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Kalamazoo Alzheimer's Walk Results

Kalamazoo Alzheimer's Walk Results

The results are in for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Kalamazoo Area held October 7th.

Over 600 people participated to raise more than $65,000 to fund the care of patients, along with support and research programs.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic, with an estimated 5.4 million Americans living with it, and is now the 6th leading cause of death. There are 196,000 people in Michigan alone living with this debilitating disease.

For more information or to make a donation to this cause, please visit: alz.org/mglc

Free Fitness Bicycling Event (EcoTrek Special Outing)

Free Fitness Bicycling Event (EcoTrek Special Outing)

Bicyclist enthusiasts are invited to join this free fitness bike ride on the picturesque northern section of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail from downtown Kalamazoo to the Nature Center on Saturday, October 20 from 8:30am to 11am. The Mayor’s River Front Park at 251 Mills Street is the meeting location at 8:30am. The bicycle root is 15 Miles total to D. Avenue & back.  Cyclists have the option to hang out after the ride for a healthy brunch at your collective local restaurant choice.

Equipment to bring: Your own mountain, hybrid style or road bicycle, a helmet, gloves, rain gear & a water bottle. A bike tire pump, tire patch kit & first aid kit will be provided. Anyone can attend. To register, call Cari Draft at (616)291-2851 or signup@ecotrekfitness.com .

Go to www.ecotrekfitness.com/kalamazoo.shtml for details.

American Cancer Society walks in Kalamazoo, Muskegon together raise $158,000 to fight breast cancer

American Cancer Society walks in Kalamazoo, Muskegon together raise $158,000 to fight breast cancer

Despite the cold and rainy weather, 1,500 residents from the Kalamazoo area, including 50 breast cancer survivors, raised $108,000, while another 650 participants, including 60 breast cancer survivors, raised $50,000 in Muskegon on Oct. 13 for a total of $158,000 at their local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks to fight breast cancer and provide hope to those whose lives have been affected by this disease.

This noncompetitive event unites communities to honor breast cancer survivors, educate people about how to reduce their breast cancer risk, and raise funds to end breast cancer.

Sanitary Sewer Overflow/Arcadia Creek Impact

The following reported incident impacts the Arcadia Creek. We are advised to stay away from the surface waters in the immediate areas described until further notice.
The City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services personnel discovered a sanitary sewer discharge from a section of damaged sewer main located along the north side of the railroad tracks southwest of Lafayette Street and southeast of Fraternity Village Dr.  (See attached map) Raw sewage is being released to an intermittent drainage ditch that ultimately discharges to Arcadia Creek.  The amount of material intermittently being discharged from the sanitary sewer system is estimated to be about 20 gallons per minute.  Public Services personnel are determining the source of the discharge and method of repair.

Bronson Teams Up With Wes Leonard Heart Team Foundation to Raise Awareness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

It has been more than one year since the death of Wes Leonard, the 16-year-old Fennville High School basketball player who died almost immediately after making a game-winning shot.

The student died from a condition called sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition that kills 2,000 people under the age of 25 each year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since this tragic event, a national conversation has been sparked about sudden cardiac death and how we can protect student athletes.

On Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to Portage Central High School. Jocelyn Leonard of the Wes Leonard Heart Team Foundation will speak about her son’s death and the importance of SCA awareness. Following her opening remarks, James Loker, MD, of Bronson Pediatric Cardiology will talk more about SCA and the importance of automated external defibrillators (AED). The Wes Leonard Heart Team Foundation will also donate an AED unit to two schools.

Kalamazoo native receives Star of Life award from American Ambulance Association

Kalamazoo native receives Star of Life award from American Ambulance Association

John Spencer III, supervisor and education coordinator for Life EMS Ambulance’s Mason County division, was one of four emergency medical service (EMS) caregivers and educators from Michigan to be honored with a prestigious Star of Life award at the recent American Ambulance Association’s Stars of Life celebration in Washington, D.C.

The Star of Life award recognizes the dedication and achievements of individuals within the EMS community from across the country. It is the highest award an EMS caregiver can receive.

Spencer, who has worked with Life EMS Ambulance for eight years, was nominated for the award by his peers in recognition of his unwavering dedication and commitment to providing exemplary, high-quality patient care and his inspirational teaching methods.

Bronson Offers May Programs

Bronson is hosting the following May programs, classes and support groups to help community members lead active and healthy lives.

Heart Health Screenings
Wednesday, May 2, 7 to 11 a.m.
Bronson HealthAnswers, First Floor
South Campus, Bronson Methodist Hospital
Cost: $35. Call (269) 341-6495 to register.

Bariatric Surgery Support Group
Wednesday, May 2, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.(afternoon group)
Bronson Medical & Surgical Weight Management in W-308
Bronson Methodist Hospital
Free. No registration required.

Diabetes Adult Discussion Group
Thursday, May 3, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Gilmore Center for Health Education, North Campus
Bronson Methodist Hospital, 7 Healthcare Plaza
Free. No registration required. Call (269) 341-8585 for details.

Bariatric Surgery:  Is It Right for You?
Monday, May 7, 6 to 8 p.m.