January 25th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — When Liz Cronin began battling breast cancer in 1999, her teammates on the Middlebury Otters women’s ice hockey club rallied around her and launched the “Face Off Against Breast Cancer” tournament. Long after Cronin triumphed over the illness, FOABC, as the tourney has come to be known, continues to support the one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer, annually collecting tens of thousands of dollars for the Cancer Patient Support Foundation. Last year FOABC raised $70,000.
MIDDLEBURY — Larry Plesent grew up in a suburb of New York City surrounded by chemicals. His parents were cigarette smokers and he can remember insect foggers being set off in the area that produced clouds of toxins. Plesent become a window cleaner to earn some extra money while he was in college and worked for seven years cleaning high-rise commercial buildings, exposing himself to even more toxic cleaning compounds.
He constantly had dry, itchy skin, but, generally, everything was fine.
Then, suddenly, it wasn’t.
MIDDLEBURY — A new original painting, donated by renowned local artist Rory Jackson and Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, will be the featured raffle prize at the Feb. 5 Porter Medical Center benefit event, which will be held at Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the event itself, which will feature delicious local foods and beverages, are $35 per person and raffle tickets for the painting, created specifically for this event, are $10 each.
WILLISTON — It is documented that the majority of New Year’s resolutions fail and most do so early in the year, but if your resolution involves improving nutrition and increasing your level of physical activity, the American Cancer Society is urging you to stick it out to reduce your cancer risk.
According to the Society, more than half a million Americans will die of cancer in 2016, but about one-third of cancers are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity and carrying too much weight.
BURLINGTON — No two patients with lung cancer are exactly alike — some are former smokers and others have never smoked — and often, different genetic mutations are responsible for their disease. While treatments exist to target many of these mutations, cancer cells can be tricky to treat: they can adapt and sneak around the targeted drugs and continue to grow.
MIDDLEBURY — Why is it so hard to go to a doctor, or change the patterns to better your health?
Why do we have the tendency to invent a rationale for why we hurt or try to explain why it’s OK that we’re feeling awful?
BURLINGTON— One in four Americans (86 million people) have prediabetes, up from 79 million in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), though only 10 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it. But with awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
The Greater Burlington YMCA is urging Vermonters to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease.
Brighten the gloom and cold of February by going to see two of the funniest one-act comedies ever written. Middlebury Community Players presents Peter Shaffer’s “Black Comedy” and Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound” at the Town Hall Theater at 8 p.m. on Thursday. There will be repeat performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.