July 23, 2013

Health Briefs: July 23, 2013


---- — Red Cross needs blood donors

MALONE — Residents of Malone are partnering with the American Red Cross for a “Communities that Care” blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Malone Moose Lodge, 4077 Route 11. 

The drive is a Red Cross initiative to engage local citizens and boost regional blood supplies by enlisting community support.

Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down about 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood and platelet donations, as regular donors delay giving while they adjust to summer schedules. 

The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients all summer long. Each day, the American Red Cross New York-Penn Blood Region needs about 1,200 donors to give blood. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood.

As a special thank you, all presenting donors at this blood drive will receive a free T-shirt. 

Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1 (800) RED-CROSS or by visiting


Immunization clinic set in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Franklin County Public Health will hold an immunization clinic Wednesday, July 31, at 136 Broadway in Saranac Lake.

The clinic will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., and walk-ins are accepted.

For more information, call 481-1709.


Big Latch On set for Aug. 2

PLATTSBURGH — Breastfeeding women and their families are invited to participate in The Big Latch On at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, on CVPH Medical Center’s front lawn. 

The Plattsburgh event is part of a worldwide endeavor to promote breastfeeding as a healthy start for babies. It is sponsored by the Alice T. Miner Center at CVPH, the Clinton County Health Department and WIC Program.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., and moms and babies should be settled on the front lawn by 10:20. The official counting will begin at 10:30. 

On both Aug. 2 and 3, groups of breastfeeding women will come together at registered locations around the world to latch on their child at a set time. They are latched on for 1 minute and are counted by designated witnesses. The goal is to set a world record for the most babies latched on across the globe at one time. In 2012, 8,862 women and their children came together and breastfed simultaneously. About 30 women and their children participated locally last year.

Parking will be available in the Emergency Care Center lot. A blanket or lawn chair and an umbrella (in case of rain) is recommended. Gift bags will be awarded to the youngest and oldest nursing. A reception will follow the event. 

For more information, call the CVPH Public Relations Office at 562-7320.


Retreat set for women with cancer, chronic illness

RAQUETTE LAKE — The Arts and Healing Retreat for Women with Cancer and Chronic Illness will start at 3 p.m. Sept. 20.

The two-day retreat will be held  at Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake.

For information, call 390-3899.


Marathon to benefit Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

PERU — The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation will benefit from the Octoberfest Half Marathon & 10K set for 9 a.m. Oct. 12 at Peru Fire Department at 752 Bear Swamp Road.

To register, go to

For more information, call 569-8566.