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February 14, 2014

Health Beat:

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.

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