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Relay For Life seeks participants

Relay For Life seeks participants

The American Cancer Society is looking for participants for its Relay For Life fundraiser in April and May.

Ten relays will take place in southern Nevada during the next two months and ACS will hold a number of "Paint the Town Purple" recruiting events from April 4-7. During these events, relay committee members and team captains will be visiting area businesses encouraging community members to participate. In addition to Relay’s purple posters, volunteers will distribute purple lollipops, because "CANCER SUCKS."

Those events include: 

  • Cheeburger Cheeburger Fundraiser – Monday, April 4, 5-9 p.m., 8390 S. Rainbow Blvd.

 

  • CiCi’s Pizza Las Vegas Fundraiser – Wednesday, April 6, six locations, all day/night – 10-20 percent of sales go to ACS.

 

  • Beer Tasting Benefit - Thursday, April 7 at Freakin Frog, 7-10 p.m., 4700 S.

New health center on tap for West Las Vegas

New health center on tap for West Las Vegas

Nevada Health Centers, Inc. (NVHC) will break ground with the City of Las Vegas on a new community health center at 11 a.m. Monday, March 28. Groundbreaking activities will take place at the new facility’s site located at the corner of Mount Mariah Drive and Stella Lake Street in West Las Vegas. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and Tom Chase, chief executive officer of NVHC, will preside at the ceremony.

"The new building will bring more jobs to the city at the same time that we will provide better access to health care," Chase said. 

NVHC is planning job fairs that will be held in September and November of this year. More information about the upcoming job fairs can be provided by calling 775-307-5414, ext.

Blood Drive March 12th at Liberty Tax Service

Blood Drive March 12th at Liberty Tax Service

This Saturday, Liberty Tax Service will be hosting a blood drive at the location in the Saver's Shopping Center. United Blood Service will be on hand with their mobile unit to collect blood. Currently, Southern Nevada needs 250 donors a DAY to meet the needs of local hospitals, and USB is hoping 100 people will donate at Saturday's drive.

The Blood Drive is geared to be a family friendly event, with refreshments, cotton candy, and a jump house to entertain kids while parents give blood. Three Squares will be on hand to collect food donations, and other community partners will be holding giveaways. All blood donors will also be entered into a raffle, and receive a ticket for a free Lake Mead Midday cruise.

The blood drive will take place from 11am to 3pm on Saturday March 12th at the Liberty Tax Service in the Saver's Shopping Center, 3131 N. Rancho Drive, Suite B, Las Vegas NV 98130

Jump Rope for Heart at Manch Elementary School

Students at Jacob E. Manch Elementary School literally jumped their way to better health.  With help from their PE teacher, Lara Heifner and Principal Diane Lewis, the students decided to take part in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart campaign. It required them to learn about the importance of heart health, to take part in regular exercise, and learn ways to increase their heart rate and why it's important for them to do that. These lessons were spread throughout the month.

The campaign culminated with a big event on the school's blacktop play area on Thursday, February 24th, 2011.  Hundreds of kids took part in a massive jump-a-thon. To help support this positive campaign, The Cannery Casino & Hotel, which frequently assists the school with activities, decided to give the kids something to be proud of.  The Cannery donated $1,000.00 to the American Heart Association on behalf of all the kids.  That money will help the Heart Association spread this positive health message to even more schools next year.

Allergy Sufferers Find Relief in Shot Therapy

LAS VEGAS -- The windy weather is making allergy sufferers miserable as it blows pollen around the valley. Instead of enjoying the warm weather, allergy sufferers are sneezing, itching their eyes and battling fatigue.

There's relief and not just in form of pills. More people are opting for allergy shots. One local specialist says allergy shots are becoming more popular. Life is much different for Shawn Vogann than it was just a few years ago. His asthma and allergies were so bad he'd wind up in the hospital five or six times a year.

"You can't breathe. You can't get enough air in and flu like symptoms sometimes," said Vogann.

A windy day would force Vogann to stay indoors hiding from the pollen in the air. That misery continued until he started getting allergy shots. He then began to notice a difference in a matter of weeks.