To the overwhelming generosity of the Elkton High School Class of 1984, which has come to the aid of one of its members who fell ill with an extremely rare cancer. Rising Sun-area resident Tim Pickeral is one of fewer than 100 known cases of Mandibular Clear Cell Odontogenic Carcinoma, a cancer that attacked his jawbone, in medical history. He was left unable to work and left fighting a disease difficult to understand, but Pickeral’s classmates heard of his story through social media and began organizing help. An initial bake sale raised $4,000 for the family of six to get through the early stages of Tim’s fight. Now the Class of ‘84 is organizing a much larger benefit fundraiser at the Nauti Goose restaurant in North East from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 22. “I’m just in awe, just so grateful,” Tim told the Whig. We are too, and kudos for the class helping one of its own, decades after they left the halls of their alma mater.
To the news that two years after Maryland almost lost federal money because of poor enforcement of laws preventing the sale of tobacco to minors, compliance has improved in both the state and the county. During fiscal year 2016, only 9.1 percent of stores checked in the county were non-compliant compared to 27.3 percent in fiscal year 2014. At the state level, the non-compliance figures dropped from more than 31 percent to just 13.8 percent. Preventing youth smoking may seem like a small goal compared to other issues confronting our community, but pursuing a generation of healthier and wealthier individuals will reduce the cost of health care in the future. Cigarettes are a costly burden on many families and those costs increase dramatically when considering the impact of treatment of diseases like lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD. Kudos to those who check IDs at the register.