PICAYUNE — St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School’s Principal Angela Ingram announced that the school will hold a “St. Charles Walks to defeat” ALS fundraising walk this Friday, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.” The disease is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The diagnosis has no known cure. Ingram says, “We are walking – for those who can't. But, there is one more reason we as a school family would like to include. We have a parent of two of our students who has been recently diagnosed with ALS. We want to show him and all sufferers of this disease our support.” Steven and Gina Ladner’s children Natalie and Noah attend St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School. Their father’s diagnosis in October has sent the family reeling into the unimagined as they have faced the loss of his job and the roller coaster of dealing with good days that can turn into debilitating afternoons. It is a situation of family care giving for a father who is used to providing and has a deep love of the outdoors. “I was always outgoing — fishing, skiing, hunting, horse riding. I had 80 head of cows and had a motor home. Now I depend on my six and eight-year-old kids to take care of me. I am shut up in a house and have never been that kind of person,” says Ladner. “It started in my extremities and my doctors as of October could not agree with my diagnosis. Finally, I lost my job due to illness symptoms. From then on I have done a lot of research. I try out for trials. But it is like winning the lottery to get selected. “I have sold off many things to pay for my stem cell treatments. ... I can go for treatments every three months and it takes three to six months for the stem cells to grow. There is no cure but successful stem cell treatment can delay the inevitable.” With Ladner’s recent diagnosis last October, the school body was alerted and many discovered they also knew someone diagnosed with ALS. For a diagnosis that one time seemed so rare, how is it that more people are now recognized as having been diagnosed with ALS? Ladner says, “I think it takes so long to get diagnosed and people could have died from it without knowing it what was — that they were either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. There are only one out of 100,000 but when you look across the U.S. there are only one in every 300,000 that come down with it. It can come on from anything from hereditary to head trauma. Still no cure, but stem cell research has come along way in the last year.” Ingram says, “Imagine: You're awoken at night with slight twitches in one of your limbs. Your speech begins to slur. You're fatigued by small tasks, and suddenly begin to fall inexplicably. You have trouble picking up papers or even using a pen. You seek medical counsel, but are given no satisfactory answers. That is often just the beginning of the devastating journey of an ALS patient. Within a short time, many patients find themselves wheelchair bound, and trapped inside of a body that can no longer function. “The disease affects the motor neurons in a person's brain and spinal cord. When the motor neurons die, the muscles waste away. Gradually, a person is robbed of the ability to walk, speak, eat, etc. All the while, the mind remains sharp and aware of the total paralysis that is quickly setting in. “Life expectancy is three years for someone with this disease. “Anyone and everyone is invited to come to the school on Friday and walk with us. For a minimum donation of $3, you will be able to participate in the walk. Donations of $25 or more will be recognized by having a poster with the donor's name placed along the fence during the walk. If you can not attend the walk but would like to sponsor a student, please contact the school office. We would love to see many people from our community participate, so please pass this information along to all friends and family. “Also, if someone is unable to participate with the walk, please consider joining the ALS walk being held at Jones Park, in Gulfport, on Saturday, April 20. Check in time is 9 a.m.”
“St. Charles Walks to defeat ALS” this Friday
Picayune Community Spotlight: Picayune Police Department
The Picayune Police Department has had a year of progress in the war on drugs, 911 capability and high visibility which in no small part has been due to focus on goals; cooperation of city officials and community support and departmental commitment— for example, everyone received the Chief’s Award from Police Chief Bryan Dawsey at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
Parker brings Christmas to 95 children
Cathryn Paker has spent all year diligently working on giftboxes for children she will never see. On Thursday, for the fifth consecutive year, she presented those 95 giftboxes for children in need to Christian Care Ministries on behalf of herself and her church, St. Barnabus Anglican Church.
Third annual Christmas on the Rails and Shopping by Candlelight
The Third Annual “Christmas on the Rails” is from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Picayune Main Street’s Shop by Candlelight and Art Works sponsored by Greater Picayune Arts Council (GPAC). Art Works and Shop by Candlelight go on until 9 p.m. Sometime during the evening, the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner of the Best Decorated Store Front contest.
CWC Pilgrimage: A second time around
D.L. and Sandra Barker Bolton invite you to join them for the “second time around” as they open their home for the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Both of them were on the first tour of homes when Civic Woman’s Club started the Pilgrimage in 1986. D.L. and his late wife, Wanda, had a Renaissance Christmas, and Sandra and her late husband, Larry, had a Victorian Christmas.
Business withstands test of time
McDonald Funeral Home, now owned and operated by Steve and Ann
McDonald, is a 96-year-old family run business with several long time
employees and was the recent recipient of the 2013 Excellence in
Business Award from the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce.
Vocability: Did Black Friday make you blue?
The holiday shopping season has begun and in its honor this week’s
column relates to retail terminology.
Anyone who has either had a part-time job or has been known as a
frequent shopper has most likely encountered several of these terms.
Match the ones you know and learn the others because it will give you
a whole perspective on your shopping experience.
As always, the answers are at the bottom of the column.
Partners delivers Presents for Pearl River County
“Our vision was to coordinate with all three county school districts and have students anonymously adopted like the programs used with ‘Angel Tree’ and such,” said Herndon, who is Children's Minister at First Baptist Church in Picayune. “We have two locations for trees that will have ornaments representing children in need. One is at Coast Electric in Picayune and the other is at the Poplarville Courthouse.”
Coast Electric is located at 6375 U.S. 11, in Picayune. The Poplarville Courthouse is located at 200 Highway 26 E, in Poplarville. The trees are conveniently located for access when the facilities are closed.
Toys for Tots registration and drive
Boxes are available in Picayune, Poplarville, Crossroads, Millard, McNeill and Carriere.
In Picayune, a few of the many locations to find them are: Crosby Library, Highland Community Hospital, Picayune Police Department and SPCA. In Poplarville, a few of the many locations to find them are: Jacob’s Well, Chamber of Commerce and Hancock Bank. In Crossroads, a box is located at Crossroad Seafood and Grill. In McNeill, a box is located at McNeill Travel Plaza. In Carriere, boxes can be found at Hide-A-Way Lake and PRC School ROTC.
To sign up, go to WORC from Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec 6, during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. through noon. Those needing further information can call 769-926-1333.
Fred Cruse Foundation again giving away bicycles
All donations can be either dropped off or mailed to Fred’s Westside Pharmacy located at 207 Kirkwood St., Picayune, MS 39466. For more information call Diane Cruse at 601-798-8888.
Angel Tree for children
Trees with angel ornaments to adopt can be found at Wal-Mart and Highland Community Hospital. Those who would like to sponsor a child through Angel Tree, or find out more about it, may call the church at 601-798-6301 or visit the Internet site at www.angeltree.org.
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