Health briefs - Benefit planned for Clay student battling Ewing’s sarcoma

Tammy Walro

        A taco bar benefit to help “Make Logan’s Wish Come True” will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 from 3-9 p.m. at Northwood VFW Post 2984, 103 W. Andrus Rd.
        The fundraiser will benefit Clay High School student Logan Roberts, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing’s Sarcoma Cancer in December 2018 at the age of 15.
        Ewing’s Sarcoma attacks the bone and tissue of the body. At the time of his diagnosis, Logan was a sophomore at Clay. Since then, he has undergone more than 28 radiation treatments, along with chemotherapy and surgery, during which a tumor and two ribs were removed. He missed half of his sophomore year, and will miss half of his junior year. He will be taking online classes with the goal of graduating with his class in 2021.
        Logan’s wish is to visit Hawaii with his family and best friend.
        In addition to the taco bar, the fundraiser will include music, a silent auction and 50/50 raffles. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 seniors and youths 12 and younger.
        Donations of items for the taco bar, as well as desserts, drinks and gift baskets are appreciated. Contact Charles Middlebrooks at 419-787-7866 or email for more info.
Foot & Ankle care program
        Dr. Clay Carmody, Mercy Health – Orthopaedic Surgeon with a specialization in foot and ankle care, will share insight about foot and ankle conditions and how they are treated at a program Monday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. at Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg.
        There is no cost to attend. RSVP is requested by calling 888-987-6372 or emailing
The program is a part of the Mercy Health – Better Living Speaker Series held at the library.
        “The foot and ankle are often taken for granted, until something stops working properly, gets injured or causes pain,” said Dr. Carmody. “Correcting these problems allows people to get back to their passions, whether it be walking without pain, returning to work or playing sports. “
Matter of Balance
        The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will be holding a “Matter of Balance” course at the Perrysburg Area Senior Center, 140 West Indiana Ave. (Schaller Building) Tuesdays Sept. 10-Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-noon.
        The cost to participate in the six-week course, which is sponsored by Aetna Better Health of Ohio, is $15.
        Class participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risk at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Attendees will receive a manual for training purposes and a certificate upon completion of the course.
        For info or to register, call the Programs Department of WCCOA at 419-353-5661 or email
Opioid Crisis Seminar
        St. John Lutheran Church, 21140 W. Toledo St., Williston, will host an Opioid Crisis Seminar Sunday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m.
        The seminar is sponsored by the church Stewardship Committee. Guest speakers will include Nate Kehlmeier, Recovery Institute of Ohio; Oak Harbor Police Officer Taylor Beck; Ottawa County Commissioner Mark Stahl and Trevor Johnson, Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office.
        Light supper will be served at 5 p.m. RSVP by calling Mike Mann at 416-654-4206.
Sandusky Co. Health Survey
        During the next several weeks, Sandusky County Health Partners, in conjunction with The Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio will be conducting a health assessment of Sandusky County.
        This assessment, a customized version of standardized CDC surveys (BRFSS/YRBS), will provide in-depth information on the health status of Sandusky County and allow for comparison with others in our region, state, and nation. In addition, health trends can be tracked by looking at the results of this assessment along with assessments conducted in years past.
        The survey is anonymous and confidential answers will be added to those from other residents in Sandusky County. Only group results will be analyzed. The results of these surveys are important in helping local agencies identify key health problems and needs of Sandusky County adults, youth and children. It also allows community agencies and special interest groups to write better grants, identify and establish directed plans based on need, and address unmet needs within the county.
        The Community Health Assessment findings are organized by the following topics: Health Perceptions; Health Care Coverage; Health Care Access; Cardiovascular Health; Cancer; Arthritis, Asthma & Diabetes; Weight Control; Tobacco Use; Alcohol Consumption; Marijuana & Other Drug Use; Women’s Health & Men’s Health; Preventative Health Screenings & Behaviors; Sexual Behavior & Pregnancy Outcomes; Quality of Life; Mental Health & Suicide; Youth Safety & Violence Issues; Oral Health; Youth Perceptions; Hispanic Health; African American Health. Watch for the release of the final children’s health assessment report in the spring of 2020.
