A Newburyport resident will be collecting donations for cancer research tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the city’s Market Basket.
Ruth Beberman, a two-time cancer survivor, is running the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team.
Cash and check donations will be accepted tomorrow. Credit card donations can be made online at www.rundfmc.org/2014/ruthb.
Beberman is one of 700 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners from across the country and the world who will run the April 21 marathon with a goal of raising $5.3 million.
All money raised will benefit Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, which supports cornerstone science research in its earliest stages.
Market Basket is located in the shopping plaza at 25 Storey Ave.
Blood drives in local communities
There are several blood drives scheduled this month in the Greater Newburyport region:
Newburyport: Today, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., City Hall, 60 Pleasant St.; Thursday, Feb. 27, 1 to 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low St.
Seabrook: Monday, Feb. 17, 1 to 6 p.m., Trinity United Church, 29 Main St.
Merrimac: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2 to 7 p.m., Merrimac Public Library, 86 W. Main St.
Amesbury: Monday, Feb. 24, 2 to 7 p.m., All Saints’ Anglican Church, 67 Friend St.
Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
There is currently an urgent need for blood and platelets, as the ongoing winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in thousands of uncollected donations.
For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
Peer-led support for mental illness
The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts a Family & Friends Support Group on the first and third Thursday of every month.
The peer-led group is for those who have a loved one dealing with a mental illness and offers understanding, support and resource information.
Sessions are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On the first Thursday of the month, they take place at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 62 Brown St., Haverhill, and on the third Thursday, they are held at Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, 63 State St.
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NAMI Northeast Essex also holds a Connection Peer Support Group, for anyone with a psychiatric diagnosis, at Merrimack Valley Hospital on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information on that group, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group helps those facing addiction
The Freedom From Addictions Chalice Circle meets every Friday at 7 p.m. in Newburyport.
The circle is a one-hour, weekly support group meeting for those with addiction and family and friends who are affected. Though it is not a treatment program, it offers resources and information to help develop a recovery process.
Each circle will be led by a facilitator and will include a chalice lighting, readings and discussion. Meetings are free and take place at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St.
Meetings aid Alzheimer’s caregivers
The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet Wednesday at SeaView Retreat in Rowley.
Those caring for a loved one with diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairment diseases are encouraged to attend. Led by trained facilitators Suzanne Carpentier and Dawn Edwards, meetings offer a safe place for sharing and educational resources.
The group meets twice a month, on the second Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and on the second Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
SeaView is located at 50 Mansion Drive. For more information, call 978-500-2523 or 781-720-9046.
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