, Newburyport, MA

July 19, 2013

Health Beat: Christmas in July race raises money for cancer research

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The second annual Christmas in July 5K road race will be held Saturday, July 27, in West Newbury.

Founded by Rachael Travers in honor of her late father, Jack, the race is a fundraiser for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund.

Jack Travers was a Georgetown native who was diagnosed with cancer of unknown primary in 2006. He died 10 months later. Rachael turned to running as a way to cope and came up with the idea for the race in 2011. Her sister Katie also helps plan and manage the event.

The race will start at 9 a.m. at White Gate Christmas Farm, 28 Ash St., and follow a flat, scenic 3.1-mile course. Parking is available at the farm, which is owned by cancer survivor Pat Kelly, Jack’s sister.

Registration is $30, which includes an event T-shirt and post-race snacks. To sign up, visit or any Greater Boston Running Co. location.

To donate or volunteer, call 978-314-0901 or email

Breast cancer support group meets

Anna Jaques’ breast cancer support group will meet Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

For both survivors and current patients, the group gathers to share experiences, triumphs, challenges and friendship.

Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month. For more information, call 978-462-8300.

Reunion for those born at Anna Jaques

Anna Jaques Hospital is inviting everyone who was born there to a reunion on Monday, July 29.

The second annual “Born @ Anna Jaques” event starts with registration at 5 p.m. and includes a group photograph at 6:15, following by the singing of “Happy Birthday” and birthday cake on the front lawn at the hospital. Food and drinks will be available from local vendors.

Those who register in advance will be entered into a drawing for a $500 engraved brick to be placed at the hospital. Attendees who make a donation of $25 or more to the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation will receive a T-shirt and photo of this year’s gathering. Donations will benefit the Birth Center.

To register or for more information, call 978-463-1176 or visit

Recognizing the signs of dyslexia

A free, informational seminar on dyslexia will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. in Amesbury.

Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of what dyslexia is, signs to look for and solutions that help. Difficulties with reading, decoding, phonemic awareness, writing, spelling, math or attention deficits can all be caused by dyslexia.

The seminar is presented by New England Dyslexia Solutions, 110 Haverhill Road.

Seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 978-337-7753 or visit to sign up.

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 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

Learn the art of Zen meditation

Free Zen meditation instruction is offered Monday nights at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

The practice sessions meet in the lower meetinghouse at 26 Pleasant St. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is a 6 p.m. orientation session for first-time participants.

The classes are taught by Joyce Haydock, a dharma teacher at the Kwan Um School of Zen for more than 22 years.

For more information, call 978-363-5457.

Community yoga classes in Amesbury

A pay-by-donation community karma yoga class will be held tonight at the People’s Yoga Co-Op in Amesbury.

Heart Opening Yoga with Paula Wilson is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at 14 Cedar St.

Pay-by-donation Yoga by the River classes are also planned for every Sunday in July and August from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Merrimack River in Amesbury.

For more information, call 508-333-4160 or visit


If you have an item for Health Beat, contact Ann Reily at 978-462-6666 or