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The 13th annual Take the Lake 5K in Wakefield benefits cancer survivors

July 12, 2012
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HELPING CANCER SURVIVORS: The 13th annual Take the Lake 5K, a run and walk to raise awareness and money for the New England Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, is Sunday at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield.

The event began in 1999, when friends and family wanted to memorialize Janice Frye of Wakefield after her death from cancer.

Since, the event has attracted more than 4,400 runners and walkers and raised $152,000 for the coalition and the American Cancer Society.

This year, all proceeds will benefit the coalition, which educates, advocates for, and empowers people throughout New England whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Linda Brantley, coalition president, said the money will be used to conduct a survey of the needs and desires of cancer survivors ,which will help the organization shape priorities.

The run and walk begin at Comverse Headquarters on Quannapowitt Parkway. Runners take off at 8:30 a.m. and walkers begin at 8:35 a.m.

IMAGES OF NATURE: The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport is holding its second annual nature and wildlife photography contest. Images can be submitted now through Sept. 28.

The two themed categories are wildlife and landscapes or seascapes. Further categorization includes images taken with a “point and shoot” camera versus those captured with a camera with interchangeable lenses. There are categories for adults and for photographers younger than 18.

All images must have been taken on Plum Island or within the boundary of the refuge on or after Jan. 1, 2011.

Participants are allowed to submit a total of two prints. A $5 application fee covers one or two entries. Maximum allowable print size is 8-by-10 inches. And all prints must be presented on a white matte.

Contest judging occurs in two phases. In round one, members of the Photographic Society of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge vote for their favorite images. Then a panel of judges picks the finalists from those photographs.

Contest winners are announced in October and the selected entries are displayed in the refuge’s visitor center for a year. For a complete list of contest rules, visit fws.gov/northeast/parkerriver.

AT LOCAL HOSPITALS: Cambridge Health Alliance has collaborated with the Boston-based nonprofit The Art Connection to create a more welcoming environment for patients, visitors, and staff at Whidden Hospital in Everett. The Art Connection, an organization that connects artists and collectors with community service groups, facilitated the donation of 21 original works of art by 14 artists for recent installation at the hospital campus.

This current placement of original art joins placements from 2009 and 2010 for a total of 66 works of diverse media, including acrylic and oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, and a monotype. “The artwork has truly transformed the hospital,” said Deborah Murphy, site administrator of the Whidden Hospital campus. “Both patients and staff constantly tell me how much more inviting the hospital environment is with the addition of these pieces, and I am extremely grateful The Art Connection provided us with this opportunity.” . . . The Hallmark Health System Comprehensive Breast Center is open in Stoneham. It offers patients access to technological advances in prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast disease.

Through a collaborative approach and state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic services, patients receive accurate diagnosis and immediate care, with an emphasis on compassion. Care is coordinated by a nurse navigator who works with radiologists and surgeons who specialize in breast disease. “Bringing our system’s technology and expertise together in one building will allow us to better serve our patients by making their care more efficient and convenient,” said Dr. Olga Efimova, director of breast imaging at Hallmark Health Services. “Women in the area can take pride and confidence in knowing they have a world class, comprehensive breast center close by.”



WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Children’s Friend and Family Services has assembled an honorary committee for its 175th anniversary celebration, which will include a range of commemorative events and activities. The committee includes the Rev. Laura P. Biddle of Tabernacle Congregational Church; Penny Bigmore, manager of Seamen’s Widow and Orphan Association; Anita Blackaby, executive director of House of the Seven Gables; Kimberley Driscoll, mayor of Salem; Pam Jendrysik, president of Hamilton Hall; state Representative John D. Keenan; Margie Lavender, administrator of Harmony Grove Cemetery; Dan L. Monroe, director and CEO of Peabody Essex Museum; Robert Norton,president and CEO of North Shore Medical Center; Judge Sally F. Padden,; Julie Rose of Woman’s Friend Society; Tory Stevensof Women’s Aid Society; and US Representative ohn F. Tierney. Children’s Friend and Family Services has been providing counseling, mentoring, parenting, and child psychology services since its founding as the Salem Seamen’s Orphans’ Society in 1837. Today, it serves more than 3,000 children and families each year from Essex County and the Merrimack Valley through its offices located in Salem, Lynn, Gloucester, and Lawrence.

Wendy Killeen can be reached at wdkilleen@gmail.com

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