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Team Tina: Strike Out Lung Cancer event organizers are putting together a fundraiser to strike out lung cancer and its negative stigma.

The fundraiser will be held June 19 at a Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball game at Regency Furniture Stadium.

Tailgate festivities begin in the parking lot at 4 p.m. with a photo booth, face painting, silent auctions and raffles, followed by a baseball game at 7:05 p.m. between the Blue Crabs and the Somerset Patriots from New Jersey.

Tickets are $13 for field box seats, and $6.50 of each ticket will be donated to the Tina Krahling Fund.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.somdbluecrabs.com. Click on the fundraising login on the right of the page and scroll down to select the TeamTina icon and purchase tickets.

Most people know that smoking causes cancer, according to a news release from Team Tina.

But, many do not realize how many nonsmokers get lung cancer.

Every year, about 16,000 to 24,000 Americans die of lung cancer, even though they have never smoked, the release states. If lung cancer in nonsmokers had its own separate category, it would rank among the top 10 fatal cancers in the U.S.

One in five women with lung cancer have never smoked, and the diagnosis rate among women is increasing, the release states.

Tina Modlin-Krahling, a Charles County native, is among the one in five women who has lung cancer but has never smoked. She and others struggle with the disease itself and with the negative stigma tied to lung cancer.

Modlin-Krahling was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer in May 2012.

She has never been a smoker, was in excellent physical health and was in the hospital delivering her third child when Stage 1 non-small cell lung cancer was detected, the release states.

After surgery and removal of a portion of her lung, Modlin-Krahling was declared cancer-free. But within three months the cancer returned at Stage 4.

For two years she has been through intensive medical treatments including surgery and chemotherapy, but a recent scan revealed the cancer has metastasized to other areas.

The Team Tina: Strike Out Lung Cancer fundraising event will help Modlin-Krahling and her family with mounting medical bills, missed work, travel and other expenses as she continues to fight the disease.

Direct donations will be accepted. Checks can be made payable to the Tina Krahling Fund and mailed to Tina Krahling Fund, c/o Community Bank of the Chesapeake, P.O. Box 1810, La Plata, MD 20646.

Modlin-Krahling, along with other lung cancer patients, also must fight a separate battle — the negative stigma that is associated with the disease, the release states.

Lung cancer is seen by many as a tobacco-related illness that patients somehow bring upon themselves.

Consumers aren’t bombarded by products in white or clear, the colors designated to raise the profile of the disease. It’s ironic that one of the two colors that represent lung cancer awareness is clear — in other words — invisible. Just like the awareness around it, the release states.

The lack of lung cancer awareness is perplexing because it is the leading cause of cancer death in the country, claiming more lives than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined, according to information provided by Team Tina.

While the rate of new lung cancer cases during the past 30 years has dropped by 24 percent for men, it has substantially risen for women, increasing by 100 percent, the release states. The statistics are alarming.

The five-year survival rate is just 16 percent — a statistic that has barely budged since 1975, according to the American Cancer Society.

Through Modlin-Krahling’s diagnosis, people see the strength, positivity and amazing grace that she demonstrates every day as she gets her kids off to school, helps them with their homework, drives them to practice for their sports, supports them at games, meets her friends for “girls night out” and simply lives her life as a wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend, the release states.

The cancer has given her, and those who love her, an avenue to make a difference in people’s lives who have to fight this battle as well.

For more information about the fundraiser, call the office of Pesante Norris Accounting at 301-934-6800.

‘Firebird’ to be performed June 7

“Firebird,” a ballet set to Stravinsky’s 1910 music, will be danced by the students of the Ballet Arts Academy at 7 p.m. June 7 at Westlake High School in Waldorf.

Oscar Hawkins, artistic director of the academy, has brought a style of ballet to Charles County that has previously been known only in the most expensive and most renowned ballet schools, according to a news release from the Charles County Chamber of Commerce.

The style is known as Vaganava, and through it, “dance is bigger than life and stories are told through movement that elicits emotion and awe from the audience,” the release states.

“Firebird,” a magical glowing bird, takes the audience and dancers through both the curse and the blessing of being owned.

Although the dancers are young, each brings renditions that both tell and enhance the story as it unfolds, the release states.

Many of the dancers have been training for more than 10 years several days per week and “dance at a level of expertise seldom seen at such young ages,” the release states.

Grants received from the William Abell Foundation and the Charles County Arts Alliance made it possible to purchase stage props and costumes from Russia.

Scholarships through the Alice Ferguson Foundation and individual donations allow training at affordable costs, intense training that meets the Vaganava standards.

The academy students are competing and earning positions in prominent ballet companies and soon will have the opportunity to join the academy’s company.

To purchase tickets to “Firebird,” go to www.balletartsacademy.org.

Blood drives scheduled in county

American Red Cross blood drives will be held around the county this month. From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 4 a drive will be held at the Charles County government building at 200 Baltimore St. in La Plata. A drive will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at 6855 Crain Highway in La Plata. Waldorf Lions Club will hold a blood drive noon to 5:30 p.m. June 9 at the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department at Old Washington Road. To make an appointment, call 800-GIVE-LIFE. The Loyal Order of the Moose Family Center 1712 will hold a drive 1:30 to 7 p.m. June 26 at the lodge at 11 Town St. in Indian Head. To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org. Call 301-743-7555.