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May 31, 2013

Health Beat: Mass General honors Merrimac woman for cancer-fighting efforts

A Merrimac resident is being honored by the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center for her efforts to fight cancer.

Tina Journeay, a breast cancer survivor who lost both her grandmother and daughter to the disease, is one of 100 people and groups chosen for the one hundred, an annual fundraiser for the hospital.

Journeay is the founder of Tough Warrior Princesses, a nonprofit that raises money for cancer research and assists local women who need rides, meals or other services during their cancer treatments.

Journeay’s 9-year-old daughter, Emma, died of neuroblastoma last year. Just two weeks after Emma’s passing, Journeay organized a team for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund walk. In just eight days, her team raised more than $15,000. To honor Emma’s love of reading, Journeay also began raising money monthly to buy e-readers for the Mass General children’s library.

A gala reception in Boston on Wednesday will honor Journeay and the other recipients.

Yoga classes to benefit charities

Anne Rundle, the owner of Asteya Yoga in Merrimac, is giving back to the community as she teaches.

Asteya Yoga promotes affordable classes, and on the last Saturday of the month, in lieu of paying for classes, participants may make a donation to the charity of the month.

During the 7 a.m. Power Yoga and 8:30 a.m. Gentle Flow sessions on June 29, the studio will be collecting donations for Towers of Gifts for Newborns in Need, which gives diapers and other items to new moms. On July 27, Aug. 31 and Sept. 28, classes will be free with a donation to the Massachusetts General Hospital pediatric cancer center.

Asteya Yoga is located at 9 School St. For more information, visit www.asteyayoga.net.

Support offered for those grieving

A free, six-week support group for widows and widowers will be held at the Amesbury Senior Community Center on Tuesdays from June 11 through July 16.

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