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A long distance letter of thanks for saving his child’s life
December 24, 2014: From Okinawa to Baystate Children’s Hospital
 
Winter health and safety
December 23, 2014: Tips from Baystate physicians
 
Having trouble getting your kids to sleep during the holidays?
December 19, 2014: Bedtime tips from a Baystate sleep specialist
 
Baystate Medical Center Reopens Medical Center Drive
December 19, 2014: Air-Handler Installation Is Complete, Normal Traffic Pattern Resumes
 
Calories count!
December 12, 2014: Coming soon to a restaurant near you – food labeling
 
Is the holiday rush making you tired?
December 11, 2014: 11 tips for a good night’s sleep
 
Baystate Urogynecology welcomes Dr. Ellen Solomon
December 08, 2014: Dr. Ellen Solomon joins Baystate Urogynecology
 
TechSpring makes debut in Downtown Springfield
December 08, 2014: Aims to ignite healthcare innovation, economic develop
 
2014 flu vaccine effectiveness questioned
December 05, 2014: Baystate physician says you still need a flu shot
 
Are you healthy enough to shovel snow?
November 26, 2014: Tips to protect your back
 
Grieving during the holidays
November 25, 2014: Gratitude is a very healing emotion
 
Thanksgiving isn’t just about food
November 24, 2014: Nurturing your mind and spirit as part of the holiday
 
Medical Center Drive to partially close
November 20, 2014: Temporary traffic change begins Nov. 22
 
Helpful and Healthful Substitutions for Your Thanksgiving Dinner
November 18, 2014: Baystate Health dietitian offers tasty tips
 
Aging population, bigger waistlines = diabetes
November 17, 2014: November is American Diabetes Month
 
Flu season has arrived
November 13, 2014: Don’t delay, get your flu shot now
 
Flu Season Has Arrived – Don’t Delay, Get Your Flu Shot Now
November 05, 2014: First pediatric flu death has already occurred in North Carolina
 
Get advice from life coach Valorie Burton
November 04, 2014: Register now for Spirit of Women Conference, Nov. 12
 
The End of Daylight Saving Time: Turing the Clocks Back Could Mean the Start of Seasonal Depression
November 03, 2014: Dr. Benjamin Liptzin, chair, Department of Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center, discusses what effect setting the clocks back and the lack of sunlight could have on your mood and health.
 
Drive alert and arrive alive
November 03, 2014: It’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Month
 
Baystate Children’s Hospital, Connecticut Children’s launch collaboration
October 31, 2014: Keeping high-level care close to home
 
Keep kids safe on Halloween
October 28, 2014: From costumes to candy to pedestrian safety
 
Be Informed, Know the Facts
October 28, 2014: Public At Low Risk for Ebola
 
Aiming for a cure, hoping to prevent breast cancer
October 27, 2014: $1m grant to help investigate novel strategies for prevention
 
It’s Food Day today
October 23, 2014: Get a free apple, visit info table in Daly Cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Food Day Recipes
October 23, 2014: National Food Day is October 24th
 
Dr. Maura Brennan among first certified in nation
October 21, 2014: Earns Hospice Medical Director Certified™
 
Local produce can help aid in weight loss
October 08, 2014: Try Paula’s “Top 5” local foods
 
Baystate to participate in Food Day activities
October 02, 2014: Focus on fresh, local, healthy foods
 
Information About Enterovirus D68
September 26, 2014: On Tuesday the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the arrival of the enterovirus D68 to the state.
 
Rays of Hope is just one month away
September 23, 2014: Time to begin your fundraising efforts
 
Reassurance on Enterovirus
September 18, 2014: Temporary visitor restrictions announced
 
Protecting Kids with Car seats
September 17, 2014: It’s National Child Passenger Safety Week
 
Keeping kids safe with car seats
September 16, 2014: A new study finds an alarming number of parents are allowing kids to use a seat belt alone before they are big enough.
 
Dr. Maura Brennan honored during Women in Medicine Month
September 15, 2014: Receives Inspirational Physician Award
 
Understanding and Preventing Suicide
September 08, 2014: Sept. 8-14 is National Suicide Prevention Week
 
New information for those considering double mastectomy
September 04, 2014: Study questions survival benefit
 
September is Cholesterol Education Month
September 02, 2014: It’s not just about your numbers any longer
 
Heart Association urges FDA to regulate electronic cigarettes
August 27, 2014: Baystate surgeon calls for more research
 
Baystate Health Announces New Leadership Appointments
August 27, 2014: Charles E. Cavagnaro III, MD, F.A.C.P., appointed president of Baystate’s Eastern Region. Shafeeq Ahmed, MD, appointed chief operating officer of Baystate’s Eastern Region.
 
Pediatricians call for later school starts
August 26, 2014: Adolescents need more sleep
 
Are you considering the Ice Bucket Challenge?
August 25, 2014: Local donation option exists, too, at Baystate
 
Does your child have a chronic illness?
August 20, 2014: What you need to know for back-to-school
 
Baystate employees “adopt a classroom”
August 20, 2014: Donate school supplies to local schoolchildren
 
Is your child fully vaccinated?
August 14, 2014: School starts soon
 
State Approves Three Determination of Need (DON) Requests
August 13, 2014: Transfer of ownership of Wing Memorial to Baystate Health Construction of new operating rooms at Baystate Franklin Medical Center Construction of new inpatient pharmacy in MassMutual Wing at Baystate Medical Center
 
Help for those battling depression
August 12, 2014: Identifying suicidal behaviors
 
Community centers offer free health fairs
August 11, 2014: It’s National Health Center Week
 
It's National Breastfeeding Awareness Week
August 04, 2014: Why breastfeeding is important
 
Pediatrician offers firsthand look at Liberia
July 31, 2014: Knew Liberian doctors who succumbed to Ebola
 
It’s National Minority Donor Awareness Week
July 31, 2014: August 1-7 is National Minority Donor Awareness Week, created to increase awareness of the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors, especially among minorities.
 
