Volunteer nurses, parenting instructors, advocates sought
Heartbeat of Toledo, a pregnancy resource center which offers free information and support services to women facing pregnancies and help to parents and babies in need, is in need of volunteers to serve as nurses, parenting instructors and advocates.
“Our greatest need right now is for nurses – RNs and LPNs – who would do health assessments and pregnancy tests for the women who come to our offices,” said Pat Todak, executive director.
|The third annual Pemberville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk/Run, held in honor of the late
Robert Kohring, who died in 2010, will be held Sunday, August 17. (Submitted photo)
Heartbeat also needs volunteer advocates who will meet with women facing unplanned pregnancies to provide information and emotional support, and to meet one-on-one with new and expectant moms and dads to facilitate prenatal and parenting lessons.
“Our parenting program is done using a national curriculum called ‘Earn While You Learn,’” Todak said. “Using DVDs, workbooks, and worksheets, we help new and expectant parents learn how to be the best possible moms and dads. With each lesson they complete, the parents earn points that they can use to get the baby items they need, including clothing, diapers, formula, pack and plays, car seats, and more.”
Volunteers are asked to commit to working four hours per week, either weekly or every other week.
For more information or to attend a volunteer orientation, call Heartbeat at 419-241-9131. A volunteer application is also available online at http://heartbeatoftoledo.org.
Heartbeat has locations at 101 Main St. in East Toledo and 4041 W. Sylvania Ave., across from Franklin Park Mall.
Mini Relay for Life
Otterbein Portage Valley, Pemberville, will hold the 3rd Annual Mini Relay for Life Saturday, July 12 from noon-10 p.m., rain or shine.
The theme for this year’s relay is “State of Hope.” Registration will begin at 10 a.m.; survivor registration runs from 10-11:30 a.m.
Throughout the day, there will be entertainment and a number of special laps and events, including a chair auction. The relay will conclude with a Luminaire Ceremony at 9:45 p.m.
To donate or for more information, call 419-833-7000.
Pancreatic cancer walk/run set
The 3rd Annual Pemberville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk/Run will be held Sunday, Aug. 17.
The Kohring family began the walk in 2011 in memory of Robert Kohring, Sr. who died June 26, 2010, only 54 days after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Kohring, who was born, raised and died in Pemberville, was an avid walker, so his family thought it was fitting to have the walk in his home town, his daughter, Lori (Kohring) Laake said.
“We are committed to helping find an early detection and cure for this 4th leading cause of cancer deaths,” she said. “One hundred percent of the donations for this event will go to pancreatic cancer research through the Lustgarten Foundation. Cablevision Corp. involvement and support of the foundation makes this possible.” (Visit www.lustgarten.org for more information.)
Registration will begin at noon at the Pemberville Freedom Township Fire Station, 104 E. Front St. The three-mile walk/run will commence at 1 p.m. The event will also include a balloon launch, music, raffles and special recognition of survivors and a remembrance for those who lost their lives to the disease.
Pre-registration is available online at www.tiny.url/PemPCRWalk2014. Those who sign up by July 15 will receive a free t-shirt.
Call 419-352-0151 or 937-212-8270 for more information.
Music in the air
Susan West, owner of the Studio Connection, a music instruction studio in Bowling Green, will be the featured performer at Otterbein Portage Valley’s July Music in the Air concert Thursday, July 24.
A complimentary luncheon will be served at noon; the concert and sing-a-long will follow the meal. West, a trained musician with degrees from Cedarville University and The Ohio State University, teaches music in addition to performing in the Northwest Ohio region.
To RSVP or for more information, call Jaime Brown at 419-833-8917.
Becky Zibbel Golf Scramble
The Fifth Annual Becky Zibbel Golf Scramble is set for Saturday, Aug. 16 at Chippewa Golf Course, 23550 W. SR 579, Curtice.
Once again this year, all proceeds raised will benefit Shared Lives Studio and will be donated on behalf of Chicks for Charity.
Shared Lives Studio, located at 20 N St Clair St, Toledo, is a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art, including prints, glass art, jewelry and more.
