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Science Museum plans Maker Faire

The Buffalo Museum of Science will hold its first Buffalo Mini Maker Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The fair will feature 50 crafters who will demonstrate computer making, 3-D printing, knitting, bot making, jewelry making and more.

For more information about museum admission and the fair, and to buy admission tickets in
advance, click here.

Get training on urban farming

The Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) is hosting an Urban Agriculture Training program the weekend of March 7.

Training will focus on the skills needed to run a successful community garden, youth program and urban farm, based on the model established by MAP on the West Side during the past decade.

Participants will gain hands-on experience and information on fish farming, urban chickens, farm planning, starting a community garden, composting and more. The training also will highlight MAP’s focus on youth employment and education, offering workshops on youth leadership.

New this year will be a Farm-to-School Panel and an Urban Farming and CSA Panel, including regional experts.

To register, or for more information, visit mass-ave.org; registration deadline is Friday.

Free WNY bus fare offered for upstate science fair in Syracuse

The Dr. Nelson Ying Tri Region Science and Engineering Fair has announced that a bus will transport students from Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties to Syracuse for the faire on March 22-23.

The two-day science fest will include four competitions and the first Science Fest Mini Maker Faire.

“Every middle and high school student preparing a project for any school or 4-H fair, or for the WNY Science Congress on March 29 should register at yingtrsef.org to bring that same project to Syracuse for a weekend of STEM celebration, and compete for scholarships, advancement to state, national and international levels, and a host of special awards at our internationally affiliated regional level,” Tri Region fair Director Mary Eileen Wood said in a news release, “and, of course, each student must still compete in their school or 4-H fair and/or the WNY Science Congress, not leap frog over them.”

Students and chaperones can register by Friday for the bus after they complete registration for the science fair. The $10 fee to reserve a seat will be refunded when the students sign in at the fair on March 22.

Last year, the fair advanced three projects to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and Buffalo student Yankang Yang took third in the world in Cellular and Molecular Biology.

The WNY Science Congress will be held March 29 at SUNY Buffalo State. For more information about that event, email that event’s chairman, John-Paul Martin, at pinecone@localnet.com.

The Ying science fair serves 25 “orphaned counties” of upstate New York that until 2006 had no access to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, founded in 1950. The Ying fair has since helped give students in grades 5 to 12 a chance opportunity to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Gala to benefit Every Child program

The Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls will host a gala this weekend to benefit Every Child, a program that supports foster care children in Erie and Niagara counties.

“Fostering Hope: A Gala for Every Child,” will be held at the restored theater at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Every Child helps introduce prospective parents to the foster care or adoptive process, as well as provides opportunities for volunteers who want to support that process. People can donate clothes, baby-sit, tutor, offer transportation and more.

Tickets, which cost $100 per person or $190 per couple, are available at committeeforhope.com. The event includes an open bar, food and live music. Black tie is optional.

For more information, visit every-child.com.

Know the symptoms of an eating disorder

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) launched its 27th annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week this week to bring public attention to the critical needs of people with eating disorders and their families.

Eating disorders are “bio-psycho-social illnesses with often devastating – sometimes life-threatening – consequences,” according to an association news release. “While there is hope and recovery is possible – particularly with early intervention – many people suffer from the long-term effects of these illnesses.”

Many, including doctors, also miss the warning signs.

That’s why the theme for this year’s awareness week is, “I Had No Idea.”

To help promote Awareness Week, the Empire State Building was lit in NEDA’s signature green and blue colors Tuesday night; flipping the switch was Emmy Award- and two-time Tony Award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth (Broadway’s “Chicago" and “Sweet Charity,” CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” and NBC’s “Frasier” and “Cheers”).

The association enhanced the theme with these thoughts:

“I had no idea … that you can be too thin … that over-exercising can lead to an eating disorder … that 35 percent of ‘normal’ dieters progress to pathological dieting and that, of those, 20 to 25 percent progress to full-blown eating disorders … that an eating disorder can kill you or lead to permanent physical damage … that (I, my daughter, son, sister, brother, friend) had a problem.”

It also included the following warning signs of an eating disorder:

1. Drastic weight loss.

2. Preoccupation with counting calories.

3. The need to weigh yourself several times a day.

4. Excessive exercise.

5. Binge eating or purging.

6. Food rituals, like taking tiny bites, skipping food groups or re-arranging food on the plate.

7. Avoiding meals or only wanting to eat alone.

8. Taking laxatives or diuretics.

9. Smoking to curb appetite.

10. Persistent view of yourself as fat that worsens despite weight loss.

For more information, visit nationaleatingdisorders.org.

Medication adherence particularly hard for the mentally ill

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Crisis Services head Douglas Fabian says medication noncompliance often results in the mentally ill being hospitalized.


Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor

Anyone who’s ever spent time visiting a mental health unit across the country has overheard others having the same type of conversation they are having with the loved ones they’ve come to see.

At some point, you hear something along the lines of, "I know you don’t want to be here, and you wouldn’t be if you had taken your medication like you were supposed to."

Psychiatric conditions can be tricky, and medication effectiveness can vary over time, and depending on other factors, but people with these conditions often start feeling better and stop taking their prescription drugs because they wrongly believe they no longer need them, or prefer not to deal with the side effects.

“I hear from doctors and psychiatrists and people in the field that we have come so far in terms of medication that if people would just take the medication, many of their problems related to their psychiatric disorder, or their behavior problems, will be taken care of,” said Douglas Fabian, executive director of Crisis Services in Erie County.

“Sometimes it takes a while for the medication to take effect,” Fabian said, “and sometimes people unfortunately want to go on holidays from their medication because they are feeling better. Therefore, they say ‘Maybe I can cut that pill down. Maybe I can personally take control of this and in some way self-medicate,’ and that doesn’t work.

“Once people start to modify their prescription, there’s a 50 percent chance they’ll end up in a hospital if their psychiatric disorder is a significant one.”

The lack of medication adherence, subject of today’s cover story in WNY Refresh, is not only a problem for those with chronic mental health conditions. It’s a challenge for many with varying types of conditions, as well as folks with short-term maladies who don’t finish prescription medications as directed.

And it’s a challenge that should not be laid solely at the doorsteps of people who need to take prescription medications, said Scott V. Monte, owner of Mobile Pharmacy Solutions on the Buffalo Medical Campus.

"We talk about education but we need to understand better the support systems and motivations of patients,” Monte said. “I think we do a pretty poor job of that when we’re initially giving medication and counseling."

What pharmacists and doctors need to focus on up front, he said, is “What’s the rationale for staying on these medications long-term? Just like everything in your life, if you don’t believe in it, it’s not something you’re going to pursue."

The elderly, and the chronically ill, need all the education they can get from their pharmacist, Monte said.

"If you’re at five, six, seven, 10 medications, it gets increasingly complex to organize it and be motivated to take them all."

Monte said he started the mobile pharmacy in 2009  to deal with such complexities. Going into a home and sitting down at dining room table is "a completely different look," he said.

"You understand their living situation. Sometimes medications are problem number six."

Pharmacists in such cases also can ask patients to gather other supplements, herbal medications and over-the-counter drugs to see if any don’t mix.

"You just don’t have that luxury at the pharmacy," he said. "A lot of times, patients don’t know the names of the medicines they’re on, why they’re taking them or the rationale."

That’s when those prescribed such medications need to ask questions until they do understand.

This can be a thorny proposition for those who have a mental health component to their illness.

When it comes to mental health disorders, Fabian said, “From the very beginning there’s a good percentage of people who are reluctant to start on medication. It’s the beginning of a road that could be long-term and even lifetime, and so they’re reluctant to start.”

There’s also a stigma that comes with taking medication, as well as the side effects, which can include lethargy and weight gain.

