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30 May 6, 2017 5k for individuals (timed) starts at 8 a.m. (must be registered & checked in by 7 a.m.) 100 Mile for Teams (untimed) starts at 9 a.m. 1Mile for Beginners/Children/Families (untimed) starts at 10 a.m. Event will be a 5k course starting at Wayne Community College (Rain or Shine) Event may experience a short hold for severe weather. Childhood Cancer Balloon Release and Lantern Release at dusk • Food • Entertainment • Children's Activities All Proceeds Will Be Used To Assist Cancer Patients in Eastern North Carolina Southeastern Cancer Care's goal is to assist cancer patients in Eastern North Carolina with basic living essentials as they undergo treatment. Through generous donations received in 2016 from our surrounding communities, SCC was able to distribute more than $220,000 to cancer patients. Sponsored by: For more information call 919-580-0000, visit or e-mail 62DCT0217D© "I would like to have something in other areas of the county," he said, noting that he has approached county commissioners about securing funding. "If you prevent one pregnancy, you have paid for a center. "If you put a health educator in every middle and high school, we can guarantee you'll save money, when they have these babies and go on all sorts of welfare." It has been a team effort, Mrs. Hill said, between the Health Department, WATCH, WISH, the pediatrics office, as well as educators and coaches. It has also garnered attention beyond the coun- ty. In February 2005, the American Association of School Administrators and Sodexho School Servic- es awarded the program the National Civic Star Award, at the time the third one given out in recognition of school districts teaming up with their communities to develop and implement innovative programs that advance learning. The recognition was accompanied by $10,000. "I think for me, WISH has made a difference in the fact that we are on-site where most of these kids spend the majority of their day," Mrs. Hill said. "We can assess and we can provide services to meet the needs of all those children that enrolled in WISH. "Our goal is to keep these kids healthy, keep them in school and help them to become produc- tive community citizens in every aspect." Mental health services are another benefit of the program. "I find that the kids feel very comfortable com- ing into WISH," Mrs. Hill said. "Everything is confidential." Sometimes kids have extraordinary issues, sometimes they just need to vent and take a break before returning to class, she said. "We have created havens where kids can seek mental health professionals," Dr. Tayloe said. "It's just an easy model at any school." It may be difficult to measure the success of the program in hard numbers, since the schools' pop- ulation fluctuates from year to year. "But I can tell you on an average percentage, I think we have improved attendance anywhere from 8 to 10 percent," Mrs. Hill said, adding that the enrollment numbers have also been pretty impressive. "We have a 90 percent user rate. That means that they have actually been in the WISH Center at least one time during that school year." Other schools have expressed interest in becom- ing a WISH site, Dr. Tayloe said. At least 10 other schools fall into that category, he said, even if to launch a version of the program. "I'm excited that we might be able to grow the WISH model in the county," he said, calling Golds- boro and Wayne County "Camelot." "You've got one large pediatric practice so when we integrate the school-based health centers, we're really not stepping on other doctors' toes. Those patients are our patients. We share elec- tronic records. I just can't imagine a better sys- tem of care." WISH Continued from 29

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