, Newburyport, MA

August 23, 2013

Health Beat: Locals gear up for Jimmy Fund Walk

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — A number of local residents will be among the expected 8,500 people trekking up to 26.2 miles in the 25th annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. The one-day fundraising event, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, aims to raise more than $7.5 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Participants may choose to walk one of four routes, all culminating at Copley Square in Boston: the entire 26.2-mile Hopkinton-to-Boston route, the 13.1-mile Babson-to-Boston route, the 5-mile Boston College route or the 3-mile route starting at Dana-Farber’s campus.

The local participants include:

Amesbury: Heather Blackmun, Lauren Dufner, Frederick Grogan, Patty Mellon, Damon Pender, Barbara Smolinsky, Cheryl Woodsom

Georgetown: Brian Cray, Daniel Fitton, Courtney Lamagna, Stacie Melchin

Newbury: Doreen Crotty

Newburyport: Megan Ashe, Tracey Glynn, Susan Lane, Deborah Scanlon, Candi Skiba, Alex Smith

Salisbury: Thomas Barry, Courtney Marshall, Kerry Marshall, Louis Masiello, Gary Mowles

West Newbury: Arna Beaudoin, Mary Gorman, Ginny Neff

All adult walkers must raise at least $300, with participants 12 and under contributing at least $100.

Since its inception in 1989, the event has raised nearly $87 million to conquer all forms of cancer.

To register for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, support a walker or volunteer, visit or call 866-531-9255.

After-breast-cancer help offered at Y

Applications are being accepted for Session 10 of the YWCA’s free Encore Program.

Designed for those who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their lives, the session will meet on Wednesdays from Sept. 11 through Nov. 27.

Participants will do land exercises at 5:15 p.m., followed by warm-water pool exercises at 5:50 p.m. The program also includes peer group support and guest speakers.

To apply, visit the YWCA membership desk at 13 Market St., Newburyport, or download an application online at

For more information, call 978-465-9922, ext. 27.

Give blood Monday in Merrimac

A blood drive will be held Monday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Merrimac Public Library, 86 W. Main St.

Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

In August, all presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free 24-pack of spring water and a coupon for up to 20 percent off from participating Walgreens.

Donors will also have the chance to win two Red Sox tickets and to be honored at Fenway Park as the Blood Donor of the Game.

For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit

Kripalu yoga offeredon Plum Island

Angelena Craig will lead a Kripalu yoga class Wednesday and Saturday at 8 a.m. on Plum Island.

The one-hour classes are a gentle slow flow to open, stretch and balance the mind and the body and are appropriate for experienced yoga students, as well as beginners.

To find the class, come onto the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Park in the first large parking lot, and walk onto the beach, turning to the left. You will see the class meeting by the big wood sign. Bring a large towel, water and sunglasses.

There is no fee, but a suggested donation of $5 or $10 is appreciated. If the weather is inclement, or you have questions, call 508-472-7251 or visit

Community yoga classes in Amesbury

The following community karma yoga classes will be offered this month at the People’s Yoga Co-Op in Amesbury on a pay-by-donation basis. All classes are drop-in and held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at 14 Cedar St.

Tonight, Move & Groove Yoga with Jennifer Freeman, and Aug. 30, Gentle Flow Yoga with Nancy MacDougall.

A pay-by-donation Yoga by the River class will also take place Sunday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Merrimack River in Amesbury.

Bring your own mat, water and a towel for the damp grass. Park along the grass between the houses at 391 and 417 Main St.

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


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