Fabian had encouraging news for parents and other family members who’ve watched loved ones in their late teens and early 20 struggle with the onset of mental illness.

One in five families will deal with such an illness, he said, so they need to understand they are not alone.

“It does get better,” Fabian said. “I know it sounds simple, almost trite, but it does get better. Sometimes you hear the term that young people ‘grow out’ of the disorder. I don’t know if they grow out, I just think they learn to live with it, and realize that it’s not debilitating, it’s not limiting, they can carry out their lives in a normal way – whatever normal is today – as possible.

“But unfortunately, just as someone might need a knee brace, they need the psychotropic medication.”

Here are tips he gave to those dealing with a chronic mental illness:

  • "I think you want to have a good, healthy relationship with your psychiatrist or doctor so, if you in some way want to challenge whether the medication is doing what it’s supposed to do, you can."
  • "The other thing I would strongly recommend is reaching out to people,. It could begin with a hotline." The Crisis Services line, at 834-3131, operates 24 hours a day. "Our staff is trained to handle everything from the suicidal situations to ‘I am just not feeling that well today and I think it’s my medication,’ Fabian said. “We run the gammut because those calls that seem less critical can mushroom.”
  • "People need to feel comfortable with where they are." They, and their friends and families can go to groups or individual counseling and plug into support from the Mental Health Association of Erie County and the local chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Fabian added the Crisis Hotline is not only for those who are sick.

“If someone is bipolar or schizophrenic or depressed, that behavior can be very challenging, and that leads me into the fact that caregivers and parents need support. Where can they go when they need someone to talk to? That’s where we come in, too."

email: refresh@buffnews.com

Twitter: @BNrefresh

USS Buffalo sailor makes a difference many miles from home

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Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel Wacek, of Clarence, donates blood during an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive organized by the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Buffalo. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)


By Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor

Here’s part of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan that you might not have considered – the need for blood can be critical.

That’s why commanders at military installations across the globe encourage their units and crews to donate blood.

The crew aboard the USS Buffalo, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is among those that heed the call – including, you guessed it, a crew member who hails from the Buffalo area.

The U.S. Navy Pacific Command earlier this month recognized the crew of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine for heavy lifting when it came to making a sizable number of blood donations to the Tripler Army Medical Center in nearby Honolulu.

Read the Naval press release here

Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle visited the USS Buffalo’s home port in Pearl Harbor to honor the crew, including Buffalo area native Daniel Wacek.

Wacek, 24, an Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class, hails from Clarence and is among 70 to 80 crew members who regularly gives blood that ends up going to members of the Armed Forces, military families and, in some cases, service members wounded in forward positions.

“Every blood drive, I donate,” he said. “I started donating about a year ago, when the captain started organizing blood drives.”

Wacek joined the Navy in 2009 and helps maintain all electrical equipment aboard the USS Buffalo.

“Petty Officer Wacek is an exceptional sailor and a great mentor for the other sailors on the boat,” said Cmdr. Brian Tothero, commanding officer of the USS Buffalo. “He has served his country and Western New York proudly during his three years of operations around the globe. He has represented the people of Buffalo and Western New York extremely well.”

An email exchange with Wacek pointed up what many Western New York families might recognize about loved ones who leave mother ship Buffalo:

What does he miss most about Western New York?

“Chicken wings in general, specifically from Duffs though, and Wing Fest.”

When he comes home, where are the first places he stops?

“Mighty Taco, then usually my parents' house and my friends’ houses.”

Being based in Hawaii, does he ever miss the Buffalo weather?

“No, tropical weather is better than snow any day of the week. I don’t care what Don Paul says!”

email: refresh@buffnews.com

Twitter: @BNrefresh

Pediatric cancer staff uses a process to bring hope

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Pediatric cancer patients weather a lot, and are great teachers, says Dr. Martin Brecher, shown above with leukemia patient Brett Struble, 5, of South Dayton. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)


By Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor

Dr. Martin Brecher’s job has been more rewarding in recent years because the pediatric cancer doctor has seen a growing percentage of his young patients beat back their diseases.

