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Loss of a child to addiction disrupts natural order

When a couple make the decision to have a child, a natural plan begins to fall into place. With great anticipation they wait for that happy plan to become reality — birthdays, elementary school, high school, college, marriage and eventually grandchildren. Never does that plan include the devastating loss of a child due to addiction.

Day after day we hear about opiate-related deaths in our region and across the country.  Children are dying outside of the “natural order,” and when it occurs it sends people into a tailspin. We’re just not supposed to outlive our children. 

While there is really no “getting over” such a loss, you can begin to integrate it into your life. It’s important to understand that grief is a long journey and finding normalcy takes time. You don't wake up one day and everything's good again.

FREE Buffalo Police Training Opiod Overdose Moved to April 27 at 6pm-8pm

FREE Buffalo Police Training Opiod Overdose Moved to April 27 at 6pm-8pm

Buffalo, N.Y. – The Buffalo Police Department will hold four community Narcan training sessions. The sessions, which are free and open to the public, will focus on how to administer the life-saving overdose antidote. Attendees will receive a free Narcan kit, containing two doses of Narcan, upon completion of the training session.

FREE Community Training in Opiod Overdose Naloxone & Reversal

FREE Community Training in Opiod Overdose Naloxone & Reversal

Free Community Trainings in Opioid Overdose Recognition & Use of Naloxone for Reversal, sponsored by the Erie County Health Dept. Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose; administer naloxone (Narcan) properly; and take necessary follow-up steps. There will be two training opportunities in the Town of Tonawanda. Follow the links below to register for April 16th or April 20th.

Keep the Streets Safe this St. Patrick’s Day: Don’t Drink and Drive!

Keep the Streets Safe this St. Patrick’s Day: Don’t Drink and Drive!

With fun parades, a large Irish community and no shortage of pubs in which to celebrate, St. Patrick’s Day is a huge event in Buffalo and Western New York. But when excessive alcohol becomes part of the equation, St. Patrick’s Day can quickly turn tragic.

As one of the country’s most popular holidays, St. Patrick’s Day has long celebrated the roots of 34.2 million Americans with Irish ancestry, and many more who just want to partake in the festivities. However, did you know that in 2014 there were 18 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Paddy’s Day? This year, if you’ll be drinking alcohol, remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving!

Improving Indoor Air Quality Can Improve Your Overall Health

Improving Indoor Air Quality Can Improve Your Overall Health

Have you ever stopped to think about the quality of the air you’re breathing? While air quality is usually out of your control when you’re outdoors or in a place of business, you can most definitely do something about the air you breathe in your home.

There are many things that can contribute to poor air quality, especially in heavily insulated homes that can trap air inside. Following are just a few of the many causes:
• Inadequate fresh air supply and/or poor ventilation system maintenance. 
• Pollutants given off by building or furnishing materials. 
• Pollutants from standard household items such as cleaning products, appliances, pesticides, and off-gases from new materials.
• Microorganisms or other biological contaminants.
• Contaminants brought into the building from outside, such as exhausts from sanitary stacks, boiler stacks, natural gas vents or flues. 

Grateful patient leaves $2.3 million to Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Grateful patient leaves $2.3 million to Kenmore Mercy Hospital

During the season of giving, it is often the gifts we least expect that can have the most meaning.

The Kenmore Mercy Foundation received a special gift this Christmas from a grateful patient who has left a lasting legacy to Kenmore Mercy Hospital for years to come. The local resident, John M. Repetski, left a $2.3 million bequest to benefit the hospital. It is the largest gift from an individual donor in the hospital’s 65-year history. 

While the significant size of the bequest astonished hospital officials, receiving a gift from this donor, who had contributed to Kenmore Mercy in the past, did not. The foundation staff knew Mr. Repetski for more than five years, and had forged a strong relationship built on his deep Catholic faith and ties to the local community. 

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

The Pregnancy & Cancer Registry is a growing database of women from around the world who have been diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. The database was developed by Dr. Elyce Cardonick, a nationally recognized expert in maternal-fetal medicine. 

Dr. Cardonick has been helping pregnant women diagnosed with cancer have healthy babies for 17 years. These women are very brave, and at first want to deny themselves cancer treatment during pregnancy because they are afraid it will hurt their fetus.