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My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or super powers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need.

Red Cross Month is dedicated to the everyday heroes who support the Red Cross mission by giving blood, volunteering their time, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial contribution.

The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes in communities across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors with all blood types are needed, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: Free HIV testing available on World AIDS Day

My Town: Free HIV testing available on World AIDS Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV and nearly one in seven doesn’t know they are infected.

On Dec. 1, health officials across the nation will work to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS during World AID’s Day.  Here in West Michigan, the Kent County Health Department will be offering free HIV testing at three locations.  Each test will consist of a single finger poke, with preliminary results available in about 20 minutes.  Each person who gets tested will receive a gift card, while supplies last.  No appointment is necessary.

My Town: Kent County Health Department offers free testing for World AIDS Day

My Town: Kent County Health Department offers free testing for World AIDS Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV and nearly one in seven doesn’t know they are infected.

On Dec. 1, health officials across the nation will work to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS during World AID’s Day.  Here in West Michigan, the Kent County Health Department will be offering free HIV testing at three locations.  Each test will consist of a single finger poke, with preliminary results available in about 20 minutes.  Each person who gets tested will receive a gift card, while supplies last.  No appointment is necessary.

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) – The producers of an Animal Planet reality show are moving up the air date of an episode featuring a Kentwood manufacturer.

“TANKED” features Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Manufacturing, who build exotic fish tanks for celebrities.  In September, both stars visited Stiles Machinery in Kentwood for three days to record an episode featuring a 12-foot fish tank. The tank, which holds 700 gallons of water and weighs 7,000 pounds, showcases the Grand Rapids skyline. Stiles donated the piece to the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center.

The episode will now air on Animal Planet Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m., which is a week earlier than originally planned.

My Town: Little league coach joins fight against arthritis

My Town: Little league coach joins fight against arthritis

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–  Varnum attorney Adam Brody has been elected to the Michigan Board of Trustees for the Arthritis Foundation. His appointment to the statewide organization follows several years of service to the West Michigan Arthritis Foundation Advisory Board, for which he was recently appointed to a three-year term as chair.

The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. The Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948.

Locally, the Foundation raises funds through such events as its "Tribute to Excellence," "Walk to Cure" and Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.