, Newburyport, MA

December 6, 2013

Health Beat: Bone marrow drive at Orange Leaf tomorrow

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Join the Be the Match bone marrow registry during an event from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in Newburyport’s Market Square.

Thousands of patients depend on the registry to find a donor. To join, people need to be between the ages of 18 and 44, be willing to donate to any patient in need, and meet the health guidelines. A simple cheek swab will be taken at the event.

Everyone who joins the registry tomorrow will receive a $5 Orange Leaf gift certificate and a free raffle ticket. Prizes include a number of gift certificates from Newburyport businesses.

Orange Leaf will also provide several activities for children, including crafts, face-painting, storytelling with local author Maggie Van Galen, and a visit from Santa.

Program offers after-breast-cancer help

Applications are being accepted now for Session 11 of the YWCA’s free Encore Program.

Designed for those who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their lives, the session will meet on Wednesdays from Jan. 8 through March 26.

Participants will do land exercises at 5:15 p.m., followed by warm-water pool exercises at 5:50 p.m. The program also includes relaxation techniques and peer group support.

To apply, visit the YWCA membership desk at 13 Market St., Newburyport, or download an application online at Enrollment is limited to 10 participants per session.

For more information, call 978-465-9922, ext. 27.

Memorial to honor kids gone too soon

The Compassionate Friends of Greater Newburyport will hold its 11th annual candle-lighting memorial on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the home of founder Barbara Hopkinson, 64 Northern Blvd., Plum Island.

Hosted to help support families during the holiday season after the death of a child, the event will include a memory tree, where ornaments tailored to loved ones can be placed. Family members may bring their own ornaments or create them with materials supplied by Hopkinson.

Families will also have the opportunity to share humorous stories or favorite memories about the children they’ve lost.

The local memorial ties in with the 17th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting sponsored by The Compassionate Friends international organization.

Hopkinson is the author of “A Butterfly’s Journey: Healing Grief After the Loss of a Child” and the founder of the local Compassionate Friends chapter.

To attend Sunday’s event or for more information, contact Hopkinson at 617-410-6309 or

Tree of Light Ceremony planned

The annual Tree of Light Ceremony will take place Monday at 5 p.m. at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

The Newburyport High School Varsity Chorus, directed by Lisa Zaleski, will perform, and all are welcome to join in the singing at the Highland Avenue entrance.

Light refreshments will follow in the Higgins Conference Room. The Tree of Light Scroll, which remembers and memorializes loved ones, will be on display in the lobby through the holidays. Donations for names benefit the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association, which raises money for patient care and services.

For more information, visit

Initiative helps cystic fibrosis research

A new endeavor by Jewett Farms + Co. is raising money for cystic fibrosis research.

The Off Cuts Initiative is an online workshop that sells products made from 100 percent off-cut materials, wood and stone, that would otherwise be thrown away. The goals are to reduce waste, increase creativity, and use the profits to support local charity and environmental efforts.

Fifty percent of the proceeds are donated to Team Trevor, a Maine nonprofit that has contributed more than $1 million to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The other 50 percent is earmarked for Jewett Farms’ environmental initiatives, including the purchase of a briquette press that will allow the company to turn sawdust into biofuel.

Jewett Farms is based in Newburyport and Dover, N.H. For more information, visit

Scleroderma support group meets monthly

The Scleroderma Foundation’s New England Chapter hosts a North Shore support group on the second Wednesday of every month in Topsfield.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with scleroderma or has a loved one who has been diagnosed is welcome to attend the meetings, which take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the chapter office, 462 Boston St., Suite 1, first floor, Topsfield.

Refreshments will be served, and attendees are invited to bring their own lunches. The building is handicapped-accessible.

For more information, call 978-887-0658.

Blood drives in local communities

There are several blood drives scheduled for this month in the region:

Merrimac: Monday, Dec. 9, noon to 5 p.m., Merrimac Public Library, 86 W. Main St.

Salisbury: Sunday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latitude Sports Club, 191 Elm St.; Monday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cinemagic, 6 Merrill St.

Amesbury: Monday, Dec. 23, 2 to 7 p.m., All Saints Anglican Church, 67 Friend St.

Newburyport: Monday, Dec. 30, 2 to 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low 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.

For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit

Help understanding Alzheimer’s disease

An Alzheimer’s support group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the SeaView Retreat, 50 Mansion Drive, Rowley.

Held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the meetings will help primary caregivers, family members and friends understand Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as offer education resources, guest speakers and peer support.

For more information, call 978-356-5115 or 978-500-2523.


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