Press-Republican

June 25, 2013

Health Notes: June 25, 2013

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---- — CancerBgone Dodgeball Saturday

PLATTSBURGH — The CancerBgone Dodgeball Tournament takes place 9 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Wellness Center at PARC, 295 New York Road. All proceeds of this event benefit the FitzPatrick Cancer Center, a program of CVPH and the R5 Renovation Project, a Foundation of CVPH initiative.

Teams of up to eight people (age 15 and older) will compete to be dodgeball champions. Plattsburgh’s Lumber Jills will serve as tournament referees. Cost for admission is $2. Learn more at www.CancerBgone.net.

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Regional blood drives planned

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Regional Blood Donor program, partnering with many community-minded business and organizations, is conducting several blood drives in July. Blood and blood products collected at these drives stay in the North Country to help residents in Clinton, Franklin, Essex and St. Lawrence counties. Here is the upcoming schedule:

Monday, July 1, Keene Valley Neighborhood House, 3 to 6 p.m.; and Champlain Centre Mall, 2 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, July 2, Adirondack Community Church in Lake Placid, 2 to 6 p.m.; and Rouses Point Fire Department, 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3, Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP), 11a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Elizabethtown Community Hospital, 3 to 6 p.m.

Friday July 5, CVPH Medical Center Auditoriums A+B, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about sponsoring a drive or becoming a blood donor call 562-7406 or go online at www.cvph.org. To learn more about the bone marrow registry, www.BetheMatch.org or email marrow@ribc.org.

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Clinton County Suicide Prevention group expands

PLATTSBURGH — The Mental Health Education/Suicide Prevention Committee, originally established in 2004, has recently expanded into the Clinton County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

The coalition is trying “to bring more people to the table, working to educate our communities and prevent our friends and neighbors from taking their own life,” according to a news release. “Suicide is a choice made when someone feels so hopeless and helpless that they see no other choice to relieve the pain. It can be prevented.”

A suicide community hotline can be accessed by calling 1-866-577-3836.

The next meeting, which is open to all, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, in the first-floor meeting room of the Clinton County Government Center, 137 Margaret St., Plattsburgh.

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Parkinson’s Support Group to meet

PLATTSBURGH — The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet Thursday, June 27, at Pine Harbour Senior Living.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the program begins at 6.

This month’s speaker will be Luis Sierra from ADK Yoga discussing mindfulness.