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June 15, 1999

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Kelly Ripken Hosts Benefit at Camden Yards for Hopkins Thyroid Program

Kelly Ripken, wife of Baltimore Orioles star Cal Ripken Jr., will host a dinner Thursday, June 24, at Camden Yards to benefit her thyroid education and patient care program at Johns Hopkins. The dinner, which starts at 6 p.m., will be held in the Designated Hitters Lounge, 4th Floor of the stadium's Warehouse.

The Kelly G. Ripken Program: A Johns Hopkins Resource for Thyroid Education and Patient Care, offers patients and their families assistance in understanding thyroid conditions. Ripken, who has Graves' disease, is co-director of the program with her physician, Paul Ladenson, M.D., Hopkins' director of endocrinology and metabolism. The program also provides free blood tests, which can identify people with an underactive or overactive thyroid gland.

A total of 1,339 patients have received free thyroid screenings since the program was established in February 1998. In addition, the hotline has logged 3,218 phone calls and the Web site has received 964 hits.

Testing is offered at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, Hopkins' Green Spring Station location in Lutherville and at ProHealth in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Ripken and Dr. Ladenson are available for interviews about the program and thyroid disease. To interview Mrs. Ripken, call The Tufton Group at 410-823-0808. To interview Dr. Ladenson, call me at 410-955-1534.

For more information about the Ripken program or to make an appointment, call 410-614-1174 or toll-free 1-888-595-2131. To make an appointment at the Woodlawn location, call 410-281-1600. Information also is available on the Internet http://thyroid-ripken.med.jhu.edu.

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