The golf scramble will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The cost is $70 per player and $280 per team. The deadline to register is Aug. 9. Paid entries received by July 31 will receive a t-shirt. New this year at the event will be a helicopter golf ball drop, with tickets costing $10 each or three for $25.
Last year’s event raised more than $12,823 for Shared Lives Studio. For more information, call419-836-1163 or 419-392-5056.
Cystic fibrosis benefit
The 3rd Annual Lorin Grimes Golf Outing to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will take place Sunday, Aug. 3 at Tanglewood Golf Course, 9802 Dowling Rd., Perrysburg.
Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The cost is $55 per person or $220 for a four-person team which includes 18 holes of golf and golf cart, steak dinner and door prizes. A cash bar will be available.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucous that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening infections and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
For more information about registering, becoming a hole sponsor or making a donation, contact Jeremy Grimes at 419-704-5798.
St. Charles project progressing
The Behavioral Health Institute project at Mercy St. Charles Hospital is moving forward rapidly, according to Sarah Bednarski, Public Relations & Internal Communications Manager for Catholic Health Partners Northern Market/Mercy Toledo.
The site work has been completed, and in June, the construction crew began to set precast wall sections in place. The outer shell of the building will be completed, and then the interior work will begin later this summer.
“Mercy and the City of Oregon have been working collaboratively throughout the building project,” Bednarski said.
When complete, the Mercy Behavioral Health Institute will offer comprehensive services, both inpatient and outpatient, in one, centralized location.
The new two-story building, which will connect to the main hospital, will include adult, geriatric and dual diagnoses units, comprising 90 beds. Additionally, the 62,000-square-foot institute will offer a partial hospitalization program. Mercy is exploring partnership opportunities with other providers for additional services, Bednarski added.
ProMedica Photo Exhibit featured
“ProMedica: Revealing Hunger,” a photo exhibit featuring images by nine Toledo-area residents facing hunger, was the topic of a documentary that aired May 29 on WGTE public television.
The exhibit of 27 photos is part of ProMedica’s “Come to the Table” initiative to address hunger as a health issue both locally and nationally.
The exhibit debuted in summer 2013 in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Community Gallery. Exhibit participants began with an early 2013 workshop at the museum, where they learned how to use their new cameras along with information about photo composition, lighting, color, and more. After taking photos over several weeks, the group reconvened at the museum to select the photos that appear in the exhibit.
Since the exhibit made its debut, it has been on display both locally and nationally, including a visit to Capitol Hill in February for a national summit ProMedica co-hosted with one of its Come to the Table partners, the Alliance to End Hunger.
The photos were used to encourage the summit’s audience of healthcare leaders to join ProMedica in addressing hunger as a health issue – and the federal legislators in attendance to protect food-related policies and programs.
“ProMedica: Revealing Hunger” is touring ProMedica hospitals and other venues in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan through early 2015.
For more information about ProMedica’s collaborative anti-hunger initiative, “Come to the Table,” visit promedica.org/cometothetablesummit.
Spray sunscreens may pose risks for children
In light of the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement that it was investigating the potential risks of spray sunscreens, Consumer Reports is advising parents not to use the products on their children.
Of particular concern is the possibility that people might accidentally breathe in the sunscreen ingredients, a risk that’s greatest in children, who – as any parent knows – are more likely to squirm around when they’re being sprayed.
Consumer Reports did re-emphasize its longstanding advice that consumers use sprays carefully, by following these tips:
• Don’t use sprays on children, unless no other product is available. In that case, spray the sunscreen onto your hands and rub it on. As with all sunscreens, be especially careful on the face, taking care to avoid the eyes and mouth.
• Adults can still use sprays—but don’t spray onto the face. Instead, spray on hands and rub it on, making sure to avoid the eyes and mouth. Also, try to avoid inhaling it.
• Make sure you apply enough. Consumer Reports testers found that sprays can work well when used properly, but it is harder to make sure that you apply enough, especially when it’s windy. Spraying as much as can be evenly applied, and then repeat, just to be safe.