North Country Hospital,As an oncologist at the Oncology and Hematology Clinic at North Country Hospital in Newport, Les Lockridge MD knows all too well the impact cancer has on patients, their families, and the community. So when about 600 people took part in this year’s Relay for Life in Newport on June 25 and 26 his heart was warmed by the region’s dedication to battling cancer.The event, which included 60 teams, raised almost $160,000, beating out last year’s $143,000.Les Lockridge M.D. and Evelyn Page, a cancer survivor, were two of the several hundred people who attended this year’s relay for life.‘Anytime you have the community rally to fight cancer that is a good thing,’ Dr Lockridge said. ‘A portion of the money goes toward cancer research and remainder goes towards helping patients cover expenses not covered by health insurance.‘At Relay we celebrate the lives of survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back so that one day no one hears the words, “You have Cancer”. The Fight Back Ceremony itself is designed to keep people thinking about the ways they can fight back the other 364 days a year,’ explained Dr. Lockridge. ‘Wearing sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and getting pre-screening treatments like mammograms, colonoscopies, and pap tests are all ways we can be pro-active in our fight against cancer.’For a number of years North Country Hospital’s Oncology and Hematology Clinic has sponsored the Fight Back Ceremony at the relay. This is appropriate since the clinic has been helping patients fight cancer for over 20 years.While nobody wants to get the news they have cancer, Dr. Lockridge said a growing number of people are surviving it.”The future is undeniably bright for cancer care,’ he said. ‘We’ve made so much progress in the way of non-chemo/non-toxic therapeutics and supportive care (anti-nausea drugs, blood growth factors, etc.) that the face of oncology has changed dramatically from even ten years ago. Treatment is much gentler, our understanding of side effects is greater now, and oncology is still the fastest developing field in medicine. As far as outcomes, cancer is more curable and much more manageable. Myeloma, for instance, is now more like diabetes in terms of being something you live with rather than die from.’
Canaan, In. — Recently, Canaan Cougar Jeremiah Lengerich competed in the NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) Eastern National Competition. Thousands of students competed with only the top 100 in each category advancing to the World Competition. Lengerich scored 277/300! Lengerich score ranked him 977 out of 7837 Overall Boys and ranked him 43 out of 2229 Elementary Division Boys. Additionally, the 277/300 score ranked him 38 out of 1359 Grade 5 Boys. Lengerich shared, “One arrow at a time pays off.”Jeremiah Lengerich will now take aim at the NASP World Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee this July. The Cougar Archers are coached by Jay Mullins and Lara Dempler. Coach Dempler stated, “Jeremiah is determined and focused. He sets goals and he tries to reach them. We are very proud of him working so hard to go to World.” The NASP Worlds is expected to draw 5000 youth to compete. The format for the world tournament is the same as the state and national qualifiers. Lengerich will get five practice arrows, followed by 15 scored arrows. Archers will use the same Genesis bows and Easton arrows customarily used at all NASP tournaments focusing the competition on skill, not who can afford the best equipment. The archers will also shoot “bare-bow” style: without accessories such as sights, stabilizers, and release aids.Canaan Archers excel on and off the court demonstrating their dedication to academics and archery. Canaan Community Academy will honor 61% of the team during the spring awards ceremony for being named Academic Archers by NASP. Their C.A.O., Rhonda Pennington shared, “We are very proud of each archer and especially proud of Lengerich; the Canaan family and community will be wishing him a strong shot during the NASP Worlds.