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Harvest of Hope to benefit MDA

The 11th annual Harvest of Hope event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Hotel @ the Lafayette, 391 Washington St., the Western New York chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced

The evening will feature wine and beer tasting, food by local restaurants, and silent and live auctions, and will be hosted by the Harvest of Hope Executive Board, Goetz Energy Corp. and the Vukelic family. It will benefit work done by the MDA’s amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) division.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 626-0035 or visit www2.mda.org/harvestofhopebuffalo.

Mental health agency adds two to its team

Jack Woodworth and Kelly Morgan have joined the Mental Health Association of Erie County as family advocate and program assistant, respectively.

Woodworth will work in the Child and Family Support Program; Morgan in Community Outreach and Consumer Education.

“The addition of Jack and Kelly to the MHA team gives us more resources to meet more of the needs of the Western New York community,” said Ken Houseknecht, the association’s executive director.

The Child and Family Support Program, a peer-run program, offers a variety of services to include support, advocacy, and education to those who have a child or young adult suffering from a mental illness. The program also has a short-term respite program. Advocates working in this program have a child or adolescent diagnosed with a mental illness. Parents and caregivers, community partners, and agencies, as well as professionals, access the program for information and referrals.

For more information, call Jenny Laney, Child and Family Support Program director, at 886-1242, Ext. 313 or email laney@eriemha.org.

Raymour & Flanigan plans food drive

Raymour & Flanigan is sponsoring “A Way to Give Back” Food Drive to benefit Community Missions of Niagara Frontier at its store at 8535 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Niagara Falls through Sunday.

The store will accept nonperishable food items or cash donations. In exchange, donors will receive a 10 percent discount on store items.

The goal is to collect 1,000 pounds of food that will go directly to Community Missions, which last year served more than 70,000 meals through its crisis services.

Asthma can be controlled, not cured

Medications and lifestyle changes help manage asthma, but they will not cure it, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine.

“You still have airway inflammation that needs to be treated,” said Dr. Nicola Hanania, associate professor of medicine at BCM.

Asthma has a higher prevalence in the inner city. Treatment incorporates anti-inflammatory medications and lifestyle changes.

Hanania stresses controlling indoor allergens such as dust mites and mold, as well as controlling exposure to secondhand smoke.

Although asthma symptoms may not be as apparent when medication and lifestyle changes are incorporated, asthma is not cured. If medication or lifestyle changes are stopped, signs of poor control, such as exacerbations and an increased use of an inhaler, will appear and can lead to emergency room visits, hospitalizations and sometimes even death.

Hanania suggests proper education about asthma, having an action plan and knowing when to get help or when to go to the emergency room.

– News staff and wire services