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Oregon Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Relay for Life
Oregon residents will gather at Clay High School Friday, May 21 at 6 p.m. to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in this community.

Over the previous decade, Relay for Life of Oregon has raised $304,000 in support of the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during the relay.

The event brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups – people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by finding cures and by fighting back.

Relay for Life began in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, took the first step of his 24-hour walk around a track in Tacoma, Wash., and raised $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society.

Relay for Life of Oregon will host an open house March 27 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Branch Library for anyone interested in learning more about getting involved in the fight against cancer.

For more information on how to get involved, visit www.RelayForLife.org. To learn more about the American Cancer Society, call anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.


Promoting spine health
The Toledo Spine Center will be conducting a two-part informational program on spine health, and in particular, osteoporosis and vertebral compression fractures March 8 and 15 at the Pemberville Area Senior Center, located at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.


Fundraiser benefits Eastwood youth
A spaghetti dinner benefit will be held for Eastwood Middle School sixth-grader Maddie Cherry, who has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, March 13 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Pemberville American Legion, 205 Perry St.

Funds raised will help the family with ongoing medical expenses. In addition to dinner, the event will include karaoke, a cornhole tournament, 50/50 raffles and door prizes. The requested donation  is $8 for adults and $6 for children.

Those who are unable to attend may make donations to the Maddie Cherry Benefit Account at Fifth Third Bank branches.  


Raising AIDS awareness
“You Can Talk to Me,” a program in observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, will be held March 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St., Toledo.

The program is intended to educate mothers, grandmothers, guardians and caregivers of girls and young women about how to talk to them about safer sex. In addition, free and confidential HIV testing will be offered.

The event is free. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Michele at AIDS Resource Center Ohio at 419-241-9444, ext. 413.

The event is not sponsored by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.


Community drug drop-off
Oregon Community and Family Coalition (OCFC) and the Oregon Police Department will host a Community Drug Drop-off March 13 at the City of Oregon Complex, 5330 Seaman Rd., Oregon.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., unused, unwanted or expired medications may be dropped off for proper disposal. Properly disposing of your unused or unwanted medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, reduces risk of accidental poisoning, environmental contamination and misuse.

No questions will be asked, and everyone is welcome to participate. For more information, contact Dave Bensch at 419-720-1708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Parkinson’s support
The Memorial Hospital Physical Medicine Department hosts bi-monthly Parkinson’s disease support groups on the second Tuesday of every other month (starting in January).

The March meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in the Chestnut Cafe. Meetings will follow in May, July, September and November.

Health-care professionals from Memorial, such as physical and occupational therapists, dietitians and other experts offer information for those affected by Parkinson’s. A question-and-answer session and social time will follow the speakers.

The speaker for March's meeting is Nancy Temme from the Parkinson’s Foundation of Northwest Ohio who will discuss the foundation’s mission, activities and more.

For more information, contact Lesley King at 419-334-6630.


Rummage & Bake Sale
The Tiki Warriors Relay for Life Team will hold a rummage and bake sale to benefit the American Cancer Society March 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Genoa American Legion Hall, Post 324, 302 West St., Genoa.

Chicken sandwiches, chips and pop will be available for a small donation between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information, to donate items or to join the team, call Kim Coppes or Tami Coppes, Relay for Life team captains at 419-855-4370.


Raising awareness
Did you know that there are over 400 people in Ottawa County living successful lives with disabilities?

Their success depends, in large part, on the support and encouragement of this community. In coordination with this year’s campaign, Opening Doors to Success, employees of RVI, Inc. will be out opening doors for you.

Look for staff and clients of Riverview Industries at local National Banks of Oak Harbor, KeyBanks and Bassett’s Market on Fridays during the month of March.

For more information or to volunteer, call 419-898-5250 ext. 305.


March classes offered
National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Wood County is offering a series of classes in March.

A 12-week series of free Family to Family classes is for family members of those who have had experience with emotional/mental/neurobiological brain disorders.

Among the topics to be discussed are major mental illnesses, the biology of the brain, medications, coping skills and ways to communicate more effectively. The class, which will begin March 23 at 6:30 p.m., will be held at Village Court North in the Community Room, 311 Parkview Ave., Bowling Green.

The Hand-To-Hand Family Education Program has been developed for parents and caregivers of children who have been diagnosed with an emotional/ mental/ neurobiological brain disorder. This course will help parents to cope with unique stresses as well as to assist them in caring for their own well-being.

Hand to Hand will be offered on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon beginning March 20. The course will be held at Village Court North in the Community Room (311 Parkview Ave, Bowling Green).

If you or someone you know can benefit from one of these classes contact NAMI Wood County via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 419-352-0626.


Celebrating volunteers
A decade into the new century, the American Red Cross continues to build on its core purpose of helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. And for a month each spring, the 129-year-old organization thanks the countless volunteers who have been helping to change lives since 1881.

Every year, since 1943, the President of the United States issues a proclamation that designates March as Red Cross Month. The tradition began when Franklin D. Roosevelt appealed to the American public to assist the Red Cross during World War II.

From 1941 to 1945, the American Red Cross collected more than 13 million blood donations through the National Blood Donor Service program. Shortly following the war, the Red Cross introduced its National Blood Program for civilians by opening the first blood collection center in Rochester, N.Y.

“We’ve always been about providing opportunities to help save lives through blood donations,” said Annie Marckel, communications manager for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. “Our strength, then as well as now, lies in the active involvement of people who come forward as volunteers to help meet needs in their community and across the country.”

Red Cross Month is marked by celebrations of blood donors, as well as volunteers in areas like disaster relief, health and safety training, support to military members and their families, and blood donations.

“March is a time we can honor the contributions Red Cross volunteers make to our nation,” said Marckel. “It’s a time, too, when we like to encourage more people to get involved through the simple act of blood donation or by volunteering at a blood drive in their community.”

How to donate – To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.


ENT consultants welcomed
ProMedica Physician Group, a member of ProMedica Health System, welcomed Northwest Ohio ENT Consultants to the campus of Bay Park Community Hospital, located at 2801 Bay Park Dr., Oregon.

Suzanne Corado, certified nurse practitioner (CNP), will be providing care to patients at this new location. As a CNP, she is licensed in Ohio to diagnose, manage and prescribe medications for sudden illnesses and chronic, long-term conditions.

Corado earned her master’s degree in nursing from The University of Toledo College of Nursing. She has previously served as a family nurse practitioner and clinical nurse instructor, supervising nursing students at Toledo Hospital.

Suzanne is accepting new patients and all major insurances. For an appointment, please call 419-690-8779. For more information, visit www.promedica.org.


Heart Ball Set
The American Heart Association will host its 13th annual Glass City Heart Ball, March 27 at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, downtown Toledo.

More than 350 guests will join event Chairman Dr. Paul Berlacher to honor Stu Goldberg and Dr. Buzz Hermann for the 2010 Legacy of Achievement Award and 2010 Legacy of Leadership Award for their outstanding contribution to the American Heart Association and the community.

The event, which will be emceed by Laura Emerson of Fox Toledo, has a theme this year of “Remember When…Medical Milestones,” celebrating the outstanding historical and medical milestones throughout the millennium.

In addition to the awards presentation, guests will enjoy fine dining, dancing, entertainment and both silent and live auctions. Tickets are $175 per person and $1,600 for a table. Proceeds raised from the event will facilitate research, education and advocacy programs throughout Toledo, including public health advocacy campaigns, physical activity and nutrition education and CPR courses.

For more information call Wendy Keener at 419-740-6180.

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