Still, the road to successful treatment continues to be a challenging one.

That’s what I came away with earlier this week after sitting down with the good doctor for an “In the Field” feature story at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where he is chairman. He also is chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Women & Children’s Hospital, and an associate professor at the University at Buffalo Medical School, his alma mater.

Brecher, 67, also serves on the Advisory Board of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western and Central New York, which will host its largest fundraiser of the year, the sold-out Diamond Ball, tonight. (To donate to the society, visit its website.) He was the society’s “Service to Mankind” award recipient in 2006.

What is it like to tell a family that a child has cancer?

“It’s probably among the most devastating pieces of news a family can receive, to learn your child has a serious illness, a potentially life-threatening illness,” Brecher said. “Some families have been suspicious. Others are caught completely off-guard, because many of these illnesses present with symptoms that are seen very often in much more common and much less serious disorders.

“There’s usually an element of shock. We tend to spend a good deal of time talking with them, even on the first visit, just so they have a sense that there’s a plan, that there is hope, and most of the time now, with most of these diagnoses, we can truly be hopeful that treatment will be successful.

“I also have come to appreciate that many families, after they hear the word cancer or leukemia, don’t hear a whole lot else that you say. I think they’re head starts to spin and I’m not sure what they absorb, but it sets the stage for a recognition that we’ve got a way to approach this...

It’s important to go over and over again, especially those first few weeks. It’s hard to think straight. The child might be feeling really ill. It’s just a whole life change, and not just for the parents. The siblings, grandparents, everybody.”

I also asked Brecher several other questions about the treatment process after the diagnosis. Excerpts are below.

Can walk us through treatment?

In pediatrics, the whole family is your patient. You’re treating the child, but the whole family is in need of assistance. So I try to explain things in terms that people understand. ... I usually tell people, ‘The first few weeks, keep a pad and pen by your bed.’ If you’re like me, your mind goes blank, but at 2 in the morning, when I’m staring at the ceiling, I think of all the things I should have asked. ... I always tell people, ‘Please ask any question that you have, as often as you need to, until it makes some sense to you.’ It’s absolutely essential to be 100 percent honest with people. This is a child, and they need to know whatever we know. If the child is old enough to comprehend things, I always encourage parents to make sure – whether it’s immediately or whether the first few days or weeks, depending on how the child is feeling – that they’re honest with them and let us know what we need to tell them. First of all, kids tend to know anyway, and if they think we’re not being honest with them, they don’t believe anything else we’re saying, we’ve kind of lost the trust.

It’s the most important thing going on in their lives right now, and if that’s the one thing they can’t talk about – because everybody’s trying to protect everybody else – (that doesn’t work well).

It’s a team approach. The nurses are critical, because they work so closely at the bedside the families. There are social workers helping the families to get the services. There’s financial burdens on the family. You miss work time. How do you address those kinds of issues? Psychology. Sometimes families say, ‘I’m not crazy, I don’t need a psychologist.’ This is not a normal situation for any family. Everybody can use some help when something like this happens.

Once you know what you’re dealing with, does chemotherapy start?

Most childhood cancers are now what we call low-grade, (and feature) localized tumors that can be treated with a local therapy or surgery. ... Very often, these cancers – even if they appear to be local by our tests – have at least a microscopic spread, individual cells that have gone elsewhere in the body. So, almost always, there is a systematic therapy required. That means chemotherapy, which can travel around the body.

Once we know the exact type of cancer, we participate in national clinical trials, called the Children’s Oncology Group, COG, which is an NCI (National Cancer Institute) clinical group for pediatric cancer. These tests may improve the outcome but, if it becomes too much, “we back off.”

