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March 6, 2014

HEALTH BRIEFS

Drivers needed for cancer patients

Two out of three people diagnosed with cancer are surviving, but often, getting well depends on transportation. The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides free rides to and from treatment for cancer patients who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars.

By giving just two hours a week, volunteers make a difference in the life of a cancer patient. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license and a safe, reliable vehicle with proof of automobile insurance.

Volunteer drivers must have a good driving history and be in good health. For more information about becoming a volunteer driver, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Sullivan Tire rewards blood donors

Sullivan Tire has partnered with the American Red Cross in New Hampshire to encourage blood donations during the month of March. Throughout the month, anyone who donates blood at a New Hampshire Red Cross facility will receive a coupon for $25 off any auto service of $25 or more at Sullivan Tire.

A longtime supporter of the American Red Cross, Sullivan Tire often hosts mobile blood drives at its stores. The New England based, family-owned company has 13 stores in New Hampshire.

To make an appointment to give blood, or find a blood drive near you, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

Learn about pediatric asthma

DERRY — On Saturday, March 22, from10 a.m. to noon, Parkland Medical Center will offer a free pediatric asthma training course.

The Make A P.A.C.T with Parkland program, Pediatric Asthma Care and Training class, provides families an opportunity to learn more about their child’s asthma, and how to self-manage this chronic illness. Led by a certified asthma educator, the program helps families become more familiar with: asthma attacks; devices used to monitor asthma; devices used for medication administration; triggers and how to reduce trigger exposure; how to read an action plan; what to do in an emergency; and question-and-answer time.

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