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Local ‘Subzero Heroes’ jump in for Alzheimer’s BY AUTUMN SCHANIL


n a particularly cold and chilly morning in 2010, 12 bold and spirited individuals jumped into an ice cold frozen lake while 80 others watched from the sidelines, both baffled and amazed. The group raised $4,000. That was the very first Subzero Heroes event held at Berean Park in Highland and it was all to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Last year’s event had over 150 Heroes and raised over $100,000. Subzero Heroes has grown so much that more than 1,000 people are expected to attend this year. Will they all take the plunge? We’ll have to wait a few more weeks to find out because you have to “earn� the privilege of jumping by raising a minimum of $200. "Folks really seem to rally around this event, it has a hometown feel,� said Venesa Samuda, Manager of Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter, “and let's be honest ... it’s just wacky. Jumping into a frozen lake, with crazy costumes. It's quite a spectacle." An Alzheimer’s Association event, Subzero Heroes is now one of their most popular fundraisers, and because of the strong social media attraction and the CONTRIBUTED PHOTO interesting costumes people dive in with, it’s one of The 2015 local Subzero Heroes called themselves Team "Marv-Alz.� Sue Bunce, left, and Chrissy Bunce, take their turn their most striking. jumping in as Marcia Fink is in the water (only her cape is showing), and Terri and Terry Grafmuller are watching. “It brings a different demographic into Alzheimer’s


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Local basketball tournament helps combat Cancer BY JOSEPH ABRAHAM THE ORGANIZER


ebruary 3 and 4 are the dates for the Ninth Annual Sullivan County Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) vs Cancer Classic at Sullivan County Community College. While several local teams are competing on the hardwood, it is what will be going on off the court that has the most impact. Tournament proceeds will go to the Oncology Unit at Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC). Since the Classicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception, over $25,000 has been raised for health-related causes. Of that money, nearly $23,000 has gone to CRMCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oncology unit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;SUNY Sullivan is proud to host this amazing event,â&#x20AC;? SUNY Sullivan Interim Dean of Student Development Services and Director of Athletics and Recreation, Christopher DePew said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The camaraderie, the dedication to the cause by both the organizers and the players involved, and the ability to honor an individual affected by this terrible disease, as well as support for our local Oncology Unit is humbling. It is clearly the most important event we sponsor each year.â&#x20AC;? Also at the tournament, there will be a bone marrow drive through the We Delete Blood Cancer organization, a.k.a. DKMS.

Faith Metzinger, a Kenoza Lake resident, is in charge of the drive â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the 10th she has done in the past four years. Last year was the first time Metzinger held a drive at this event, and it was a big success. They swabbed over 200 CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS people, which proThe bone marrow drive, which duced four matches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody is there will be run by Faith Metzinger at the Ninth Annual Sullivan with good intentions County Basketball Coaches for a good cause, and Association of New York vs this is another arm of Cancer Classic at SUNY that,â&#x20AC;? Metzinger said Sullivan on February 3-4, is her of the tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a perfect place to 10th drive in four years. be. Everyone there is young and healthy and willing to donate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of all the drives Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had 13 matches, four of which came from the drive at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament,â&#x20AC;? she added.

In order to donate bone marrow, people must be between 18 and 61 years of age, however people over 55 cannot be swabbed. Metzinger noted that there is more match potential at the tournament because there are a lot more people in the 18 to 55 age group that are in attendance. While people can donate marrow up to 61 years of age, only those in the 18-55 age group can get swabbed because the window of time of them to donate is too short. Also, as you age, your DNA does not multiply like it does before 55. Metzinger first became involved in the fight against Blood Cancer when she was swabbed for a local woman in Sullivan County. Shortly after she received a letter from FedEx that she matched a three-year-old boy who suffered from leukemia. Metzinger underwent two procedures to donate bone marrow to him. However, he passed away nine months later, from complications unrelated to leukemia. At that moment, thinking about her own young children, Metzinger contacted DKMS, who was the organization she donated bone marrow through before, and asked if she could start her own drive. She did just that in 2013, when she held the first drive at the Villa Roma Resort. Since then, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spearheaded drives at events and races across the county.




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Coach, Chris Russo, has been involved with the classic since the start, as his team and Liberty faced off in the first Coaches vs Cancer game at SCCC in 2009. “We are all grateful for the opportunity to support our local community,” Russo said. “The doctor's and nurses at CRMC do such a great job helping their patients fight cancer. While it is important to raise money for research, support groups and agencies, it is equally as important to help the hospitals, doctors, and nurses provide the best care possible. Donating proceeds from the game directly to the CRMC Oncology unit allows us to help them do just that. “Having the bone marrow drive at the event has been a great addition. It is a

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NAMI of Sullivan County works to help families with mental illness The Suicide Bereavement Group focuses on helping family members who don’t normally get to share or connect with others due to the unique, disenfranchised loss most families feel when a loved one commits suicide. The Suicide Bereavement Support Group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 at NAMI of Sullivan County’s office in Monticello and is free of charge. “A lot of people don’t want to think about it or bring it up, but it’s very uplifting and supportive,” Schneider said. Facilitators who have all lost a loved one to suicide lead the Bereavement Group. “Even if the loss was a long time ago it may be something that was never resolved.” NAMI of Sullivan County also receives funding from the New York State Office of Mental Health to run some of their programs including their Compeer program and advocacy program. “Compeer started in Rochester and it’s kind of like “adopt-a-friend,” Schneider explained. NAMI will

match The iris is the symbol of hope and is featured prominently throughout NAMI of Sullivan County’s office where the goal is to educate, advocate, listen and lead while helping individuals and their families navigate mental illness.

