Health Briefs

October 13, 2017

Emergency financial assistance fund for cancer patients announced

Incyte Corp and Cancer Support Community Delaware announced the establishment of the Incyte Cancer Care Assistance Fund for Delaware, which will provide emergency financial assistance for cancer patients, their caregivers and family members living in Delaware.

Through the Incyte Charitable Giving Foundation, Incyte has committed to providing a maximum of $100,000 each year to CSCDE over the next five years, beginning in 2018.

"We are very pleased to announce the creation of the Incyte Cancer Care Assistance Fund for Delaware with Cancer Support Community Delaware, an organization which, like Incyte, is dedicated to supporting patients with cancer and the local community," said Paula Swain, executive vice president of human resources and chair of the Incyte Charitable Giving Foundation.

The fund will be administered by Cancer Support Community Delaware. Additional details about the Incyte Cancer Care Assistance Fund for Delaware will be made available in January 2018.

"Through the establishment of this fund, we aim to address the emergent needs that patients with cancer in Delaware face as they navigate their disease and its impact across all aspects of their lives," said Nicole Topkis Pickles, executive director of Cancer Support Community Delaware. For more information, go to

Local cancer organizations to honor breast cancer survivors Oct. 10

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Cancer Support Community Delaware, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, American Cancer Society and Tunnell Cancer Center of Beebe Healthcare will honor breast cancer survivors in Eastern Sussex at a Pink Ribbon Brunch at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Cancer Support Community facility at 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Suite 312, Rehoboth. Survivors are invited to join one another for a time of celebration. Brunch will be served, and a survivor program will be presented by Karen Barwick. This event is free of charge, but seating is limited. For more information or to register, call 302-645-9150.

Support groups director to speak at myeloma meeting Oct. 21; RSVP by Oct. 14

International Myeloma Foundation Southeast Regional Director of Support Groups Nancy Bruno will speak at the Delaware Multiple Myeloma Networking and Support Group meeting from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at Lavender Fields, Milton. Bruno will update attendees on the latest research by The Black Swan Initiative in the search for a cure. She will also present an overview of the work of the IMF.  RSVP by Saturday, Oct. 14, to or The Delaware Multiple Myeloma Information & Networking Group is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation, the leader in global collaborative myeloma research. For more information, go to

Arm balance workshop set at Dimitra Yoga in Rehoboth Oct. 14

Barbara Darr of Dimitra Yoga will lead Take Flight - An Arm Balance Workshop, from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Dimitra Yoga studio, 43A Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach. This two-hour workshop will focus on a tips and tricks to help yogis add arm balances to their yoga practice. As with many aspects of yoga, the ability to nail arm balances comes with time, patience and practice. Cost is $35. For more information and to register, go to or email

Team registration open for Easterseals walk set Oct. 15

Teams are registering now for the fifth annual Easterseals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore Walk With Me Delmarva event to be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15, at Baywood Greens, Long Neck. It will unite hundreds of Easterseals families and supporters in lower Delaware and along Maryland's Eastern Shore to raise funds for Easterseals services in order to impact the lives of local individuals and families living with disabilities.

"Delmarva's Walk With Me is an opportunity for families, friends, neighbors and colleagues to walk together to support people with disabilities and their families in our local community," said Linda Forte, Walk With Me event coordinator and community relations coordinator. "The event brings the local community together to work for a common goal to give the people we serve more independence through our programs and services."

Fun games, activities, food and great entertainment will also be offered. To register, go to or call 302-253-1100, Ext. 1121, or email

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore offers a range of services including children's therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping, day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, and respite services for caregivers. For more information, call 1-800-677-3800 or go to

Classes on essential oils for family wellness set Oct. 18, 25

Lewes Wellness Center will offer a free class on Essential Oils for Happy, Healthy Kids from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, and Winter Wellness for the Family from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Essential​ ​oils​​ ​​induce​ ​sleep​ ​and relaxation, uplift​ ​bad moods, open​ ​airways​ ​for clearer​ ​breathing​ ​and respiratory​ ​health, soothe aches, support​ ​focus​ ​and mental​ ​clarity, promote digestion, boost​ ​immune function​ ​and​ ​response, and soothe​ ​skin​ ​issues​. Instructors Catherine Pando and Barbara Sandifer will show attendees how to achieve results using a gentle, alternative way for their family members.

The​ ​Lewes​ ​Wellness​ ​Center is at 20268​ ​Plantation​ ​Road, Lewes. For more information or to RSVP, call 302-313-9990​. Drop-ins are welcome.

Detox yoga weekend workshop set Oct. 21-22

Dimitra Kotanides, Dimitra Yoga owner and 500 hour RYT, will lead a two-day detox yoga weekend workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22 at the studio at 17437 Ocean One Plaza in Lewes.. This event is open to all levels and is designed to reboot the body and mind. Cost is $60 before Saturday, Oct. 14, or $70 after. An optional one- or two-day juice cleanse will also be offered at an additional cost. For more information and to register, go to or email

Southern Delaware Heart Walk set Oct. 21

The American Heart Association in Southern Delaware announced the Southern Delaware Heart Walk is set for 8 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown.

Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Southern Delaware Heart Walk creates an environment that's fun and rewarding for anyone who has been affected by heart disease, or supports those affected. The Heart Walk is part of the American Heart Association's Healthy for Good initiative, aimed at encouraging Americans to make even one small change in their behavior to improve health and wellness.

Heart disease is the nation's No.1 killer, claiming nearly a million American lives a year, more than all forms of cancer combined. Stroke is the No. 5 killer and the leading cause of long-term disability in all Americans. The Heart Walk will raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association.

All funds will go toward research and education, and will move AHA toward the 2020 mission goal of reducing cardiovascular deaths and stroke by 20 percent while improving the health of all Americans by 20 percent.

Neil Holzman, founder and president of Mustard Research Ltd. in Rehoboth Beach, serves as chair of the 2017 Southern Delaware Heart Walk.

Sussex County mental health open house set Nov. 4

NAMI Delaware will host an open house from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View. This is an opportunity to learn about available mental health resources in Sussex County for individuals and their families. A panel presentation of resources and discussion regarding mental health concerns will be conducted. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Nonperishable food item donations will be collected for Sussex County’s ACE Center. For more information, call 302-427-0787 or email

Breast cancer peer mentor updates set Nov. 7

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition announced a peer mentor update session for breast cancer survivors will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Rehoboth Beach Museum. The coaltion's peer mentors are trained survivors who provide free one-on-one support and education to those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. This update session is an opportunity for peer mentors to meet one another, to discuss their experiences as peer mentors and to hear the latest information about breast cancer treatment. A medical oncologist from Beebe Healthcare will attend, and a light dinner will be provided. For more information or to register, contact Connie Holdridge at 302-644-6844 or Space is limited.

Early detection of Alzheimer's program set Nov. 13

Lewes Public Library will host Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters presented by Jamie Magee, program coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter, at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 13. The program will present facts about Alzheimer's disease, explain how to get a diagnosis, and stress the importance of early detection. To register, call 800-272-3900 or email by Friday, Nov. 10. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. There are 5.4 million Americans who have Alzheimer's disease, and every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops AD. By age 65, one woman in six will develop AD, while one man in 11 will. Women usually bear the weight of most of the caregiving for this disease, so they are also more at risk for developing stress-related illnesses that accompany caregiving.

Free flu vaccination clinics Mondays at Beebe

Beebe will once again host free flu clinics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the medical center in Lewes every Monday through Nov. 13. Beebe also provides free health screenings, including flu shots, at health events across Sussex County to better serve the community. For a schedule of flu vaccination clinics, go to

Influenza viruses are always changing, so annual vaccination is recommended. Each year, scientists try to match the viruses in the vaccine to those most likely to cause flu that year. Vaccinations will be provided to adults only (18 and over) at the clinics. Parents should contact their children's physician or the Division of Public Health for information about pediatric vaccinations.

Support group for those living with heart failure meets monthly

Beebe Healthcare offers Heart to Heart, a support group for people living with heart failure, at 10 a.m., the second Thursday of each month in the Cardiovascular Conference Room at Beebe’s main campus in downtown Lewes. The group is open to anyone who has heart failure, and their caregivers. Group founder Lynn Toth, DNP, MSN, RN, NP-C, cardiovascular medical specialist at Beebe Healthcare, said many people find support groups useful when coping with the emotional aspects of their condition. "People are comforted with the knowledge that they are not alone in their anxiety," Toth said. "Our support group is a useful source of information for anyone who has heart failure or anyone who is caring for someone with heart failure." For more information, contact Toth at 302-542-6334 or go to

Free health screenings offered at Aquacare Physical Therapy

Aquacare Physical Therapy has four Delaware locations that are offering free health screenings with a licensed physical therapist. Those who may benefit from a screening include people increasing their fitness activity or people with pain that is preventing them from doing the activities they enjoy. For more information or to schedule a free screening, call Aquacare in Lewes, 302-945-0200; Millsboro, 302-945-4250; Millville, 302-539-3110; or Seaford, 302-536-1774; or go to

Free community CPR classes offered monthly

Free community cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes for non-medical members of the community will be offered at 9 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at Beebe medical center in Lewes. The classes include facilitation by a trained volunteer and a small reference book. This is not a full-certification CPR class, and cards are not issued. CPR is carried out when a person's heart stops or fails to supply enough oxygen and blood flow to the tissues of the body.

Studies have shown that if CPR is started within a few minutes, the person has a better chance of survival without serious damage to the brain or other organs. The course teaches adult hands-only CPR, child CPR, infant CPR, automated external defibrillator use and what to do when someone is choking. The course is a combination of video lecture and hands-on practice with manikins - dummies made specifically for medical education.

