calendar_2015_blogSunday & Monday, September 6 & 7, 2015: Howard County Library System Will Be CLOSED in Observance of Labor Day. 

Tuesday, September 8, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Elkridge Branch. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Well & Wise event.

Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 p.m. I’m Going to Be a Big Brother or Sister at Miller Branch. Prepare for the arrival of a baby in this class for new siblings. Enjoy stories, activities, and bring a favorite doll or stuffed animal to practice holding your baby. Resources for parents, too. Families; 30 – 45 min. Ticket required. Well & Wise event. In partnership with Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Thursday, September 10, 6:00 p.m. Babysitting 101 at East Columbia Branch. Learn the essentials of babysitting with a University of Maryland Extension instructor. Participants receive a certificate (must attend all three sessions): Sep 10, 17 & 24. Well & Wise event. Ages 13 & up. If you would like a reminder for this class, please provide an email address. Register online or by calling 410-313-7700.

Thursday, September 10, 7:00 p.m. Sustainability and Happiness at Central Branch. Dr. Sabrina Fu teaches science and environmental management at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and is a master watershed steward in Howard County. She conducts a conversation about what makes us happy, what happiness studies have shown, and the overlap between working toward sustainability and happiness. Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410-313-7800.

Monday/Wednesday, Sept. 14-Nov. 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m.-Noon. $64. Fitness Fun for Seniors is for those 60 and older. Exercise to music at your own pace for fitness, flexibility and fun. Class includes stretching and low-impact exercise. Held in the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center.

Monday, Sept. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Healthy Eating on the Go! Join us for a discussion on eating healthy in a fast-paced world. Learn how the new food label can help you make better choices when dining out and how you can prepare healthy, low-cost lunches at home. The seminar is in the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center.

 

 


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Monday, August 31, 10:30 a.m.calendar_2015_blog & 11:15 a.m. Tae Kwon Do: Mommy & Me at Miller Branch. Mommy and child participate in a fun-filled activity, led by instructors from Sykesville Tae Kwon Do, while developing movement awareness, motor skills, balance, coordination, flexibility, and agility. Wear athletic shoes, and loose fitting pants or shorts. Well & Wise event. Ages 2-3 with adult; 30 min. Registration and a signed release form is required. Register online or by calling 410-313-1950. 10:30 a.m. Registration & Release Form Download | 11:15 a.m. Registration & Release Form Download

Thursday, Sept. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., $15. Pre-Diabetes: our certified diabetes educator will teach you how to make changes to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes in this class held in the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center.

Monday, Sept. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Healthy Eating on the Go! A discussion on eating healthy in a fast-paced world. Learn how the new food label can help you make better choices when dining out and how to prepare healthy lunches for $5 a day. The seminar is in the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center.


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I have decided to participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer to honor my grandfather, Angelo Incorvia Jr. who fought lung cancer for several years.

My grandfather was part of the highly respected Greatest Generation. Similar to many of his generation, he honorably served his country in World War II. He was so compelled to enlist that he found a creative way to circumvent the minimum age requirement and hearing screening to gain acceptance in the Army and ultimately served for three years in Europe.

I consider myself extremely lucky to have had such a close relationship with my grandfather. He was an integral part of my childhood and as a young adult I considered him my best friend. My fondest memories were Sunday dinners at his home, which consisted of an over-the-top Italian meal cooked by my grandmother and sitting on his front porch listening to his war stories. My grandfather was extremely modest, generous, had a great sense of humor and always seemed to know when someone needed a little extra love and attention. He had a profound impact on my personal development and I always strive to lead my life in a way that would make him proud.

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Ryan Brown, VP of Operations at Howard County General Hospital, is biking in the 150-mile Ride to Conquer Cancer next month in honor of his grandfather Angelo Incorvia, Jr. (above), a World War II veteran and integral part of Ryan’s childhood. Click here to support Ryan and Ride to Conquer Cancer, which benefits Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and Howard County General Hospital.

Family was most important to my grandfather, which was evident by the fact that his home was always full with children, siblings, cousins and friends. It was a meeting place for all and so many joyous holidays were celebrated under his roof. Later in life my grandfather grew quite fond of gardening and, in particular, his coveted tomatoes. Every time I enjoy a tomato I smile and think of him.

It was extremely difficult to watch someone I idolized develop cancer. My grandfather fought cancer for several years and, unfortunately, it metastasized and he lost his battle on May 5, 2004. The entire time he battled cancer he always found opportunities to introduce a little humor into situations to lighten everyone’s spirits. Typical of my grandfather – placing everyone’s feelings above his.

A 150-mile bike ride is certainly an overwhelming endeavor. However, I jumped at the opportunity to participate to honor my grandfather and raise funds that may help reach a cure for this disease.

Ryan Brown is vice president of Operations at Howard County General Hospital (HCGH). He and hospital President Steve Snelgrove are leading HCGH’s team in the two-day, 150-mile Ride to Conquer Cancer, a bike ride benefiting the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and HCGH.

