Marquette to conduct blood drive

MICHIGAN CITY – Marquette Catholic High School's National Honor Society and the American Red Cross are teaming up to host a blood drive on Friday, Sept. 28, in the Scholl Center Gymnasium. The blood drive, open to individuals of all blood types and ages, will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The public can schedule online at redcrossblood.org or over the phone at 800-RED-CROSS. Students, parents, faculty and staff can schedule in the main office or through class president Morgan Crook at Morgan.Crook@marquette-hs.org.

Super Hero Run to benefit CASA

La PORTE – Family Advocates will host the 6th annual CASA Superhero 5K, 10K abd 10-mile bike race on Oct. 6 at Cummings Lodge, 350 Grangemouth Rd., La Porte. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program and recruit more volunteer advocates.

The cost of providing a volunteer for child who has been a victim of abuse or neglect is $1,000 per child, per year. Family Advocates currently has 239 children in the program and there is a list of 157 children in La Porte County still waiting for a volunteer. Proceeds from the race will help recruit and train CASA volunteers.

There is a Super Hero Costume Contest with categories that include youth, team and family; and a Family Fun Zone with carnival games, bounce house, balloon animals and more. Cost is $25 for aduls and $25 for youth in the 5K run; $35 and $20 for the 10K run; and $35 for adults and $20 for the bike race. A Kids Fun Run will cost $5. Prices listed are for preregistration and increase if registered the day of event. for information, visit lpfamilyadvocates.com or contact Maggie Fritzen at mfritzen@lpfamilyadvocates.com or 219-324-3385.

 

Dig Pink Night to heal fight breast cancer

MICHIGAN CITY – Marquette Volleyball will conduct its Dig Pink Night on Saturday, Oct. 6, when the Lady Blazers host Elkhart Christian. The JV match is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. with the varsity match to follow. The Dig Pink initiative is hosted in conjunction with the Side-Out Foundation.

Funds raised for Side-Out go toward a clinical trial specifically for patients with Stage 4 breast cancer, the most advanced form and the least funded for research. Fans are encouraged to wear pink apparel on the 6th. The Blazers have set a goal of $1,000. Donations may be made on Marquette's Dig Pink site (giving.side-out.org/campaigns/14554#/) or in person at the game.

 

Alzheimer's caregiver resource fair

SOUTH BEND – The St. Joseph County Caregiver Resource Fair will be Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Kroc Center, 900 W. Western Ave., South Bend, from  a.m. to 1 p.m. (CDT). The free event will have over 45 booths, and two guest speakers, offering regional and local resources and programs for caregivers and their families. Lunch will be provided for those who are pre registered by Friday.

Dr. Eliud Irizarry, board certified in Neurology and Neuromuscular Medicine; and Jennifer VanderVeen, an attorney with Tuesley Hall Konopa, specializing in Elder Law, will share the latest developments in Alzheimer’s research and relevant legal topics for caregivers. Attendees should register by calling 574-232-4121 by Friday.

 

Grant to help treat opiate addiction

VALPARAISO – U.S. Sens, Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Todd Young (R-IN), and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN) announced last week that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a grant to Porter-Starke Services under the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment program. The $449,393 award is the first year of an anticipated $1.2 million program to address the increased instances of opiate addiction and overdose deaths.

Specifically, the funding will be used to increase access to medication-assisted treatment plans, which include counseling and other supportive services. The funding also will be used to improve services to individuals in the criminal justice system, as well as increase the use of tele-psychiatry and engage the community in the design and evaluation of treatment and response to these disorders.

Matthew Burden, CEO of Porter-Starke Services, “This funding will build on our services to help those with an opioid use disorder to overcome addiction, and address transportation or financial barriers that may have prevented someone from obtaining care.”

 

Registration for EMT, paramedic classes

CROWN POINT – The Franciscan Health Emergency Medical Services Academy Crown Point will accept applications until 4 p.m. Nov. 30 for its next emergency medical technician and paramedic training programs.

The five-month EMT course starts Dec. 17, 2018, and classes are conducted 6-10 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. EMT program graduates will be eligible to take the state written and practical exam for certification. Applicants must be 18. Course fee is $1,000, with payment plans and scholarships available.

The 10-month Paramedic course starts Jan. 8, with classes from 5-10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Enrollees must be Indiana-certified EMTs. Course fee is $5,200, with payment plans and scholarships available. Applications for both programs are available at franciscanhealth.org/emscrownpoint. For more information, call 219-757-6334.

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