"This class will teach the basics of CPR, which will allow more residents to know what to do in a situation where a person may be in cardiac arrest," said Phyllis Saunders RN, BSN, clinical educator at Beebe Healthcare. "Knowing the basics and taking action can help save a person's life while emergency responders are on their way."

The two-hour class is free, but reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 302-645-3248 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Healing after the loss of a spouse/life partner group meets third Thursdays in Milford

Delaware Hospice hosts a support group for healing after the loss of a spouse or life partner from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month in Milford. This group provides an opportunity to share loss with others who are going through similar circumstances and learning ways to cope with grief. Delaware Hospice Center is at 100 Patriots Way in Milford. For more information or to register, contact Sondra Satterfield at 302-678-4444 or

Free therapeutic drumming event for adults set second Tuesdays

Drumming for healing purposes has been a practice in indigenous cultures for thousands of years. The body has a divine ability to shift energy when different frequencies present. This assists in healing and an increased sense of overall wellness. All are invited to come and experience this healing modality at a free therapeutic drumming event for adults set from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Lewes Wellness Center. No previous experience is required, just a healthy curiosity and desire to learn. Attendees may bring a drum or rattle. Shared instruments provided. Facilitators are Walle Adams-Gertz, RN, HTCP/1 and Eileen Wilkinson, founder of WELLarts. The address is 20268 Plantation Road, Lewes. For more information, go to

Cape Henlopen Senior Center offers exercise classes

Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach, is offering a variety of exercise classes for seniors 55 and older. Zumba Gold/Toning is on Fridays 9:05 to 10 a.m.; Yoga - Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m.; Tai Chi - Tuesdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and also Fridays, 11:05 a.m. to noon; Sit and Get Fit - Mondays 9 to 10 a.m. and also Fridays - 10:05 to 11 a.m.; Balance and Posture - Tuesdays, 9 to 9:45 a.m.; and Arthritis Exercises - Wednesdays, 9 to 9:45 a.m. Cost for each class is $5. All class instructors are certified.

For more information, call 302-227-2055.

Overeaters Anonymous meets four times each week

Overeaters Anonymous holds local meetings in the Cape Region four times per week. Groups meet from 1 to 2 p.m., every Monday, at Conley's United Methodist Church, 33106 Jolyns Way, Lewes; from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach; from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursdays (Big Book), at Long Neck United Methodist Church, 32051 Long Neck Road, Long Neck; and from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturdays, at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth Beach. For details, call Bonnie at 302-945-2815 or go to

Bayhealth hosts Al-Anon, Alateen

Bayhealth is hosting weekly Al-Anon and Alateen support group meetings at Bayhealth Kent General. The meetings will be at 9:30 a.m., Sundays in the General Foods Conference Rooms at Bayhealth Kent General, 640 S. State St., Dover.

Al-Anon and Alateen are free and open to anybody who has a friend or family member suffering from alcoholism. The group provides fellowship and support, and helps members learn from other members who share similar experiences. Al-Anon and Alateen also provide insight on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to ending alcohol and substance abuse. Alateen focuses on young people ages 13 to 19 who are impacted by a family member's abuse of alcohol. For more information call 866-460-4070 or go to

Chronic pain support group meets second Tuesdays in Lewes

Pain Linx focuses on awareness, education, sharing and support for people with chronic pain. The group meets from 2 to 3 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month at Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes. Rita Williams, MA, CHES, health coach with Beebe Healthcare, will lead the sessions. Call 302-645-3528 for more information.

Grieving the loss of spouse or life partner support group meets second Wednesdays

Delaware Hospice will host a support group for those grieving the loss of a spouse or life partner from 1 to 2:30 p.m., the second Wednesday of every month in Georgetown. This support group offers an opportunity to share and learn helpful ways to cope with grief. Attendees can speak to others who share their sense of loss for an opportunity to find a new source of kinship and support. Education is provided on various topics including coping methods. No registration is required. For more information, ontact Midge DiNatale at 302-856-7717 or

Free rapid HIV tests set in Rehoboth every second and fourth Thursday

CAMP Rehoboth is teaming with the Burton Village Community Center in Rehoboth Beach to offer free rapid HIV testing. The test only takes 15 minutes to get results. Testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every second Thursday and from 1 to 3 p.m. every fourth Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is needed. The Burton Village Community Center is at 37511 Burton Village in Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call CAMP Rehoboth at 302-227-5620.

Next Step bereavement support group meets every first Monday

The Cancer Support Community and Delaware Hospice are collaborating to offer a monthly bereavement group to focus on issues of loss that continue beyond the early stages of grief. The Next Step meets in the Sussex facility of the Cancer Support Community in Rehoboth at 9 a.m. the first Monday of each month. The Sussex facility is at 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Suite 312, Rehoboth. The facilitator is Midge DiNatale, GC-C of Delaware Hospice. To reserve a space and for more information call 302-645-9150 or go to All programs at the Cancer Support Community are offered at no charge to the participants.