Briefs: Health briefs June 30, 2009

Blood donors get cholesterol screenings

• The prospect of saving a life is a good enough reason to donate blood.
And during the month of July, blood donors also can receive a free cholesterol screening at the St. Mary’s Blood Center.
Donors are welcome at the Blood Center in St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion, 750 Wellington Ave., from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each weekday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
The city of Grand Junction is sponsoring a blood drive July 22 at City Hall. Look for the bloodmobile from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Mary’s acquires new MRI machine

• The radiology services unit of St. Mary’s Hospital has received a new 3T MRI machine that is the only one of its kind on the Western Slope and one of 11 in the state, according to the hospital.
The new 3T technology offers improved image quality and contrast of tissue, which will allow staff to perform better image studies, according to the hospital.
An MRI creates images of the body’s internal structure, the brain and other organs
Aspen race aids breast cancer research

The National Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be in Aspen on July 18.
The 5-kilometer course begins in the town’s west end and winds along mostly paved paths. The sixth annual Aspen one-mile dog walk, which is a PAWS for the Cure Event, starts at 10 a.m. Race-day registration starts at 7:15 a.m. at Rio Grande Park or registration is available online at
The Susan G. Komen Race is a series of events to raise money for breast cancer research.

Relay for Life in Fruita set for July 31

• Cancer survivors and their friends and loved ones will gather for a night under the stars during the Fruita Relay for Life.
The 12-hour relay kicks off at 6 p.m. July 31 at Fruita 8–9 School. Teams in the event take turns walking or running around the school’s track as a symbolic gesture in the battle against cancer. Teams raise money before and during the event.
Survivors may belong to a relay team or sign up for the Survivor’s Ceremony at no cost. The Survivor’s Ceremony also starts at 6 p.m. and includes a Survivor Lap and a Survivor and Caregiver’s Lap.
Businesses, organizations and individuals can enter by registering at or by calling Dusti at 254-5583.
For more information on Relay for Life events, volunteer opportunities, free wigs and prosthesis, call the American Cancer Society Grand Junction office at 254-5581.

Group supports family of meth users

• A new six-week methamphetamine support group starts 7 p.m. July 15.
The meetings are designed to support family members of methamphetamine users. Discussion topics include detachment, hidden anger, guilt, manipulation, forgiveness and setting boundaries.
The free meetings are at the River of Life Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road. No sign up is necessary.
For more information, contact Janet Rowland at 244-1606.

Camp helps kids deal with grief issues

• Registration is open for the ninth-annual Camp Good Grief! slated for July 31 to Aug. 2.
The camp, offered by Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, is designed for children in grades 3–9 who are dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Camp Good Grief! offers a safe and compassionate environment for children to explore their grief issues and to have fun with art, music, storytelling and hiking.
The camp costs $35, which includes transportation, room, meals and activities. Scholarships are available.
For more information, visit or call 245-5377.


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