Health Briefs: 5-2-13 |

Health Briefs: 5-2-13

Cycling for Huntington’s Disease

The “bicycling grandmas” (aka BGs) are at it again, planning their 15th bicycle trip to raise funds for families impacted by Huntington’s Disease (HD) and for research. They first want to give a big thank you to the Grand Junction community for its support by giving thousands of dollars, which helps support a facility in Denver where local families receive care from specialized HD medical professionals.

This year, Marie Nemec, 69, and Charlotte Reicks,77, have chosen a route from Galveston, Texas, to Jacksonville, Fla., about 1,000 miles, where the Hunington’s Disease National Convention is scheduled for June 21-23.

The public is invited to a send-off breakfast Saturday, June 1, to give them and their fellow bicyclists a boost. In exchange, great food is promised courtesy of Home Style Bakery, City Market and Safeway at Sherwood Park, north pavilion, from 8:30-10 a.m.

Six more HD bicyclists are joining the BGs this year, including two who bicycled with them in 2012 from Grand Junction to Las Vegas: Sherri Kole of Idaho and Gary Heiman of Ohio. Sherri’s son has HD, and Gary’s wife is a social worker for HD families in the Columbus, Ohio, area. For the first time, two local bicyclists also committed to the ride: Heather and Hope Chynoweth of Fruita. Heather is a P.A. and has had contact with HD patients and families in that capacity. Devon Walker, kindergarten teacher from Ohio, is bicycling for the first time for her grandmother, aunts and uncles who have HD, and Mary Ann Taylor from California is bicycling for her nephew with HD. This year’s ride is dedicated to Debby Martin of Madison, Wis., who passed away from HD March 2. The BGs met her in 2006 on their ride from Kearney, Neb., to Milwaukee.

The HD support group meets the last Tuesday of every month at First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave.

Losing weight with St. Mary’s Hospital

If you are considering weight loss surgery, attend a free education session presented by the staff of St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center. St. Mary’s offers all surgical options — gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and biliopancreatic diversion procedures — performed by a bariatric-trained surgeon.

Learn how the different types of surgery work, who qualifies, and more. Family and friends are welcome. The meeting is set for Wednesday, May 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Life Center at 2686 Patterson Road, in Grand Mesa Room. Use Entrance 40. Call 970-298-6400 to register.

Free Skin Cancer Screening

Free skin cancer checks by board-certified dermatologists are available to individuals who do not have a physician or health insurance. This is a visual check of a specific area of concern, not a full-body exam. Screenings follow American Academy of Dermatology guidelines. Call 970-298-2351 to make an appointment, which is required. Screenings are set for Wednesday, May 8, and Thursday, May 9, from 3-6 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center at 750 Wellington Ave.

‘The doctor is in’ Grand Junction

Parkinson Association of the Rockies is in its third year of “The Doctor Is In” seminar series, a provocative, innovative and beneficial seminar provided by experts in the field. The series was developed in order to provide needed educational resources to people with Parkinson’s and their families living in rural Colorado.

The FREE program, set for Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Country Inn, 718 Horizon Drive, will feature expert speakers. For more information and to register, call 1-866-718-2996.

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