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calendar_2015_blogMonday, August 24, 11:00 a.m. My Friend the Firefighter at Miller Branch. Meet local firefighters and see a fire truck. Families; 30 – 45 min. Ticket required. Limited space; tickets available at Children’s Desk 15 minutes before class.

Wednesday, August 26, 7:00 p.m. Food for Thought Book Discussion on Pam Anderson at Glenwood Branch. Borrow a cookbook from HCLS by the chef of the evening, prepare a few recipes at home, then discuss your experiences. Refreshments. Register online or by calling 410-313-5577.

Thursday, August 27, 7:00 p.m. 75 Years Ago…A Year in the Life of a Howard County Resident at Miller Branch. Take a stroll back in time to 1940 when Howard County boasted about 500 farms, Rt. 29 was a country lane, and Howard County Library System first opened its doors. Learn about our community’s past with vivid pictures and descriptions presented by John and Virginia Frank, directors of the Living Farm Heritage Museum. In partnership with Living Farm Heritage Museum and Howard County Historical Society. Register online or by calling 410-313-1950.


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calendar_2015_blogMonday, August 17, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Glenwood Branch. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Well & Wise event.

Monday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. Doc McStuffins’ School of Medicine at Glenwood Branch. Explore being a doctor through stories, songs, and activities. Bring your favorite stuffed animal or toy for a special check-up. Well & Wise event. Ages 3 & up; 45 min. Register online or by calling 410-313-5577. Also happening Tuesday, August 18, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 19, 12:00 p.m. Anatomy Part 2 at Savage Branch. Discover the gross anatomy of the human body. Learn about five body systems that allow us function. Body systems to be discussed include: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, and Reproductive. Register for all five sessions. Registration required. Ages 11-18. Register online or by calling 410-313-0760.


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I Ride for My Family, My Patients, and Because I Can

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Leslie Rogers, director of Howard County General Hospital’s Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center, supported her mother during her mother’s cancer surgery and recovery. Here, Leslie poses with her mother as they both try on her mother’s wigs. Leslie is raising funds in the Ride to Conquer Cancer in honor of her family members and patients who have been diagnosed with the disease.

I was excited when I heard about the Ride to Conquer Cancer, so I went to an in-service here at Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) to learn more. I’m always up for a new adventure, but this one is somehow different. Raising money for cancer services has always been close to my heart, but this came with an incredible physical challenge as well. What’s two days on a bike compared to months—even years—of cancer treatment?

I have been a certified oncology social worker for years, and I am also currently the director of HCGH’s Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center. I have had the privilege of working with many patients and families in cancer treatment. I do not proclaim to be an expert on life, but I do know that people are resilient. I have been blessed to have worked with hundreds of people in a very intimate and professional capacity, during a very difficult period in their lives. I have watched them get through things they never thought they could! Whether it was hair loss, leave from their job, talking with their children, or even experiencing the death of a loved one, I have watched people surprise themselves every day. People are amazing.

I have always said that cancer is an equal opportunity offender. It doesn’t care where you work, if you are male or female, young or old, black or white. I have been humbled by those who have died. I am inspired by those who live with their diagnosis every day without hope for a cure, and I am hopeful for those who have heard the words, “no evidence of disease,” after months of treatment. I have sat with people who question their own mortality, question what they might have done wrong, and with families who wonder how they will make it through. I have learned many life lessons along the way, which help me to hug my family a little closer, laugh a little louder and sweat a little less about the little things.

On a more personal note, I have learned that cancer doesn’t have to define people. I sat with my mom after her surgery. I changed her dressings. I watched her and my kids giggle and play with her wigs. I even watched her bury her father in her wig, when cancer had to take a backseat to life. Since then, my mom has learned to ride a bike, swim, get a personal trainer and still be my mom, asking me, “Are you getting enough sleep? Are you taking care of yourself?” Moms worry about their kids at all ages.

I watched my dad’s ear get reconstructed with grafted tissue harvested from his thigh. I watch him rub a special chemotherapy cream on his skin to contain the many cancer cells on his face. I listen to him grumble about having to go to his dermatologist on a monthly basis for skin examinations, claiming, “She is just making up excuses to see me naked.”  Other than that, he is still my Dad. He fixes things around my house when he comes to visit.

I ride for many reasons. I ride for those who would love to ride but can’t. I ride for those who have been through so much. I ride because I believe in the cancer services provided here at HCGH. I ride because I can.

 

Click here to support Leslie and the 2015 Ride to Conquer Cancer, a two-day, 150-mile ride benefiting the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and Howard County General Hospital. The hospital team, led by HCGH President Steve Snelgrove and Ryan Brown, vice president of Operations, includes physicians and staff who are taking this challenge to support cancer patients everywhere. Our goal is ambitious and we can’t do it without the support of our community members.
Leslie Rogers is the director of Howard County General Hospital’s Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center.

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