, Newburyport, MA

November 1, 2013

Health Beat: Fundraiser to help Georgetown man who needs lung transplant

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — A fundraiser planned for Saturday, Nov. 16, will honor a Georgetown man who needs a double lung transplant to survive.

“Lungs for Scott” will run from 5 to 10 p.m. at the VFW Post Hall, 435 Andover St., Georgetown. Scott Collin, 45, has been struggling for two years with the disease scleroderma and has undergone 12 months of chemotherapy. He is an employee of the Georgetown Water Department.

The evening will include raffles, gift baskets, a silent auction and entertainment. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling 978-352-2276 or at the door.

Donations can also be made at Georgetown Bank, 2 E. Main St., to the account called “Lungs for Scott.”

Support group for adoptive parents

The Adoptive Parent Support & Education Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Plum Island Coffee Roasters.

At the Nov. 12 meeting, the documentary “Stuck” will be presented. The film explores the international adoption system through the stories of Tihun from Ethiopia, Nate from Vietnam, and Erickson and Therline from Haiti.

Meetings are free and open to those who have created a family through adoption or are considering adoption, as well as birth parents and anyone who is adopted. The group is hosted by the Center for Child Health & Development and the Greater Newburyport Adoption Group.

Because seating is limited, advance registration is requested. Call 978-518-0264 or visit

Drop-in meditation offered this month

Free meditation sessions are being offered every Monday in November at Newburyport Acupuncture.

Cushions, chairs and instruction will be provided, and the sessions will run from 7 to 8 p.m. at Susan Patten’s office, 172 State St.

Patten is also hosting a free talk on acupuncture and Chinese medicine on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. Tea and refreshments will be served. This talk has been postponed from Wednesday, Nov. 6.

For more information, call 978-465-5036 or visit

Gentle yoga to help cancer survivors

Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivors is offered on the second Sunday of every month at Roots to Wings Yoga & Healing Center.

The workshops will include gentle, mindful stretching and supported restorative poses and dialogue with other cancer survivors. Each session will be modified to meet the needs of participants, determined in preregistration interviews.

Sessions will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., and the fee is by donation. To set up an interview or for more information, call 978-985-4166 or email

Roots to Wings is located at 1 Lunt St., Byfield.

Library offers free exercise classes

Free weekly tai chi is held every Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Newburyport Public Library.

No experience is necessary to join the classes, which are led by Kathleen Kondylas. Participants should wear comfortable clothing.

To sign up, call 978-465-4428, email or visit the second floor of the library.

Turkey Trot training for beginners

Training sessions for the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot will be held on Nov. 2, 10, 16 and 24 at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport.

Starting at 8 a.m., certified health coach Nancy McCarthy will lead the training, which is designed for beginners.

For more information, call 978-499-0993 or email


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