August 22, 2016 |
Three-year-old Meghan O'Donnell stood up and screamed in agony, seemingly out of the blue. Her parents noticed that her right ankle was swollen. Doctors at the community hospital put the ankle in a cast, concluding that it was broken. But when the cast was removed three weeks later, the toddler's pain and swelling were no better. That led to blood tests, bone scans, MRIs and much more. At the end of the six-week diagnostic odyssey, the words "juvenile idiopathic arthritis" left them reeling.
October 24, 2012
Marcia Donnelly, 76, of Glen Mills, died of lung cancer Friday, Oct. 19, at her home. Mrs. Donnelly was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer four weeks before her death, but during that time she remained optimistic. "She was always able to squeeze a rainbow from every storm," said her elder daughter, Deborah Urie of Annapolis, Md. A graduate of Pottstown High School, Mrs. Donnelly earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Immaculata College in 1958. A year later, she was awarded a scholarship from the Arthritis Foundation, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a master's degree in physical therapy.
August 10, 2012 |
DAYS OFF are few and far between in major league baseball, but the Phillies did not waste their rare reprieve, taking time instead to support a charitable cause. The Rollins Family Foundation hosted its seventh annual Celebrity BaseBOWL Tournament at Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes on Thursday evening. Proceeds benefited the Northeast Region of the Arthritis Foundation, with Jimmy Rollins' foundation specifically hoping to assist children suffering from arthritic conditions. Many of Rollins' Phillies teammates, including Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, Kyle Kendrick and Roy Halladay, attended the event.
March 6, 2012
Colette Barr Heldring, 85, a former board member of the Friends of the Council of International Visitors, died Saturday, March 3, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at her home in Wayne. She was the wife of Frederick Heldring, chairman and chief executive officer of the former Philadelphia National Bank from May 1986 to April 1989. Born in Chicago, Mrs. Heldring graduated from Sacred Heart Academy there in 1944. She earned a bachelor's degree at what is now Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., in 1948 and graduated from the Swiss campus of Loyola University of Chicago, at the University of Fribourg, in 1949.
May 14, 2010
Friday Rocking to support homes Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia is hosting a series of music events this month to support Habitat for Humanity. Every Friday night, the cafe will have live performances by bands such as Evro and The John Salamone Band this week, Panic Years, The Victor Victor Band, Sounds from Atlantis and Third Wire. All funds raised will support Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds and rehabilitates houses for local families in need. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., show begins 30 minutes later at the cafe, 1113-31 Market St. Admission is free but a donation is suggested.
May 28, 2006 |
The American Diabetes Association, a leading patient health group, privately enlisted an Eli Lilly & Co. executive to chart its growth strategy and write its slogan. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, an outspoken patient advocate, lobbies for treatment programs that also benefit its drug-company donors. The National Gaucher Foundation, a supporter of people suffering from a horrific rare disease, gets nearly all its revenue from one drugmaker, Genzyme Corp. Although patients seldom know it, many patient groups and drug companies maintain close, multimillion-dollar relationships while disclosing limited or no details about the ties.
May 28, 2006 |
Concerned that drug companies may be tainting nonprofit groups, some - including members of Congress - are calling for stricter disclosure and tax enforcement of corporate donations. But many patient groups and drug companies say they have safeguards and worry that new limits may choke off funds for the nonprofits. "There is a mindfulness now to have your ducks in order," said Laura Otten, director of the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University. "At the same time, there is a sense that there is enough self-watching going on already.
November 16, 2005 |
Centocor Inc. said yesterday that preliminary results from a study of its experimental rheumatoid arthritis treatment found the compound worked to reduce joint pain and inflammation. The drug, CNTO-148, is a human monoclonal antibody being developed by the Horsham biotechnology company as a successor to Remicade, which is approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis and nine other inflammatory conditions. Remicade had sales of $2.12 billion last year. A human monoclonal antibody is derived from a human protein, as opposed to an animal protein.
June 10, 2004 |
Restoring state budget cuts to help people afflicted with arthritis is important to families like ours. My 4-year-old son, Zachary, is one of the many children in New Jersey who suffer from arthritis. He has had systemic onset juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since he was 3 months old. We had no idea that arthritis could be so devastating. In addition to pain and swollen joints, he experiences soaring fevers, rashes and fatigue. Zachary has been in and out of the hospital countless times.
October 14, 2002 |
For Penny Solomon, artist and good-deed doer, it all began in a basement cafeteria after it was suggested that her region was a remote outpost with no art community to speak of. So you'll excuse the Cherry Hill woman if she takes special pride this weekend in the 19th South Jersey Art Show, which has developed into both a major fund-raiser and an annual display of works of the finest artists in the region. Eighteen years ago, the Arthritis Foundation's state chapter approached Solomon - whose husband, Sheldon, has treated arthritis patients for years at Hahnemann University Hospital and Virtua-West Jersey Hospital Voorhees - about launching a small fund-raiser with her artist friends.