Cancer Study area expanded to eastern Sandusky Co.
The Sandusky County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio EPA have expanded the former Clyde Cancer Study area to include all of Eastern Sandusky County, encompassing parts of Fremont.
The collaborating study partners would like to include as much health information as possible from affected families. They are currently requesting information from persons or family members of persons who may be candidates to be included in the study.
If you or a close family member were diagnosed with cancer and meet the following criteria - diagnosed since 1996, diagnosed with any type of cancer at age 19 or younger, lived in eastern Sandusky County at the time of diagnoses¬ - contact the Sandusky County Health Department at 419-334-6377 to talk with the Director of Nursing, Dawn Mason, or the Director of Environmental Health, Mary Dennis.
Those who are not sure if they or their member might be a part of the study area, are encouraged to call as well.
Diverse blood donors needed
Blood donors from diverse backgrounds can take their place in history by making and keeping an appointment to help save a life during Black History Month in February.
African-Americans have a distinguished history in shaping blood services programs within the American Red Cross. In the 1940s, medical researcher Dr. Charles Drew laid the groundwork for today’s modern blood donation program through his innovative work in blood banking. And the world-renowned Holland Research Laboratory in Rockville, Md., bears the name of educator and U.S. Ambassador Jerome Holland who streamlined the growth of Red Cross laboratories in the early 1980s.
“African-Americans have played a key role in modern blood banking,” said Dr. Nurjehan Quraishy, medical director for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. “Black History Month is a great way to recognize that legacy, and to encourage donors of all ethnicities to give blood.”
African-Americans have the power to make a unique contribution to America’s blood supply since more than 50 percent of people with African descent have type O blood. About 20 percent of African-Americans also have type B blood, which is higher than other populations. Several rare blood types are also unique to the African-American community.
“We need donors of all ethnicities to help meet patient needs,” said Quraishy, adding that the most compatible blood for some seriously ill patients is most likely to come from someone with the same ethnic or genetic background. “Sometimes, it’s that single donation from a particular person that can make a difference in someone’s life.”
Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a blood donation appointment or visit redcrossblood.org to locate a blood drive.
H1N1 clinics set
The Sandusky County Health Department is now taking appointments for H1N1 vaccination clinics scheduled throughout February. Appointment times are available to anyone over 6 months of age who would like to receive the H1N1 vaccine.
Appointments are being scheduled for Feb. 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Feb. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. To schedule an appointment, call 419-334-6377.
Individuals attending the clinics should dress in layers, with short sleeves available for ease of vaccination; there will be no privacy. The vaccine is free.
Walleye out for blood
On Feb. 16, the Toledo Walleye will hold their inaugural blood drive at the Lucas County Arena in the Aquarium room from 2 to 7 p.m. Donors who schedule an appointment will receive a ticket to a Walleye game. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Tickets are limited.
Courage 2 Change is an addiction support group that meets Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 5757 Starr Ave. in Oregon.
The group is open to all addicts, family, and friends and qualifies for court-ordered meetings. For more information, call 419-691-9701.
DivorceCare, a program designed to help people going through divorce, including what to do after the divorce is finalized will meet for 13 Tuesdays Feb. 16 through May 11 at 7 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 5757 Starr Ave. in Oregon. For more information call 419-691-9701.
Bay Park offering vascular screenings
Bay Park Community Hospital will host free vascular screenings on the second Monday of every month, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Those seeking screenings must be over the age of 65 or over age 50 if they have a history of one or more of the following risk factors: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking or family history of vascular disease.
The following screenings will be offered:
• A carotid scan, which is a painless ultrasound test to help identify the risk of stroke;
• An aortic scan, which is a painless ultrasound test to detect an abdominal aneurysm ¬¬– a potentially fatal condition;
• A Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) test to measure the circulation in the legs.
An abdominal aneurysm often has no symptoms and is left undetected unless discovered during a routine physical exam or chest X-ray. PAD affects eight to 12 million Americans, and people with PAD are three to four times more likely to die of a heart attack or stroke.
Medicare-qualified seniors are eligible for a one time aortic aneurysm screening exam within the first 12 months of enrollment. To qualify, participants must inform the screener at the time of their exam.
For more information or to register, call 419-690-7845. If currently being treated for vascular disease, BPCH cannot provide vascular screenings at this time.
Benefit set for Doug Siefert
A benefit for Doug Siefert will be held Feb. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Eastwood High School, 4900 Sugar Ridge Rd., Pemberville.
Siefert, who has been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, is undergoing treatments and has been unable to work for months. He and his wife Vicki are the parents of Ashley, Austin and Brennan. They are members of the Eastwood community and Zion Lutheran Church in Luckey.
The fundraiser will include a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. A free-will donation will be accepted for the dinner. Tickets are available at all Eastwood School offices and at the church. There will also be a corn hole tournament in them auxiliary gym, a three-point shooting contest in the main gym and a silent auction, conducted in the main hallway.
From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Kate Jordan & Soul Venture will perform in the auditorium. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. there will be performances by “The Followers,” under the direction of Cindy Krock; Eastwood choirs under the direction of Jennifer Conklin; and “SonFire,” of Zion Lutheran Church in Luckey.
For more information, contact Melinda Juergens at 419-266-1532 or visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/dougsiefert.