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MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

My Town: American Red Cross continues history of helping

My Town: American Red Cross continues history of helping

For 133 years, the American Red Cross has taken the lead in organizing an army of volunteers to help communities devastated by disasters.

Without volunteers, the organization wouldn’t function.  That includes the more than 3.5 million people who volunteered to give blood last year, providing  a life-saving resource for patients in about 3,000 U.S. hospitals and transfusion centers. 

 “While the world changes around us, our mission never does,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “We’re all about helping others during times of great need – and we can do that because of the generosity of countless volunteers and donors—including people who roll up their sleeve and give blood.”

If you’d like to join the efforts, the following blood drivers are scheduled:

UPDATE: GVSU fraternity to hike 160 miles in battle against MS

UPDATE: GVSU fraternity to hike 160 miles in battle against MS

ALLENDALE, Mich.—A group of 20 fraternity members from Grand Valley State University are spending theirspring break hiking 160 miles across frigid Michigan terrain to help people with Multiple Sclerosis.

This is the second year for ATO Walks Hard: Many Steps for MS.  Members of Alpha Tau Omega began their walk on Thursday,  from Grand Valley State University in Allendale.  The group of 20 is expected to reach Sand Lake Friday night, where they will stay at Ensley Baptist Church for the night.  They expect to reach Traverse City on March 6.

ATO is raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society along the way. Last year, the fraternity raised more than $15,000 during the spring break mission.  This year, the group has already exceeded its goal of raising $25,000.

New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Grand Haven residents looking for a place to safely dispose of unwanted medication will have to travel a little farther.

Because of space limitations at its new office on South Beechtree Street in Grand Haven, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health no longer offers medication disposal services at that office.  Residents are encouraged to visit any of the alternative locations in Holland, Hudsonville, Zeeland, West Olive, Grand Haven Township, Coopersville, Allendale and Georgetown Township.  For exact locations, visit the Ottawa County Health Department website here.

According to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, each year, more than 71,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms for accidental overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

GVSU fraternity to hike 160 miles in battle against MS

GVSU fraternity to hike 160 miles in battle against MS

ALLENDALE, Mich.—A fraternity from Grand Valley State University will be spending its spring break hiking 160 miles across Michigan to help people with Multiple Sclerosis.

This is the second year for ATO Walks Hard: Many Steps for MS.  On Thursday, Feb. 27, members of Alpha Tau Omega will walk from Grand Valley State University in Allendale to Traverse City, raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society along the way.  The group will have a support team and sleep in churches along the way.   ATO expects to reach Traverse City on March 6.

Last year, ATO raised more than $15,000 for the MS Society during the spring break.  This year, the group hopes to raise $25,000.

Date set for Relay For Life of MAC

Date set for Relay For Life of MAC

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The date is set for this year’s Relay For Life at Coopersville High School.

Cancer survivors and others whose lives have been touched by the disease will take over the athletic field July 11-12.  For more information about 2014 Relay For Life of Marne Allendale and Coopersville, contact Kim Lothscutz at kimlothschutz@yahoo.com or visit the organization’s Facebook page here.

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month: