Safe from the Sun walk raising melanoma awareness
The first annual Walkathon for Melanoma will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Rd., Oregon.
Organizers for the walkathon, Cindy Pickett, of Elmore, and Eleanor Riffle, of Millbury, are dedicating the event in honor of Pickett’s son, Micah, a 2000 graduate of Lake High School, who was diagnosed with melanoma in 2005. “Though Micah is doing well, we wanted to increase awareness about melanoma and to raise funds for the Melanoma International Fund,” said Riffle, who is Micah’s mother-in-law.
Registration for the 5K, three-mile walk is $20 per person, which includes a t-shirt. Participants will get a goodie bag containing sunscreens and information about skin cancer.
Pre-registration is available at www.safefromthesun.org. Registration will also be available the day of the event, though there will be no guarantee of receiving a t-shirt.
Supporters of the event include Mercy St. Charles Cancer Center and Mercy Health Partners and Mr. Emblem.
Memory Walk will support Alzheimer’s
The annual Toledo-area Memory Walk sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, will be held Sept. 20 at the Toledo Zoo.
Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. for the walk, which begins at noon. The honorary chairperson of this year’s walk is attorney Tom Helberg. The walk will begin in the zoo’s Anthony Wayne parking lot.
Proceeds from the walk support research and programs and services, including support groups, the Helpline service, Safe Return program, care consultation services, a speakers’ bureau, resource libraries and many other free educational programs and services to individuals, their families and caregivers.
The symbolic walk is less than one mile. To register or make a donation, call 1-800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/nwohio.
Arthritis, joint replacement discussion
Dr. Benjamin Salpietro, orthopedic surgeon from the West Side Orthopedic Group in Maumee, will discuss “Arthritis and Joint Replacement” Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Portage Valley Retirement Community, 20311 Pemberville Rd. in Pemberville.
Dr. Salpietro, a native of Toledo, joined the West Side Orthopedic Group in 1997. He is board certified, is the section head of orthopedics at St. Luke’s Hospital and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
For more information, call Jeff Bassett at 419-516-3261.
Toledo Children’s Hospital will host its annual newborn intensive care unit reunion Sunday, Sept. 20, from 1- 4 p.m., at The Ability Center of Greater Toledo, located at 5605 Monroe St. in Sylvania.
The event, which reunites families to celebrate the accomplishments of former NICU patients, will feature crafts and games, entertainment, refreshments and a surprise visitor.
“The staff and NICU families really enjoy spending this time together,” says Judy Gresky, NICU director. “Our jobs can be emotionally demanding, but seeing the children as they grow and thrive helps us to remember why we get up each morning and do what we do.”
Toledo Children’s Hospital NICU has the region’s largest Level III NICU and a Level III Regional Perinatal Center for high-risk infants.
For more information about Toledo Children’s Hospital, visit www.promedica.org.
Wood Co. sets flu clinics
The Wood County Health District has scheduled the following clinics for seasonal flu shots:
• Oct. 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Bradner American Legion Hall, 209 W. Crocker St.
• Oct. 15, 4-6 p.m., Wood County Health Department.
• Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-noon, Pemberville – American Legion Hall, 405 E. Front St.
• Oct. 19, 1-3 p.m., Wood County Health Department.
• Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-noon, Walbridge- Mainstreet Church, 705 N. Main St.
• Oct 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Wood County Health Department
• Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-noon, Northwood Municipal Building, 8000 Wales Rd.
The cost of the vaccine is $20 for those 3 and older and $10 for those 3 and younger. Payment methods include cash, checks, Medicare and Medicaid. No debit or credit cards will be accepted. Shot records and Medicare/Medicaid cards should be brought to the clinic. All forms of Medicaid will cover the vaccine for children.
For more information, call 419-352-8402.
Flu clinic offered in Sandusky Co.
The Sandusky County Health Department will offer a seasonal influenza vaccination clinic Oct. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Flower Building, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends the seasonal influenza vaccine for people at high risk for complications from seasonal flu, including:
• Children age 6 months until their fifth birthday.
• Pregnant women.
• People 50 years of age and older.
• People of any age with a chronic medical condition.
• People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
• People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from seasonal flu including household
contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age and health care workers.
Individuals attending the clinic should dress in layers, with short sleeves available for ease of vaccination; there will be no privacy.
The cost of the vaccine is $20. Medicare and Medicaid will be accepted if cards are brought to the clinic. A photo ID should also be brought, if available.
Light the Night Walk
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Annual Light the Night® Walk, designed to raise money and awareness for blood cancers, will be held Oct. 17 at Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo.
Participants in the event will walk a one-mile route while carrying colored balloons - white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.
Check-in will be held at 5:30 p.m. A Remembrance Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. and the walk will commence at 7:30 p.m.
The LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
For more information, or to learn how to form a team, visit www.lightthenight.org/noh
Buddy Walk set for Oct. 4
In conjunction with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo (DSAGT) will host the 8th Annual Buddy Walk™ Oct. 4 at the University of Toledo Rocket Hall, located at the corner of Dorr and Secor.
The goal of the event is to promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion for people with Down syndrome. Individuals with Down syndrome, their families, friends and all supporters are invited to walk to support DSAGT’s local programs and NDSS’s education, research and advocacy efforts.
Through the month of October, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, more than 225 Buddy Walks will be held throughout the U.S.
Registration will begin at 10 a.m. for the noon walk. Registration fees are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Registration includes a t-shirt, lunch and a day full of fun, including pedal cars, an inflatable obstacle course, games, face painting and more.
Registration forms may be downloaded at www.dsagt.org or call 419-536-4321. Volunteers are welcome. Contact Amber at
for more information.
Donate blood during National Preparedness Month
The American Red Cross is among a coalition of organizations urging Americans to understand what it means to be ready for emergencies by observing the Sixth Annual National Preparedness Month this September.
“There are several simple steps all of us can take to prepare for emergencies in our homes, businesses and communities,” said Annie Marckel, communications manager for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. “One of those is blood donation.”
Supporting blood donation or giving blood is paramount to any community preparedness plan since hospitals need blood on the shelves to respond to patient need.
To learn more about National Preparedness Month, visit redcross.org or ready.gov. Find out how to be Red Cross Ready through a free on-line tutorial that takes about 20 minutes. Visit redcross.org/BeRedCrossReady.
Through Sept. 26, donors who give blood through the Western Lake Erie region of the American Red Cross can enter to win a Harley-Davidson Iron from Napoleon Harley-Davidson.
To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givelife.org. Locally, a blood rive will be held Sept. 17 from noon to 6 p.m. at Echo Meadows Church of Christ , 2905 Starr Ave., Oregon. Visit givelife.org for other upcoming drives.