2008-02-15 / Community

Erin On The Rox

By Erin Baumann

The Rockaway Relay for Life kickoff party will be held at the Irish Circle on Thursday, March 6, 2008 from 7-9 p.m. Please come and hear about this year's event. There will be food and drinks and information about how to start your own team, as well as how to join the committees for the event on June 28. In the meantime, you can check out the website by visiting http://events.cancer.org/RFLforttilden NY.

Last week, I got the chance to see the newly opened Hope Lodge at the American Cancer Society's Manhattan office. I was there for a meeting to be briefed on the 2008 legislative initiatives by ACS Can. I had no idea I would be seeing this incredible place.

I had come to their office after a particularly stressful day at work, but immediately upon walking into the Hope Lodge, I felt at ease.

The New York City Hope Lodge is one of many around the country sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Each patient must be referred by a social worker, and his or her place of treatment must be over an hour from his or her home. The New York City Hope Lodge opened its doors in November of 2007. It can house up to 120 people at a time. Every detail has been meticulously thought of to create a true sanctuary for each person fighting his or her illness. It was inspiring to see the support that would be received by coming to the lodge. After the tour I felt very at ease. The stress of the day just fell away. Please see www.cancer.org for more information about the NYC Hope Lodge.

The 2008 Roxbury Saint Patrick's Day Party is almost here!! The event being held at the Mayor's Committee on March 8 will have the usual Irish Shenanigans. See you then!!

Happy Birthday Wishes to: Tania Taphouse ~ February 1, Jackie Taphouse ~ February 8, Jackie Rutter ~ February 12, Eddie Morgan ~ February 14, Michael and Matthew Beehler ~ February 14, Gillian Galvin ~ February 24, and Happy First Birthday to Shamus Morgan ~ February 29.

Take care, E Erin.baumann@gmail.com

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