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Pastors shoot for end to malaria

February 28, 2013

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Pastors from four United Methodist churches will raise funds to fight malaria by shooting baskets on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church West Campus, 867 U.S. Highway 40.

Pastors Mitch Todd and Tom Brady, both of First United Methodist Church, will each shoot 1,000 free throws at the event, which is from noon to 3 p.m.

Pastors Shirley Edgerton, of Vinland United Methodist, Jay Henderson, Central United Methodist, and Dan Norwood, Centenary United Methodist, will also shoot hoops as part of the event. There will also be a lunch, games and other activities.

All proceeds will be given to the organization Imagine No Malaria. The event is open to the public and there is a $5 suggested donation.

Comments

kernal 2 years, 3 months ago

We got rid of Malaria in the U.S. back in the 1920's, so it is doable.

Being curious, and a bit of a skeptic, I looked up the Imagine No Malaria organization. They provide treated bed nets which repel the infected mosquitoes and they do work.

kernal 2 years, 3 months ago

DDT is being used to fight malaria in some countries, as well as other insecticides.

I can't think of any instance where we need to use it in the U.S. anymore.

Debra Rukes 2 years, 2 months ago

Peer-reviewed scientific studies have related exposure to DDT and its breakdown product, DDE, to increased risk of breast cancer, diabetes, spontaneous abortions, decreased sperm quality and impaired child neurodevelopment. DDT use today has implications for generations to come, given its persistence in the human body and environment.

Malaria takes a devastating toll on human life, but the current use of DDT indoors in Africa and elsewhere has resulted in unprecedented concentrations in blood and breast milk. We still do not know the health effects of DDT in these highly exposed populations. Source: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/letters/2010-05-03-letters03_ST1_N.htm

Ted Kihm 2 years, 2 months ago

Definitely an achievable goal. We have already cut the death rate in half and now have a plan in place of nets, education, drugs and water treatment that will eradicate deaths from the disease on the African continent.. Now it is just a matter of funding the work!

We are having Pizza and watching the Basketball game today! Come on out! 867 Highway 40 - just west of K-10 at 6th Street http://www.facebook.com/events/316417361795113/

Imagine No Malaria!

Imagine No Malaria! by Ted Kihm

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