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he National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Sullivan County’s office has Van Gogh’s irises on the wall within site of anyone who passes through the doorway. There is also an iris above director Lori Schneider’s desk and another Van Gogh recreation underneath the office number. “The iris is the symbol of hope,” Schneider explains. The office also has a wreath hanging on the wall made of balloons to remind those working there of the strength and flexibility of the human spirit. NAMI of Sullivan County is an affiliate of a national organization that relies on volunteers to help families affected by mental illness by educating, advocating, listening and leading, but Sullivan County’s NAMI is just a little different. “Most NAMI affiliates are all volunteer and ours, from its inception, always had paid staff,” Schneider

explained. The NAMI of Sullivan County instead is more like a larger affiliate with two full-time and two part-time staff members. “And we also run programs so we’re not just doing the things that most NAMIs do.” Instead the NAMI of Sullivan County offers a wide array of programs including NAMI signature programs like “Family to Family,” a 12-week class that helps inform and teach family members who are caring for individuals with mental illness, and “In Our Own Voice” which has people who have experiences with mental illness go out into the community to share their stories with groups of people. Additionally NAMI offers family support groups that meet twice a month, and a reasonably new Suicide Bereavement Group. “Probably most NAMIs don’t do that, but we started it a year ago in January,” Schneider explained. “There was a need that we perceived because several people had, unfortunately, lost a loved one to suicide.”





NAMI of Sullivan County’s office at 20 Crystal Street in Monticello offers meeting rooms for the various support groups offered. NAMI also provides meetings at the Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis.

ed in. After undergoing a background treatment is available. check and receiving education on “Treatments work, there’s no cure, mental illness, volunteers and their but there’s no cure for diabetes or peers will have a one-to-one friend- epilepsy,” Schneider said. She ship and do things together that they believes that the lack of ability to enjoy. Those in the Compeer program receive treatment is another major also can participate in a monthly free issue those with mental illness face. group activity including game nights, NAMI can refer those suffering from movies, and trips to concerts, plays or mental illness to clinical services and picnics. can help families make sense of and “There’s really nothing mandatory understand the mental illness their about Compeer,” Schneider said. loved one has. “The only mandatory thing about “I think the biggest message is Compeer is that you spend time with you’re not alone,” Schneider said each other.” regarding those dealing with mental Overall, NAMI of Sullivan County illness personally or the mental illhas an estimated 200 individuals and ness of a family member, “Mental illwell over 50 family members, but the ness affects one in four families and numbers could be that’s with an immedigreater because the estiate family member. It’s mates only count those not the thing people who come and use feel comfortable sharNAMI’s programs. Many ing, but people are not others call for assistance alone.” or support, or call to ask NAMI urges those questions and gain more who may be struggling information. with mental illness, or “Stigma is one of the are struggling to biggest issues for families understand a family and individuals who have member’s mental illbeen diagnosed,” Schneiness to reach out for der said. “Mental illness Lori Schneider help. NAMI is located is an illness like any NAMI director | at 20 Crystal Street in other. It’s a neurobiologiMonticello, and can be cal brain disorder. I think reached by phone at the term mental illness is almost a 845-794-1029 or by email at NAMIofmisnomer and it makes people think it’s all in their mind.” Additionally, NAMI will be sponsorWhile NAMI tries to work with fam- ing it’s 9th annual “Tee it Up for Menilies and individuals, a third goal is to tal Health” Golf Tournament on Sunhelp educate the public and sift day June 4 at Tarry Brae Golf Course through the misinformation. Addi- in Fallsburg, and urges individuals tionally, NAMI exists to help people and businesses to sign up as sponsors realize that mental illness is not or register to play to show their supsomething to be ashamed of and that port for mental illness advocacy.

‘Mental illness affects one in four families and that’s with an immediate family member.’


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wanted it to be easily accessible to everyone. “Where we are now is perfect,” he stated. “It’s right off Route 17B. And believe it or not I have a lot of people that come here from three or four hours away with their pets.” Another important aspect of the hospital? Who he has working alongside him. “I’ve been a veterinary technician for almost 18 years. I really love what I do,” said Veterinary Technician Rachel Sergeant. “This is actually the third location that Dr. Quick and I have worked at together. We work very well together so when he bought this practice he asked me to come in and do tech/reception/management. I think the most important is that we’re on the same page when it comes to morals, ethics and being advocates for the animals.” At Quality Pet Care, Quick and Sergeant do everything from dentistry to surgeries, vaccinations, parasite prevention, laser therapy, pain management, and even nutritional counseling for your pet. “It’s all about client education. The more that the owners understand what we’re doing, why we’re recommending what we do and the more compliance we have, the better quality medicine we can serve to the patients,” explained Sergeant. “The 4

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care of Dean, the dog that was found emaciated and covered in burns in Fallsburg who inspired the law passed by the Sullivan County Legislature in August called Dean’s Law, which establishes a registry for those convicted of animal abuse. “When Dean was brought in, I knew immediately that the damage on his back was from him being burned,” said Quick. “How anyone can do that to a dog I don’t know. We used laser therapy to start

working on the skin on his back and now he just has a small patch of hair that is bare. All the rest filled in.” “For everything that Dean went through, you would think he would hate people,” said Sergeant, “but he has nothing but love to give. His owner, who we helped find, said he is just a big softie, a big sweetheart.” For Quick and Sergeant, if you are going to have a pet, that animal should be part of your family. So they need to be

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