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May 3, 2013

Health Beat: Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser May 11

The third annual Team Quill fundraiser to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at the Elks Hall in Newburyport.

The event, which will offer a buffet, raffles and live entertainment, has a $10 fee. All proceeds will be donated to the MS Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated in finding treatments and researching a cure for MS.

A silent auction will include a range of items, such as a package with four Red Sox tickets from Will Soucy, complete with transportation to and from the game courtesy of Four Star Limousine of Salisbury; an 18-holes of golf package for four with a golf cart and overnight getaways.

Team Quill participates in the MS 3-Day 50-mile Challenge Walk in support of their relative, Kathleen, who was diagnosed with MS 25 years ago. To donate to their walk, visit ww.msnewengland.org, under “Challenge Walk,” click “donate” and type in “Team Quill.”

Easter Seals camp applications available

Applications are now being accepted for Easter Seals Explorers Camp, an overnight camp geared to the needs of youth ages 8 to 22 with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. Their siblings also are welcome to attend.

The camp offers traditional activities geared specifically to the campers’ needs, including nature hikes, swimming, arts and crafts, field games and campfires. Activities take place in small groups with a high staff-to-camper ratio.

Explorers Camp is moving this summer to a new location in Rindge, N.H. The camp session will be held Aug. 19 through Aug. 24.

Applications also are being accepted for volunteers age 16 and older who are interested in working at camp.

For more information about camp or for application forms, go to www.EasterSealsMA.org or call Colleen Flanagan, Explorers Camp manager, at 617-226-2635.

Blood drive May 17

A community blood drive will be held at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, on Friday, May 17, from 1 to 6 p.m.

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