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Cancer seminar: West Virginia University Hospitals-East and the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Eastern Division will sponsor a free community mini-medical school program on cancer. “The Three Most Common Cancers” will be held Tuesday at the new Hampton Inn and Suites in Charles Town. An update on breast, colon and lung cancer will be presented. Sign-in for the community mini-medical school program begins at 6:30 p.m., with the program to follow from 7 to 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended. For more details or to register, phone 304-264-1287, Ext. 176

Discount mammograms: Two Panhandle hospitals will offer special discount mammogram clinics next month. West Virginia University Hospitals-East will offer special clinics May 5, 12 and 19 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center and at City Hospital’s Breast Care Center. The clinics are scheduled from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial in Ranson and from 7:30 a.m. to noon at City in Martinsburg. Women pay a discounted community service fee of $60 (cash, check or credit card) for the screening procedure, which includes the digital technology test and the interpretation by a radiologist. The program is open to women 35 and older. All patients taking part in the screening mammogram clinics must register in advance. To schedule a mammogram, call Jefferson Memorial Hospital at 304-724-5647 or City Hospital at 304-264-1297.

Running clinics: Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, nationally ranked distance runner and local physician, will be conducting running clinics to promote proper form, injury prevention and improve performance. The clinics are geared to runners of all levels. The clinics will be held the first Friday of each month. The next clinic is May 3. Two clinics will be offered. At 4 p.m., the clinic will cover stability, mobility and strength. At 5 p.m., the topic will be running form. Clinics will be held in the Aerobics Room in The Wellness Center on the campus of City Hospital. The program is free and open to all. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 304-264-1287, Ext. 1814 or email

May 10 blood drive: The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive next month in memory of Jefferson County’s Cynthia Snyder, who was a well-loved teacher and florist. The May 10 drive is sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Martinsburg and will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at 301 Foxcroft Ave. in Martinsburg. Each donor will get a potted plant to honor Snyder’s memory. She suffered from a rare bone marrow disease that required monthly blood transfusions for much of her life. Beginning with transfusions at only 8 weeks of age, she was able to tolerate the anemia up into her mid-20s when she had to try experimental drug therapy, which pushed her anemia into remission for more than 20 years.

In 2002 the drug therapy became ineffective and she again became reliant on blood transfusions. The frequency of these transfusions increased over time up to the point that Cynthia required two units of blood every three weeks. Said Lee Snyder of his late wife: “Cynthia was always thankful for the gift of life she received from those who donate blood.” To schedule an appointment for this blood drive or any other American Red Cross blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit To sign up for the drive in Snyder’s memory, click Make a Donation on the right side of the screen, enter zip code 25401 and choose the May 10 date. To donate, individuals must be healthy; at least 17 years of age (West Virginia teens as young as 16 may donate with parental consent); and weighing at least 110 pounds.

Mother’s Day brunch: Mother’s Day can be a difficult holiday for women whose mothers have passed away. On May 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, the Grief Support Services of Hospice of the Panhandle will host a brunch program for women in this situation, regardless of how recent or long ago their mother died. Participants will learn ways to manage grief during this holiday as well as have an opportunity to remember and honor their mothers. A short presentation will be followed by a craft and candle lighting. The Mother’s Day brunch is free and will be held in the multi-purpose room of Hospice of the Panhandle in Martinsburg. For details or to register, call 304-264-3902.

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