There’s a lot of decisions to be made at an emotional time, when the child is sick, and there might be emotional relatives, job issues, something else. It may be a single-parent home and ‘What do I do with the other kids?’ All the issues that swirl around people’s lives these days, they’re also dealing with that. You have to walk them through, ‘What does this mean?’ ‘What are the options?’ ‘Let’s talk about the pros and cons of each.’ Ultimately it’s up to each family, or the patients, ... but they’re looking to us for guidance.

Can you walk us through how the staff at Roswell devises these plans? Do you get into a room, talk about several cases at once?

I work at Women & Children’s and Roswell and, combined, we are one pediatric hematology/oncology program. If a child is diagnosed, we may have a fairly set regimen. Let’s say we have a newly diagnosed child with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL, the most common form of childhood leukemia). We pinpoint how high-risk or low-risk that patient is by some of the characteristics of the cells. If we’re participating in a clinical trial, we’ll talk about that with the family.

We also have a weekly Tumor Board conference. We videoconference between both hospitals. There will be the oncologist, who may be giving the chemotherapy and seeing the patient; the radiation therapist may attend because the patient may or may not need radiation therapy; pediatric surgeons may be there because surgery may be part of the treatment or a biopsy may be required to make a diagnosis; the pathologist may be there to show the biopsy material and help pinpoint the diagnosis; the radiologist will be there with the scans and X-rays to define the extent of the tumor and whether they’re getting better or worse. So it truly is a multidisciplinary conference. Usually as few as two or three up to  six or seven cases may be discussed over an hour. We’ll discuss treatment options, what other testing, if any, needs to be done, and what might be the best recommendation. Hopefully, after that Tumor Board meeting, we’re coming out with a plan...

Once in a while, you get very difficult cases where we’re not 100 percent certain what the best approach is. Everybody around the country has their own areas of expertise, so we’ll call, email experts who are running a national study in the particular disorder and say, ‘There’s something unusual about this case? Does what we’re thinking sound unreasonable to you? Do you have any other recommendations?’ They do the same with us.

If a patient goes on a trial, there’s a lengthy consent form (that serves as kind of a written treatment plan).

There’s a whole host of new categories of drugs that are pushing us, hopefully, to a new level of cancer care. That’s why we might recommend a clinical trial. If families are comfortable with that, they can let us know that.

What would be a standard treatment for ALL?

There’s usually a period of least a few months up front of fairly aggressive chemotherapy that brings patients back to the hospital fairly often. Then there’s a prolonged period of a year and a half, up to two and a half years, that’s called ‘maintenance treatment.’ It’s mostly oral medicine they’re on at home, with an occasional trip to the clinic. So that’s a long period of time, two to three years.

Solid tumors, lymphomas, sometimes 12 weeks of intensive therapy is all they need.

Cancers is a category of diseases that are so variable ... they’re treated differently...

There’s still a lot we don’t understand about how cancers respond. You can have 10 patients with a very similar stage of the same cancer, getting the same treatment, and seven of them will do great and three of them will recur. And we don’t fully understand what was different about those three. There’s a lot of research going on in this arena.

What is the hardest part of your job?

When things don’t go as well as you hope they will go. You get very close to your families, and these are people you see over and over and over again. You get to know the patient. You get to know the family well. When someone has been doing well, and you have high hopes they will continue to do well, and suffers a setback or the outlook has now changed, there’s no way to make that easy.

Even when you reach a stage when there’s no medical intervention that’s going to make a change in the outcome, that doesn’t mean you can’t help that patient and your family. They still need a lot of assistance going through whatever they’re going through, whether it’s control of physical symptoms or emotional support. Hopefully, there’s a lot you can do for a family and a patient when the medical outlook is not so good, which fortunately is a much less often than when I started.

How do you get through this?

One thing I can tell you is that dealing with kids, they get you through it. Kids are amazing in terms of their resilience. ... Looking at myself, I know that if I’m sick, I just want to lie in bed. Don’t bother me. I feel horrible and I’m really depressed. For many kids, it’s, ‘I want to ride the Big Wheel, so let’s get this thing over with. I want to get on with my life.’

