Take a Loved One to the Doctor" Day, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the West End Health Center, 1413 Linn St.

"If you or a loved one is in need of medical care and without a doctor, here is an opportunity to establish a necessary and vital relationship for assuring good health," Walker said.

For information, call 621-2727, ext. 225.


ACADEMIC ALL-STARS

4H scholarship

Lebanon High School graduate Allison Brinkman was awarded the Warren County 4H Carteens Scholarship and a Lebanon Rotary Scholarship. A National Honor Society and French National Honor Society member, she was also named a Harmon Scholar-Athlete for four years.

She was a volunteer counselor for 4H Warren County Camp and Little Miami Camps and donated more than 800 hours of community service to Warren County in the past four years.

Allison, the daughter of Cheri and Ed Brinkman of Lebanon, will attend Ohio State University this fall.

Miami dean's list

These students have been named to the second semester dean's list at Miami University:

Sophomore political science major Josh Vogt. The Anderson High School graduate is the son of Cathy and Joe Vogt of Anderson Township.

William B. Felix III, a freshman attending the Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration. The Bethel-Tate High School graduate is the son of Karen and William Felix of Bethel.

Honors graduate

Jeff Kersting, who was named to the dean's list every quarter, has graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's in industrial engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He has accepted a scholarship to attend UC's Law School in the fall.

The Elder High School graduate is the son of Karen and Gary Kersting of Delhi Township.

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