, Newburyport, MA

April 25, 2014

Make Way for Molly to raise money for cancer research

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The sixth annual Make Way for Molly PMC Fundraiser is set for Saturday, May 3, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Elks Lodge in Newburyport.

The Make Way for Molly Pan-Mass Challenge team was started by Molly Callahan’s father in 2007 and has grown from its initial six riders over the years.

Callahan was diagnosed with leukemia eight years ago, at age 10. Cancer-free for five years, she is now a freshman studying nursing at Georgetown University.

The fundraiser is hosted by the Barlow family of Newburyport. Callahan’s uncle Mike Barlow and cousins Sam and Jake Barlow are part of the PMC team, which has raised nearly $550,000 for a pediatric fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

The event will feature dinner, dancing, a silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door, 25 Low St., or in advance by emailing or calling 978-465-6928. All proceeds will assist children with cancer and their families.

Anna Jaques hosts Mother’s Day contest

Anna Jaques Hospital is looking for creative gift ideas for Mother’s Day.

The public is invited to enter the “Most Memorable Gift for Mom” photo contest on the Newburyport hospital’s Facebook page. Photos of touching, unique or funny presents will be accepted through May 4.

Voting will then take place from May 4-11, with a $150 gift card going to the person whose photo receives the most votes.

Submissions will also be used to create a library of ideas on the hospital’s pregnancy and parenting website, Share the Journey.

To submit a photo, visit

Arc offering series of transition workshops

The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport has teamed up with local Special Education Parent Advisory Councils to offer Transition Boot Camp.

The series of free, informative workshops is designed to help guide and prepare teachers, parents and students with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing information for the transition years, ages 14-22.

On Tuesday, April 29, from 7 to 9 p.m., “Understanding the Roles and Services of the Department of Development Services and Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission” will be held in the Triton Regional Middle School library, 112 Elm St.

Speakers Victor Hernandez and Linda Piergeorge will talk about services that adult agencies provide for individuals with disabilities after they leave the public school system.

To attend, RSVP to or 978-373-0552, ext. 201. For more information, visit

Pay-by-donation yoga in Amesbury

Pause Yoga will offer a Community Karma Yoga Class tonight at its studio on the second floor of 36 Main St., Amesbury.

Samantha Dyer will teach “Happy Hour Yoga” from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Participants of all yoga levels, ages 10 and older, are welcome to drop in and pay by donation.

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

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.

Sessions are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On the first Thursday of the month, they take place at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 62 Brown St., Haverhill, and on the third Thursday, they are held at Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, 63 State St.

For more information, email or

NAMI Northeast Essex also holds a Connection Peer Support Group, for anyone with a psychiatric diagnosis, at Merrimack Valley Hospital on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information on that group, email

Low-vision support offered in Amesbury

A support group for those with recent or ongoing vision loss meets on the first Thursday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Amesbury Senior Center.

Whether low vision is a result of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma or another condition, group members will learn about the tools available and have the opportunity to share their experiences with others facing similar challenges.

Guest speakers have come from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Simply Foot Care. The group also takes biannual outings.

To sign up, call 978-388-8138.

Emotions Anonymous meets weekly

Emotions Anonymous holds a free meeting every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at People’s United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport.

The 12-step organization is composed of people who come together to work toward recovery from emotional difficulties, including depression, anxiety, grief, anger and relationship problems.

As an anonymous program, EA respects the confidentiality of its members at all times. For more information, call 978-462-4647 or visit


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