BRADENTON -- The second annual Causeway4theCause takes place Oct. 29, when participants will walk to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and raise awareness about breast cancer.
The walk will begin at the parking lot of the Manatee County Public Beach on Anna Maria Island and continue on the causeway to Palma Sola Boulevard and then loop back to the beach.
Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. Participants can pre-register by emailing causeway4thecause@ tampabay.rr.com or stopping by Beach Bums Island Attitude, 427 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Beach Bums is sponsoring the walk, and fitness trainer Eleni Romeo is the organizer, said Beach Bums owner Lauren Sato.
In addition to wanting to help breast cancer patients, Sato has personal reasons for participating, too. Her mother died of breast cancer in 1994, when Sato was in high school.
Before her death, “my mother was a huge breast cancer advocate,” said Sato.
In all, the distance of the walk is 8 miles, but there will be 3- and 5-mile markers for those who would rather go for a shorter walk.
A donation of $25 is suggested but not required to join the walk; all money raised will be given to the Susan G. Komen organization.
Walkers are asked to wear an article of pink clothing.
For more information, call 778-3316.
Research company hosting an open house
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Florida Clinical Research Center, a medical research company that conducts clinical trials, will be showing off its new location in an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26. The center is at 8043 Cooper Creek Blvd., Suite 107.
The event is open to the public and in addition to touring the facility, visitors will be able to meet the staff and learn about ongoing and future studies.
The center tests medications for conditions such as mental disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder, and other medical conditions. Those who volunteer for the studies receive medication and related medical care without charge.
At the open house, visitors can schedule free screenings for depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and asthma.
“The screenings are self-rated questionnaires based on history,” said Ginger Moritz, a nurse and the center’s intake coordinator.
Screenings won’t take place at the open house, but scheduled at a later date to allow for privacy, said Moritz.
For more information about the open house or for directions to the center, call Pam DeCambre-Reed at 747-7900 or email preed@FLCRC.com.
Flu vaccines for children are free at health dept.
BRADENTON -- Free flu vaccines are available for children ages 6 months to 18 years old at the Manatee County Health Department, 410 Sixth Ave. E., Bradenton.
The department’s immunization clinic also offers flu vaccines to adults for $25.
The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and appointments aren’t necessary.
All ages can become sick with the influenza, but young children contract the flu most often, said Sandra Edmoundson, the health department’s nursing director.
Edmoundson recommends that parents teach children about the importance of washing hands frequently, covering their mouth when coughing, and sneezing into the inside of the elbow instead of their hands.
For more information, call the health department at 748-0747, ext. 1269.
The health department also offers an online “flu shot finder” for locating flu shot clinics at places such as grocery stores and pharmacies.
Go to www.doh.state.fl.us/disease_ctrl/ immune/flu/flu_locator.htm.
Doss named interim CEO for Community Haven
SARASOTA -- A new interim CEO is heading up Community Haven for Adults and Children With Disabilities, an organization in Sarasota that offers a preschool for young children with special needs, help with community housing and job training for adults, and other services for the disabled.
Marla Doss was named interim CEO by the Community Haven board of directors after the resignation of former CEO Jim Doherty.
Doss is a longtime employee of the organization. She began her career there 26 years ago. Her first job at Community Haven was in housing for the disabled, at the time when it had on-site living facilities.
When Community Haven changed strategies to place disabled men and women in off-campus community living arrangements, Doss worked in that transition.
Before being named interim CEO, she was Community Haven’s development director.
“I’m very excited about being able to continue serve clients,” said Doss, who added the organization serves 700 men, women and children.
For more information about Community Haven, visit www.communityhaven.com.
Susan Hemmingway, Herald health correspondent, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.