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Saturday, September 20, 1997
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Rockland Journal-News JN Fl H PH,,,, Saturday, September 20, 1997 3A Local NewsTony Davenport: 578-2424 Nyadi Hospital wins $10,000 grant in 'Race for the Cure' :J I, t ' -L 1 ' ' J r ' :' a. .ii : - ty ' '-. . : Y ' " A I l : ..'-. I wW,f . , . ' '. " vi 't ' ' ; ' , ; ' r-- ylt i - r ' , r .Jn , . During the POWMIA Remembrance Day program at the Camp Shanks Museum in Orangeburg yesterday, former POWs Harold Moran, left, of Garnerville and Chuck Dizzinne of Tappaa carry the POWMI Aflag during the ceremony while other veterans and family look on. WWII prisoner recalls camps, death march as Rockland veterans remember POWs. MIAs Man still has nightmares 42 years after war By JohnKryger - Staff Writer ORANGEBURG Harold Moran can talk about his prisoner-'of-war experiences, but he still gets nightmares. The 74-year-old Garnerville resident was held prisoner by the Germans for two years in World War II. He survived three POW , camps and a seven-week death . march. ' Moran, now chairman of the county American Legion Prison-; ers of WarMissing in Action, was among about 100 veterans at the county POWMIA Day ceremony last night. What started as a sunset program turned into a candlelight i Beanie Babies 4&H Wizard Worid (914) 624-2224 51 "XS?"'" 3 &asd Avenue, SSld Quality Pre-Qwned OFFICE FURNITURE Desks, Tables, Safes & More 3 - . t " - ! ' V . . iwnrtirturt'' i remembrance of the 77,000 World War II, 8,000 Korean War and 2,200 Vietnam War POWs and MIAs. Veterans came with wives, children and grandchildren, dressed in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War jackets and caps. Some just wore the black and white MIA T-shirt, symbolic of the national MIA flag. Moran was a member of the 45th Infantry in Italy when he was captured. He led the point of an 11-man squad in Monte Casino that encountered a Nazi combat platoon of 100. Moran and his comrades fought for 15 minutes but were badly outnumbered. His whole left side was hit with shrapnel. "I spent two months in a German army hospital in Italy," said Moran, who says he still has leg and knee problems. "Then we were taken in boxcars through BUY 5ELL TRADE SUNDAY SEPT. 21st 11 AM -4 PM $6Adult $3Child Under 12 ($1 OFF Each wAd; Under 6 FREE) HOLIDAY INN Suffern, NY (NY5 Thruway, Exit 145) Peal8rFurther Info: 201-613-6164 i am f I vt i the Brenner Pass to Stalag 7-A in Moosburg," now in Germany. Moran was in that camp for three months, then was shipped to Stalag 2-B on the Polish-German border. "They worked us seven days a week for 10 hours on work farms," he said. "Then, they got nice and only worked us six days. If it wasn't for the Red Cross packages, we would have starved to death." With the Russians advancing, Moran and his fellow prisoners were put on a seven-week death march in the winter of 1945 from their camp to Neustadt, Brandenburg, Germany. "We called it the Black March," he said. "Not all of us made it." Liberated by Russian forces in April 1945, Moran and two other POWs made it back to the Ameri I 7T r s 7 'our (Exclusive ; I ? V W'.K Staff photoPeter Carr can lines on borrowed civilian bikes and by using a homemade canoe to cross the Elbe River. He still has POW demons. "I used to drive my wife crazy, waking up in the middle of the night, still fighting the war," Moran said. "I go once a week to a veterans' counseling group at the county health center. We sit around and talk about our war experiences. It helps." The ceremony last night, complete with color guard, rifle salutes and speeches, ended with the singing of "God Bless America" by Rosie Jackson. But not before a challenge was issued by retired Army Gen. William Ward, a 46-year veteran of four wars. "It's up to the veterans' groups to keep alive the memories of the POWs and MIAs," Ward said. "They gave their tomorrows for our todays." , tam a 1 i ; BtS Hi i; mm t 1. 1 i ; , '. t By Kathryn Winiarski Staff Writer Nyack Hospital will be awarded a $10,000 grant for breast cancer programs as a reward for signing up so many staffers in Sunday's fund-raising road race in Manhattan. The hospital registered 366 employees for the "New York Race for the Cure," more than any other facility in the under-300-bed category. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which sponsored the 7th annual walking and running race, is expected to hand over the check in a few weeks, possibly at a ceremony at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan. "We can earmark the money for any use, as long as its benefiting the cancer patients in our community," said Carol Enri-quez, nurse manager of the oncology unit at Nyack Hospital, who was instrumental in rounding up participants. There is no shortage of suggestions for use of the money. One idea is to offer free mammograms. Another is to refurbish an aging fourth-floor lounge and kitchen area, where cancer patients meet with their families and prepare meals. "The funds specify you have to use it for patient care, so we thought that would really fit," said Nyack Hospital spokeswoman Nancy Kriz. "It needs to be renovated. The appliances need to be changed. We needed to find a way to fund that renovation." Members of the hospital's administrative, medical and nursing staff will jointly choose a project, Kriz said. This was the first year that Nyack Hospital had a team participate in the race, and Enri-quez was determined to win. The more people she signed up, the Cancer awareness seminar offered WEST NYACK A free cancer awareness seminar for men and women of all ages will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Wayne Fords' Rockland Lincoln Mercury, 55 N. Route 303. Guest speakers are Dr. Ira Jaffrey, an oncologist at Palisades Oncology Associates; Dr. Lawrence F. Simon, director of surgery at Nyack Hospital; and Dr. Beatrice Bloom, director of radio oncology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. I J mmm mirit. nmmi iRUiiltlH! more money that would be raised for breast cancer research and education. She has a particularly keen interest in raising funds, since her mother died of breast cancer in 1987. Her first strategy was to station Rose Cahill, a patient care associate, in the cafeteria. Cahill worked wonders by courting everyone she could and registering many. "Putting Rose in the cafeteria, and letting Rose talk to people, made it all come together," Enri-quez said. Doctors also helped out. Dr. Sheryl Leventhal, a staff oncologist at Nyack Hospital, and Dr. Laura Sudarsky, a reconstructive surgeon in New City, funded two buses to transport racers to Manhattan. Nyack Hospital paid for another two buses. Ellen Mandel, who helped recruit New York hospitals to take part in the race, is looking for people to help next year. She will hold an organizational meeting in October. Those who wish to attend should call her at 634-1781 for information. More than 18,000 people registered for the race this year, bringing in 6,000 more participants than in 1996. "Now that the women in Rockland know the score, maybe they want to volunteer so next year's race will be bigger and better," Mandel said. Rockland organizations that address breast health care and care for under-served women can also benefit from the race, even if they did not take part in the event. More than $75,000 in grants are available from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Call the Race for the Cure office at 212-293-0570 to determine application eligibility. The effectiveness of mammograms is among the topics to be discussed. Rockland has the second-highest breast cancer rate in New York. Limited seating is available, and those who wish to attend may register at Rockland Lincoln Mercury or at Drug World locations in New City and Nyack. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Zina Phillips at 358-6400.

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