, Newburyport, MA

May 31, 2013

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

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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

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.

The group is open to residents of Amesbury, as well as surrounding communities. Free transportation is offered for those who live in town.

The group will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. at the center, located in the Nicholas Costello Transportation Center, 68 Elm St. To register or for more information, call 978-552-4537.

Helping local mothers and babies

The 21st annual Walk for Life fundraiser will take place on Saturday, June 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Hope Community Church in Newburyport.

The two-mile walk funds the Pregnancy Care Center’s client services program, which provides counseling, food, clothing and furniture to local families in need. The center has locations in Amesbury, Haverhill and Lawrence. Walks will also be held at the same time in Haverhill and Reading.

To register or for more information, call 978-373-5718 or visit

PMC Kids Ride to raise money for cancer research

More than 100 children are expected to take part in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Greater Newburyport Kids Ride on Sunday, June 23.

Children ages 4 to 13 will ride 2.2 miles on the Clipper City Rail Trail, and kids ages 2 to 3 will ride on an obstacle course at Cashman Park.

A party after the ride will feature a disc jockey, face-painting, bike decorating, light refreshments and a visit from the Mix 104.1 ice cream truck.

The goal is to raise $10,000 for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

The ride will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is $15, and there is a $25 fundraising minimum. To register, visit For more information, call 978-809-1241 or 800-WE-CYCLE.

Free yoga classes on the waterfront

A free community weekly yoga class will be held at Waterfront Park, behind the Firehouse, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Friday through Aug. 24.

Led by Mike Houlihan of Roots to Wings, the classes will have a healing focus and include postures and breathing for strength, flexibility, balance and concentration. Bring a mat or towel.

Donations will be accepted for the Pettengill House in Salisbury.

Roots to Wings is also offering classes at Perkins Playground off Water Street on Saturday mornings, starting tomorrow, and beach yoga on Sunday mornings on the Newbury side of Plum Island.

For more information, call 978-463-9642, email or visit

Fitness programs help both runners and beginners

Both a 12-week training camp for the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women and the Green Stride Newburyport Half Marathon and an eight-week boot camp will be offered in Newburyport this summer.

The boot camp, which starts June 25, will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 a.m. at Cashman Park. It includes strength and cardio conditioning for adults of all fitness levels.

The training camp features strength training, stretches and progressive long runs, as well as nutritional, orthopedic and other fitness-related lectures. Beginning July 27, it will be held every Saturday at 8 a.m. at Natural High Fitness Club at the Tannery.

To sign up for either camp, contact Nancy McCarthy at 978-884-5981 or

Spin on waterfront for a good cause

Take a spinning class and help out the Jimmy Fund at the Waterfront Spin-a-thon in Newburyport tomorrow.

Hosted by Team Paul & Eve, the event will feature six classes, 25 bikes and a live disc jockey from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Pan-Mass Challenge team is named for two survivors of pediatric cancer and has raised more than $120,000 for research since 2007.

All donations are tax-deductible. To sign up, visit


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