        Established in 1993, Health Partners is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Sandusky County residents by identifying and addressing local health issues. It is a membership organization that includes, among others, The Bellevue Hospital, Community Health Services, Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services, Fremont City Schools, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, Jennifer Greenslade-Hohman, MD, Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of SSW, ProMedica Memorial Hospital, Sandusky County Department of Job & Family Services, Sandusky County Board of DD, Sandusky County Family & Children First Council, Sandusky County Juvenile & Probate Court, Sandusky County Public Health, and United Way of Sandusky County.
        For more info about the survey, contact Stacey Gibson at the Sandusky County Public Health at 419-334-6377.
Magruder health screening, Alzheimer’s support program
        Magruder Hospital, 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton, offers a health screening on the second Thursday of every month starting at 9 a.m. in the lab. The test is a venipuncture/blood draw rather than a finger stick, and will include a basic metabolic panel (glucose, BUN/creatinine, calcium, potassium, sodium, chloride, CO2, etc.) and a lipid profile (total cholesterol/LDL/HDL/triglycerides), as well as a blood pressure check. The cost is $16. The next screening will be held Sept. 12. Appointments may be made by calling 419-734-3131, ext. 3420.
        Alzheimer’s support
        Magruder’s monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. in the Conference Center. Meeting on the second Monday of each month, the group provides helpful tips, education, encouragement and resources to family, friends and caregivers of anyone dealing with dementia and memory loss.
        For more info about the program as well as other support groups, events and screenings, visit and click on the events calendar.
Ability Center Auxiliary Imagine! Style Show
        The Auxiliary to The Ability Center’s Style Show, Imagine! will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2 at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee.
        The fundraiser benefits Ability Center programs including life skills for youth with disabilities, training and placing of assistance dogs, equipment gifting, home modifications, and college scholarships for local high school students.
        Guests can shop local vendors, participate in raffles and a silent auction, enjoy lunch, and experience fashions from Chico’s Franklin Park, Elegant Rags, Ragazza, J.Jill, Vivian Kate, and The Optical Shoppe. The event will be emceed by 13abc’s Sashem Brey.
         Vendors, a raffle, cocktails and the silent auction begin at 10:15 a.m. Luncheon will be served at 11:50 a.m., followed by the style show at 12:50 p.m.
        Tickets are $40 and must be purchased by Friday, Sept. 20. For more details, call 419-885-5733 or visit
        The Ability Center is a nonprofit Center for Independent Living (CIL) supports equitable and inclusive communities for people living with disabilities. Its mission is to assist people with disabilities to live, work, and socialize within a fully accessible community. The Ability Center serves the seven counties of Lucas, Ottawa, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Defiance, and Williams.
Mercy Perrysburg ER recognized for excellence
        Mercy Health – Perrysburg Emergency Department has been awarded the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for Patient Satisfaction.
        This award honors Mercy Health – Perrysburg Emergency Department for reaching the 95th percentile for patient experience, engagement, or clinical quality performance. Guardian of Excellence Awards are awarded annually to clients who sustain performance in the top 5% for each reporting period for the award year.
        Christopher Goliver, MD, noted that this recognition is a reflection of the team’s commitment to Mercy Health’s mission of treating the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. “Going to the ER is a stress on patients, and for some patients it’s the worst day of their lives. Our team recognizes the importance of providing a soothing, caring environment,” he said. “The safety and satisfaction of our patients is at the core of the care we provide, and I’m pleased that our providers and staff have been recognized for their amazing work.”
        In May, Mercy Health completed the expansion of the Perrysburg campus with the opening of a new hospital. The fully functioning community hospital joined the previously opened Mercy Health – Perrysburg Cancer Center and includes operating room suites, inpatient beds and medical offices, in addition to 24/7 Emergency Room, imaging and laboratory care.


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