EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 20, 2013

YWCA of Greater Lawrence awarded Komen Cure grant


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Massachusetts affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently awarded grants totaling $325,000 to seven non-profit organizations in the state including the YWCA of Greater Lawrence.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure is committed to the promise of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find a cure.

The YWCA targets medically underserved Latinas and other immigrants with decreased access to medical services through its Women’s Breast Health Advocacy project. The program provides breast health outreach, health education, case management, and supportive follow-up services to breast cancer screening services for low-income Greater Lawrence women who lack access to screening. Interactive gatherings and land/water exercises are integral components of the program.

“Our grantees, such as the YWCA of Greater Lawrence, are vehicles for change at the grass roots level, helping to break down barriers to care by providing services ranging from transportation to and from medical appointments and assisting with language and cultural challenges, to providing financial assistance with medical,” said Jeanette Beltran, Director of Community Initiatives at Komen MA.

Grants are awarded through a highly-competitive application process during which an independent panel of local experts reviews the applications for impact, feasibility, sustainability, and other criteria to ensure that those programs fitting Komen MA’s mission are funded. Once the grants are presented, they are carefully managed by Komen MA staff to ensure that funds are applied effectively.

Veterinarian to receive Golden Deeds award

ANDOVER - Local veterinarian Dr. Richard D. Lindsay of Andover is this year’s recipient of The Exchange Club of Lawrence’s Book of Golden Deeds Award.

The award is bestowed annually to a person who has devoted time and talents to helping others.

“There is no question that Dr. Lindsay is one such person,” said Rick Blain, an Exchange Club past president and chairman of the Book of Golden Deeds program, adding that a number of people recommended Lindsay for the award.

A member of the Board of Governors of the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club, Lindsay’s key interest has been providing motivated kids from Lawrence with opportunities that they could not otherwise have. While he for years sponsored college scholarships, he recognized the need to make a long-term investment so that a young person could not only enroll in college, but earn a degree.

Lindsay was also behind establishing the Shadow Fund to offer services to those who could not pay for the often extraordinary medical costs for their animals. Shadow was a 5-year-old yellow Labrador retriever owned by a Vietnam veteran who was willing to quit his $488-per-week job to enable him to access his 401K retirement fund to care for Shadow.

A story about Shadow by Mark Vogler in The Eagle-Tribune piqued the interest of Lindsay and Diane Sullivan at Massachusetts School of Law. Their plea for assistance resulted in a surplus of donations beyond what was needed to care for Shadow and led to the beginning of the fund.

The Book of Golden Deeds dinner and awards ceremony will be held May 28, at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover. The dinner reception begins at 6 p.m., with the award ceremony starting at 7. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by contacting Blain, event chairman, at 978-332-5100 or by email at rick@rrblain.com. Payments may also be sent to the Exchange Club of Lawrence, P.O. Box 552, Lawrence 01842.

Plaistow motorcycle run to fight Lyme disease

PLAISTOW —The Plaistow Lions Club will be sponsoring its fourth annual poker run June 2 to help fight Lyme disease.

The club encourages people to join more than 300 motorcyclists expected to attend. The ride’s registration begins at 9 a.m.; individuals or groups may depart on the self-guided run at their leisure between 9 and 11 a.m. from the American Legion’s Carl G. Davis Post 34, 176 Main St.

The donation is $15 for the rider or $25 with a passenger. Riders helping raise funds for Lyme disease research will complete the run back at the American Legion, after rolling through 80 miles. Food, live music, raffle prizes will be at the finish. Enjoy a $5 breakfast buffet, available at 8 a.m.

Poker cards drawn at stops along the way will win prizes, including one for best and worst poker hands. Call Ed Thurston at 479-2439 or Jaimie Bezanson at 770-8948. Details can also be found on Facebook at “PlaistowNHLions” or plaistow.nhlions.org.

Check out AD/HD presentation in Hampstead

HAMPSTEAD — The Hampstead Special Education Parent Group is hosting the Windham/Nashua Chapter of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Hampstead Middle School library.

They will answer questions about ADHD, including treatment options and diagnoses.

Certificates for staff development hours will be available. RSVP to info@hampsteadsepg.org if planning to attend.

For more information, visit hampsteadsepg.org.

Windham seeksnew CIP member

WINDHAM — The Planning Board is recruiting for a three-year term on the Capital Improvements Program Committee.

See the CIP page on windhamnewhampshire.com for more information. Apply with a letter by May 31 to Community Development Department, c/o Community Planner, P.O. Box 120, Windham, 03087.

Address questions to Elizabeth Wood, 432-3806 or ewood@windhamnewhampshire.com.