Participants needed for cancer prevention study
The American Cancer Society in Augusta is seeking about 500 people from the area between ages 30 and 65 who have never had a diagnosis of cancer to participate in a nationwide long-term study called Cancer Prevention Study-3.
Participants can register online to get an appointment to provide a small amount of blood, waist circumference and other baseline measures. Participants would answer surveys every few years to help researchers narrow down who is developing cancer and perhaps why, said Danielle Truan, the mission delivery manager for the cancer society’s Augusta office.
“The goal of the study is prevention of cancer, so they are going to be asking specific questions in these surveys and be looking for specific factors: lifestyle, genetic, environmental, medical history, these types of things,” she said. Some will develop cancer, but researchers “are hoping that their findings will make sense in terms of the things that are pointing to a cancer diagnosis in a specific person’s life.”
Those who enroll should be willing to commit to participating in the study for 20 to 30 years.
The cancer society is partnering with Doctors Hospital, Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics and University Hospital.
MCG Hospital and Clinics will enroll people for the study from 2 to 6:30 p.m. April 19 in the Cancer Center’s community room, 1411 Laney-Walker Blvd., Augusta. To make an appointment to enroll at the cancer center, call (706) 721-6744. Learn more about the study and enroll by going to www.cps3augusta.com.
MAU Workforce fuel sweepstakes
The Fuel Your Career Sweepstakes is sponsored by MAU Workforce Solutions, based in Augusta. Through Monday, enter to win a $500 gas gift card through Facebook, Twitter and a microsite. To enter, visit: www.facebook.com/mau.workforce.solutions/app_28134323652, promoshq.wildfireapp.com/twitter/233/contests/2000667 or
Stevi B's Pizza, at 212 Bobby Jones Expressway in Augusta, will give away pizza on April 29. To participate, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page to download the coupon good for a free regular whole-wheat to-go pizza.
The Central Savannah River Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State has formed. The group will focus on issues such as religion in public education, government display of religious symbols and faith-based initiatives. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (706) 364-5253 or (706) 513-1527.
Registration open for Camp Success
The Silver Crescent Foundation and Aiken Technical College will host Camp Success from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 9-13.
The hands-on educational camp focuses on science and engineering and is open to high school freshman and sophomores.
Camp applications are available at www.silvercrescentsc.org/camp.asp. Deadline to register is May 15.
Center has Movie Fridays to discuss mental health
The Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center’s Peer Support Services program will sponsor Movie Fridays during April and May.
The movies will have a mental health theme and a discussion on mental health and its stigma will follow the showing.
The movies will be shown at 11 a.m. each Friday in the health center’s community room at 1135 Gregg Highway, Aiken.
For more information, contact Joe Stertz Jr., a certified peer support specialist, at (803) 641-7700, ext. 102.
Family Y to host Healthy Kids Day
The Family Y of Greater Augusta will host Healthy Kids Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta Mall.
The event is aimed to promote year-long wellness and healthier living and will feature demonstrations of kids Zumba, break-dancing, youth boot camp and additional interactive, kid-friendly activities at each YMCA booth.
The event is free. For more information, contact Brandie Reese at (706) 359-2153.