Superintendent Richard N. Johns of the Liverpool school district issued an open letter to teachers, students, parents and community members on March 26 announcing his leave, just months before he was due to retire. Johns’ departure comes for a good reason: he needs a new heart. “If it was of my own choosing, I would certainly perform my job for many more years, however, factors have emerged which will not allow me to do so,” Johns said in his letter. “I am currently working with a medical team at Strong Hospital to explore receiving a new heart.” Johns is one of about 800 patients in the Central New York region waiting to receive organ transplants. The month of April is National Donate Life Month. Hospitals across the country promote awareness and education, working to expand the organ donation registry.
After a woman was murdered and a child raped at knifepoint at Great Northern Mall March 14, residents have been clamoring for a way to protect themselves. A number of free classes have been introduced to help women, in particular, learn techniques to use in a similar situation. But the free self-defense classes provided by some local martial arts studios aren’t new offerings in response to the tragedy. Both Impact Martial Arts and Karate John’s have offered free women’s self-defense classes for years.
In order to help more people struggling with eating disorders, Ophelia’s Place in Liverpool has added two new support programs. Breaking Free is a group that caters to teens struggling with body image. The Parent Partner Program is for parents and caregivers of youths with eating disorders.
The Central New York Alzheimer’s Association is calling upon “indoor warriors” to run, cycle, and swim to a cure for an untreatable disease. At 1 p.m. April 7, a maximum of 100 participants ranging in age and athletic ability will compete in Syracuse’s first Indoor Warrior Triathlon event, set to take place at Gold’s Gym, 7455 Morgan Road, Liverpool.
Six musicians, including a clarinetist who played for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (SSO), are poised to be among the first Syracuse-area residents certified as music practitioners through the national Music for Healing and Transition Program, now offered at Upstate University Hospital. As a final step to full certification, the six will embark on a 45-hour internship program, beginning in January, to providing
When Caryn Daher’s son, Jon, was little, he was into everything — even more than the average toddler. “He was… constantly bumping and crashing into things and people and seeking-jumping type activities,” said Daher, a Cicero resident. “He had difficulty in regulating and responding to movement activities appropriately. It went far beyond a ‘busy’ toddler.” In addition, Jon struggled with a variety of sounds, often withdrawing or avoiding certain situations because of the noise level. He had higher-than-average sensitivities to food, temperature and touch. In addition, his speech was delayed. It was that delay that led to help for his other issues. Through his speech therapist, Jon was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder.
It was a word six years in the making — two vowels sandwiched between three consonants, bearing six years of frustration and complications to last a lifetime. The word is lupus, a relatively simple word for something increasingly complex for myself and 1.5 million other Americans diagnosed with the autoimmune disease. Lupus, like other autoimmune diseases, is the result of the body fighting itself. Cells misbehave and attack healthy tissue causing a painful inflammation response.
Aspen Athletic Clubs has partnered with Conde Nast to raise awareness on heart disease through an experimental program called "Change of Heart."
Friends and family of Dominic and Patricia Rossi of Cicero will again host a dinner to honor Dom and Pat’s memory and raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Patricia Rossi served as the town clerk of Cicero from 1993 to 1998. Dominic served as a foreman in the Cicero Highway Department from 1975 to 1995. The St. Jude seventh annual Dominic and Patricia Rossi Memorial Dinner will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Welch Allyn Lodge in Skaneateles. New York Times best-selling author and former NFL star Tim Green will be this year’s special guest. Previous dinner special guests have been SU greats Floyd Little, Dan Conley and Kris Joseph, as well as Vincent Pastore of the television series “The Sopranos.”
As we enter the New Year, many of us are pledging to get healthier — to lose weight, exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables. But possibly the healthiest resolution, and one of the most enduring, is to quit smoking. But given that tobacco kills more people every year than alcohol, car accidents, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, fire and AIDS combined, wouldn’t it be better never to start?
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York has officially opened the doors to its new Central New York Ronald McDonald House and guest families are expected to stay at the house starting in December.
Onondaga County is one of the counties across 10 states that has committed to helping lower prescription drug costs for our underinsured residents. Onondaga County’s relationship with the Pro-Act Prescription Discount card began in 2007. In the last five years, residents have saved over $15 million on prescription drugs. The goal of the program is to ensure that Onondaga County residents with little or no prescription coverage can obtain their medications at a reasonable price.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York will officially open the doors to its new Ronald McDonald House this month.
In Central New York, 13 volunteers from the Red Cross CNY Chapter left Syracuse Wednesday afternoon for the Red Cross operational headquarters in White Plains, N.Y., where they will receive their deployment assignments
The class will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Red Cross Central New York Chapter, 220 Herald Place, Syracuse.