There’s a lot of mutual support within the team. There’s a lot of critical support if you’re going to be successful, as well.

Sometimes, you’re just upset for a while about how things are going. I won’t tell you there are no days that are not hard, but it is a very rewarding field. The tremendous improvement in outlook for many of these cancers has made it a much less depressing arena to work in than it was 30, 40 years ago because our outcomes are much better.

But of course, every individual is still an individual, and for every one person it’s still 100 percent or zero in terms of how things turned out.

What are the most important pieces of advice you give to parents as you begin this journey?

Some of the stuff about writing things down.

I always tell them, ‘You’re the key players here, this is your child. We will keep nothing from you. Make sure you understand what you’re talking about, you’re comfortable with what we’re talking about, and please keep pushing us if you don’t understand.’ I also talk to them about being honest with their child ... at age appropriate levels.

If at all possible, I tell them to keep the child’s life as normal as possible. There’s a tendency when a child gets diagnosed with a severe illness to either become protective – don’t let them do anything because they might break, they might get infected, let’s keep them in a hypothetical bubble. That’s usually of no benefit. It just makes their lives different from all their peers, which is the last thing a child wants their life to be, and doesn’t accomplish anything medically. Or they go the other way, and become totally permissive – ‘Do whatever you want, you poor, sick child’ – which also isn’t good for family dynamics in the long term.

At the end of this, you want a child who’s not only physically healthy but emotionally healthy.

That’s easier said than done.

email: refresh@buffnews.com

Twitter: @BNrefresh

Med student from Buffalo will think globally during cross-country bike trip

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Fourth-year Ohio State medical school student Ryan Campagna comes back to Buffalo every few weeks to visit his mom, Linda Morgan, in the Elmwood Village. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)


By Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor

At first blush, it might sound as if bunch of Ohio State fourth-year medical students got together in 2006 and started the annual Ride for World Health as a way to blow off steam and enjoy a coast-to-coast bike trip as a way to celebrate graduation.

That’s part of it, but it goes much deeper than that, said North Buffalo native Ryan Campagna, 25, subject of today’s “What are you Eating?” feature in WNY Refresh.

Campagna and about 20 fellow graduating med students will start the 50-day trip March 26, when their dip the rear tires of their bikes into the Pacific Ocean and set out toward Washington, D.C.

The contingent will make side trips in May to participate in their graduation ceremonies – about three-quarters of the students are from Ohio State – but along the way they’ll also do something the group considers at least equally important: they’ll spread the word about global health needs.

“On the way, we stop at high schools, medical schools and local community centers, and give lectures on global health while also fundraising,” Campagna told me. ...” It’s a time to see the country and raise money for a good cause. Last year, they raised over $100,000 and made a big impact on some organizations in the Third World.”

What does Campagna see as the three biggest international health issues?

“Access to care for very common problems, things you or I would go see a family practitioner about. Two – and it still will be an issue for decades to come – simple sanitation and nutrition. And three, basic surgical services. We talk a lot about the interventions we can do in the global health world with simple medications and checkups, but when you crunch the numbers, more people die from basic surgical diseases you can intervene on than a lot of these other causes put together.”

While he was studying biochemistry at Canisius College, Campagna had the chance to go to Costa Rica and Nicaragua for three weeks on a medical mission-style trip.

“I absolutely loved it,” he said. “When you go there and see such a large impact that small interventions can make, it’s always stuck in my mind that this is something that I want to do.”

Campagna will find out right about the time the bike trip starts where he will spend the next few years in his residency program. He also plans to pursue a master’s in public health – and spend a year or two abroad as part of that process.

“I think residency’s going to take me somewhere else, but eventually I’d like to come back and work at Roswell (Park Cancer Institute),” he said. “I want to go into thoracic oncological surgery. Roswell is the first place where I volunteered while I was at Canisius. It got me into medicine, and I would love to go back there and work.”

First he has a few more weeks of med school, and a bike trip to take.

He looks forward to spending several weeks with fellow health professionals bent on changing the world.

