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September 28, 2012

Health Beat: Port family holds fundraiser for preemies

Linda Larcome is grateful, and she wants everyone to know it.

Larcome’s granddaughter Kiarie Leonard is a happy and healthy 18-year-old senior at Scarborough, Maine, High School. But when the girl was born, that future seemed hard to imagine.

A preemie, Kiarie was born three months early and weighed only 1 pound, 14 ounces. Her weight quickly dropped to 1 pound, 5 ounces. But with the care and treatment she received from the doctors and nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Kiarie survived and thrived.

Now, Larcome wants to give back. The Newburyport resident is hosting a fundraiser for the NICU at the Maine Medical Center on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Elks Hall on Low Street in Newburyport. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. The Country Western Night will include food, raffles and a dance-off. All funds will go to the NICU to purchase equipment and to fund research for preventing premature birth.

Kiarie’s mother, Melissa Savage-DiClemente, was born in Newburyport and grew up in Newbury. Kiarie was born while her mother was serving in the Navy and was stationed in Brunswick, Maine. She is now a police officer for the Scarborough Police Department.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Newburyport Harbor Marina Ship’s Store.

Bereavement Group meets in Amesbury

The Amesbury Council on Aging and Beacon Hospice are jointly hosting a bereavement group on Thursday evenings at 5:30 at the Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.

Healing from Loss is for individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one. It is through the process of sharing in a confidential environment that healing is fostered.

Registration is required. Call Lu Bonanno, Beacon Hospice, at 978-837-3333 for additional information and to register. The group is free.

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