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Simmons Cancer Institute Offers “Freedom From Smoking” Program

Tuesday, August 12th 2014 - 12:00 pm

Simmons Cancer Institute Offers “Freedom From Smoking” Program
Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield is again offering an American Lung Association program, “Freedom From Smoking,” designed to help smokers break the nicotine habit.
Participants will attend eight scheduled classes at noon on Tuesdays, August 12 through September 23. “Quit Day” is September 2 with an additional meeting that week at noon on Thursday, September 4. Kristi Lessen, SCI Outreach Coordinator and “Freedom From Smoking” program leader will lead the class.
According to the ALA, people who use the “Freedom From Smoking” program are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who quit on their own.
Participants must attend every class. Class size is limited to 10 individuals. “The classes provide a group setting to work through the quitting process. Research shows that the more time a smoker spends in a supportive situation, the more likely they will achieve the goal to quit smoking,” Lessen said.
Registration is $50 per person to cover program materials. To register, call 217-545-7493 or register on line at http://www.siumed.edu/cancer/ and click on the “Freedom From Smoking” link. The class is limited to 10 participants.
The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU (www.siumed.edu/cancer) is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service.
Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield is again offering an American Lung Association program, “Freedom From Smoking,” designed to help smokers break the nicotine habit.
Participants will attend eight scheduled classes at noon on Tuesdays, August 12 through September 23. “Quit Day” is September 2 with an additional meeting that week at noon on Thursday, September 4. Kristi Lessen, SCI Outreach Coordinator and “Freedom From Smoking” program leader will lead the class.
According to the ALA, people who use the “Freedom From Smoking” program are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who quit on their own.
Participants must attend every class. Class size is limited to 10 individuals. “The classes provide a group setting to work through the quitting process. Research shows that the more time a smoker spends in a supportive situation, the more likely they will achieve the goal to quit smoking,” Lessen said.
Registration is $50 per person to cover program materials. To register, call 217-545-7493 or register on line at http://www.siumed.edu/cancer/ and click on the “Freedom From Smoking” link. The class is limited to 10 participants.
The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU (www.siumed.edu/cancer) is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service.

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Cut-A-Thon

Sunday, August 24th 2014 - 11:00 am

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Moms Go Back to School Luncheon

Tuesday, August 26th 2014 - 12:00 am

The Elizabeth Ann Seton Program announces its 3rd annual Moms Go Back to School Luncheon to be held at noon on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Hilton Springfield.
The luncheon will benefit women enrolled in EAS who are working to better educate themselves. Featured speaker, Letrice Ware will speak about her journey from homelessness to college graduate and businesswoman.

EAS, a not-for-profit program founded in 1995, provides pregnant and parenting women with the tools necessary to reach self-sufficiency. All proceeds from the luncheon are used to support programming that mentors and encourages women to continue their education goals. Visit our website at www.elizabethannsetonprogram.org for more information.

Table reservations may be made by contacting chairpersons
Jill Egizii, 1645 West Laurel, Springfield, IL 62704
Helen Renfrow, 5008 Blackwolf Road, Springfield, IL 62711
Or by calling the EAS office at 217.757.6025

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Be the Match “Cheek Swab” Drive

Friday, August 29th 2014 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Be the Match “Cheek Swab” Drive for National Bone Marrow Registry
August 29th, 4-7 pm
Erin’s Pavilion Southwind Park
FREE and open to public, ages 18 – 44
Every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer and a bone marrow transplant is their only cure. 70% needing a marrow transplant do not have a matching donor in their family.
With a simple cheek swab, individuals in our community have the opportunity to join the registry and give the gift of life to those awaiting a transplant

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Glow Light Run & Walk

Friday, August 29th 2014 - 7:00 pm

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Fun Run to Raise Funds for COTA in Honor of Local Child

Saturday, August 30th 2014 - 12:00 am

Fun Run to Raise Funds for COTA in Honor of Local Child

A Fun Run will be held for COTA in honor of Aris Pettis, a Springfield child who has had a liver transplant. The event is planned for Saturday, August 30, at Southwind Park. One-year-old Aris has received a liver at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St.Louis, Missouri. Funds are being raised to assist with transplant-related expenses.

The Fun Run will be held on Saturday, August 30 in Southwind Park. Packet pick-up will be at 9:00 a.m. with the Fun Run starting at 10:00. You can register online at http://getmeregistered.com/PrayersForArisRun. Registration fees: Adults, pre-registration: $25, Adults, post-registration: $35 and kids 12 and under are $15. Pre-registration ends August 16 at 12:00 a.m. Free t-shirt with pre-registration. Post-Fun Run party with bubbles, snack and face painting.

“The family and friends of Aris Pettis want to encourage and challenge everyone to ask their neighbors and colleagues to join us to help give Aris a second chance at life,” said Mindy Madonia. “100% of the funds collected at the Fun Run will assist with transplant-related expenses.”

Aris was diagnosed with Propionic Acidemia. The Pettis family needs an estimated $50,000 to pay transplant-related expenses. For more information about the Fun Run, or other fundraising and volunteer opportunities, please contact Mindy Madonia, 899-6807.

Aris’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a national charity based in Bloomington, Indiana. COTA is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA’s services are completely free of charge, and 100% of funds generated by COTA community fundraising campaigns are available for transplant-related expenses.
2501 West COTA Drive • Bloomington, Indiana 47403
800.366.2682 • CampaignInfo@cota.org • http://www.cota.org

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“TOTALLY AWESOME” 80′s in Edinburg!

Monday, September 1st 2014 - All Day

Come celebrate the “TOTALLY AWESOME” 80′s in Edinburg! The Veteran’s Memorial Park (W. Masonic St.) grounds come alive with a weekend packed with Truck Pulls, Demolition Derbies, Pageants, Bands including Dan Hubbard on Friday night and The Brat Pack on Saturday night, Beer Tent, Carnival Rides, 5K Run/Walk and Kids Run, Children’s Pedal Pulls, and a Grand Parade at 10 a.m. on Labor Day! For a complete schedule of events check out Facebook at www.facebook.com/edinburg.labordaypicnic . Hope to see you there!

Fishfry at Riverton KC Hall

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 12:00 am

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Play the Caregiver Game

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 12:00 am

WE-CI: Women Entrepreneurs of Central Illinois, will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 10 th, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Pao Bistro, 2824 Plaza Drive, Springfield, Ill 62707.  That is west of Veterans on Greenbrier, and south on West White Oaks Drive, in the Gables Shopping Center.

Program:

Play the Caregiver Game with Sara Lieber of Senior Sidekicks.   The majority of elder caregivers are women.  Today’s woman will spend more years caring for an elder than rearing her children.  Learn some surprising facts about caregiving and have fun as well.

 The costs for the meeting are: $22 for members, $25 for guests, and $30 for walk-ins.   Reservations are non-refundable.   Additional information is available by contacting Ms. Cherrill Lewis @ 217-622-0189.      Please make your reservations at by Friday, September 5th, 2014 at <reservations@we-ci.org>.   Our website now takes credit card payments.

Monthly meetings include guest speakers, workshops, and social functions.  Fundraising events support scholarships for local women who want to get advanced professional training.  Guests may request a notice sent directly to them by contacting Maureen Williams: <maureenwms32@yahoo.com> .

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Super Retriever Dog Jumping Competition

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 12:00 am

SCHEELS Super Retriever Dog Jumping Competition Friday, September 5 (10AM-4PM), Saturday, September 6 (9AM-5PM), and Sunday, September 7, 2014 (9AM-4:30PM)

A great event for the entire family! Local talent welcome! Bring your dog for our fun jump to give it a try!

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