How might they be a part of the solution to such daunting issues?

“For us, it’s changing the paradigm that exists in the Third World, where medical students and physicians will drop in for two or three weeks at a time, then leave,” he said. “Although this is a good approach, we’d like to help organizations provide sustainable health in the Third World. If you look at our main beneficiaries (of the bike trip), they are organizations in some cities – for example, Haiti – that will have a presence there indefinitely, and that’s what we like, sustainable care.”

Campagna expects the first day of the bike trip to be the most challenging.

“We only ride 44 miles but we go up 4,800 feet,” he said. “It’s one of the most challenging hills we have on our ride. I think for most of us, it’s going to be most challenging the first two weeks. Even though we’ve been training all winter, it still kicks your butt.”

They’ll travel up to 90 miles a day, eating food bars to help give them energy and stopping every 5 to 30 miles for a break. He and several others on the ride also will spend many days doing lectures, which will tack on a couple of hours on the road.

After the bike trip, Campagna plans to return to Buffalo for a couple of weeks, to stay with his parents, Linda and Bryce Morgan, whom he visits every few weeks.

He’s improved his diet, but he’s still happy to sink his teeth into Buffalo pizza when he comes home. It tends to be much better than in Columbus.

“I managed to find a place that has a good pie – it’s right here on campus; it’s called Adriatico’s – but on average no, and I don’t even want to get into chicken wings. I do still eat them but usually I’m disappointed."

The food may be one reason he hopes one day to return home, but it’s not the most important one.

“It’s gotta be the people,” he said. “I still have a lot of roots here, we’re a community of neighbors and after spending the last three months looking at where I want to go to residency, coming back here and re-appreciating all the architecture and all it has to offer – especially in the Elmwood Village, where my parents live – you can get beautiful housing and a great cost of living, with great people."

email: refresh@buffnews.com

Twitter: @BNrefresh

Parting thoughts on parenting guru's recent Buffalo visit

John Rosemond’s visit last week to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda was filled with lots of food for parental thought.

I wrote a previous blog post on the visit last weekend, which is reprinted in today’s WNY Refresh section of The Buffalo News.

We didn’t have room in print to squeeze in a few other notable quotes from Rosemond’s talk, so here are a few more:

  • “In all honesty, Buffalo feels like a small town to me. It’s just embracing and friendly. If it wasn’t for the accent, I’d think I was in the South.”
  • “The problems that we’re having in American parenting are not emanating from children. Your children are responding to you. And if you accept that, that the problem is you – no matter how well-intentioned you are, no matter how much you love your child, no matter how hard you are trying – the problem is you, then you just put yourself on the road to correcting the problem.”
  • “Children will do what they are told. Today’s parents aren’t telling them. … There’s this thing about choices, giving children choices. The choice I had was, ‘Do what you’re told or not,’ and here was the thing: If you didn’t do what you were told, you were punished. If you did do what you were told, nothing happened – and you wanted nothing to happen, so you learned to do what you were told.”
  • On explanations: “Children have a right to know. Why? Where is this right written down? Was it in the Constitution somewhere and they decided the Constitution was so long they took that out to make it a little shorter? Children have a right to know the reasons? Apparently I did not enjoy this right … (Decades ago) parents told you what to do, in language that was compressed, in short sentences. ‘This is what I expect. Period. End of discussion.’”
  • “Mothers are constantly in this state of inadequacy … constantly thinking there’s more they have to do in order to prove to themselves that they have risen properly to the challenge of being a good mommy in the year 2014. (This creates anxiety and stills) the soft, quiet voice of the heart. ... We’re thinking too much.”
  • – Scott Scanlon

Email: refresh@buffnews.com

Twitter: @BNrefresh

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Scott Scanlon is an award-winning reporter and editor who has covered various topics in his quarter-century as a journalist in South Florida, Syracuse and Buffalo. He is aiming to pass along what he is learning these days about health, fitness, nutrition and family life.

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