Surgeon General issues new warning on sun exposure
July 30, 2014: Baystate oncologist says warning should be taken seriously
 
Back To School is just around the corner
July 29, 2014: Help your child now to get ready for school
 
Potency of medications affected by extreme temperatures
July 25, 2014: Proper storage tips
 
Beware of the tick
July 23, 2014: Tips to prevent Lyme disease
 
Considering traveling while you’re pregnant?
July 21, 2014: Learn more from ob-gyn Dr. Katharine O. White
 
Baystate Medical Center ranked among nation’s top hospitals
July 16, 2014: Named in U.S. News & Word Report's Best Hospitals
 
Healthy Summer Recipe
July 15, 2014: Grilled Vegetable Stack with White Bean Salad
 
Register now for Mini-Medical School fall semester
July 11, 2014: Baystate Medical Center’s Mini-Medical School – which begins its fall session on Sept. 18 – is now accepting registrations for the eight-week health education series.
 
Lightning can be a matter of life or death
July 08, 2014: Tips to keep you safe
 
Blockbuster calories await summer moviegoers
July 07, 2014:
 
Find time to take a vacation from work
July 07, 2014: Your mind and body need to recharge
 
Kids in hot cars – a deadly combination
July 02, 2014: Tips to keep kids safe
 
Healthy Summer Recipe
July 01, 2014: Jalapeno Cilantro Cole Slaw
 
Dr. Mark A. Keroack assumes leadership of Baystate Health
July 01, 2014: On July 1, Dr. Mark A. Keroack, MPH, a native of Springfield, officially became president and chief executive officer of Baystate Health, succeeding Mark R. Tolosky, JD, FACHE, who has served in that role since 2004.
 
Consumer Reports Names Baystate Medical Center One of Nation’s Top Hospitals for Heart Surgery
June 27, 2014: Rated high in both surgical aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass surgery. Read more about Baystate’s standout performance.
 
Summer heat spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E for young and old
June 27, 2014: Tips on keeping cool
 
Fireworks are dangerous in the wrong hands
June 27, 2014: And are they too loud and scary for little kids?
 
Baystate Health Board of Trustees Honor President and CEO Mark R. Tolosky
June 25, 2014: To honor the leadership and achievements of President and CEO Mark R. Tolosky over his 22-year career, the Baystate Health Board of Trustees today announced the naming of the Tolosky Center at 3300 Main St. in Springfield.
 
Baystate announces new appointments
June 25, 2014: Three named leaders at regional community hospitals
 
It’s Men’s Health Month
June 16, 2014: Men need to step up to the plate and take responsibility for their health Tips for men of all ages – this is link to attached story
 
It’s Men’s Health Week
June 12, 2014: Men need to step up to the plate and take responsibility for their health.
 
Baystate Children’s Hospital Earns Top 50 ranking from U.S. News & World Report
June 10, 2014: Baystate Children's Hospital isanked among the top programs in the nation in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes
 
In the news – food additives
June 04, 2014: Baystate dietitian says not all additives are created equal
 
Dr. Lewis Cohen To Receive Prestigious Hackett Award
June 03, 2014: Psychiatrist Dr. Lewis Cohen Named Recipient of Prestigious Eleanor and Thomas P. Hackett Memorial Award National award recognizes outstanding achievement in psychosomatic medicine in training, research, clinical practice and leadership
 
Planting the Seeds of Excellence
May 29, 2014: Baystate Medical Center nurses and staff hold planter contest as part of their journey for Magnet redesignation.
 
Calling all babysitters
May 27, 2014: Sign up now for Babysitters Academy
 
Several cases of MERS reported in U.S
May 21, 2014: “No cause for panic” says infectious disease specialist
 
Summer picnics can be hazardous to your health
May 19, 2014: Tips to pack your basket safely.
 
Spring cleaning can be hazardous to your health
May 07, 2014: Tips for those with lung disease
 
It’s prom season
May 07, 2014: Baystate trauma chief offers tips for a safe prom
 
The Pediatrician Is In
May 05, 2014: Table talk, good nutrition is topic for May 14 lecture
 
Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings
April 10, 2014: To Be Held on April 16 at D’Amour Center for Cancer Care
 
Confirmed case of measles at Baystate Medical Center
April 05, 2014: Baystate Medical Center is informing the community that a patient at the hospital has a confirmed case of measles.
 
Child abuse is common and can occur anywhere
April 03, 2014: April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
 
The Pediatrician Is In
April 03, 2014: New Parent Education Series begins April 9
 
It’s Poison Prevention Week
March 17, 2014: Learn how to prevent childhood poisonings
 
Are you a breast cancer survivor?
March 17, 2014: Sign up for Survivors’ Day with former WNBA player Edna Campbell
 
Baystate Medical Center Named Top 100 Hospital
March 13, 2014: Recognized for seventh time by Truven Health Analytics as providing the highest level of value to the community
 
Baystate lifts flu-based restrictions on visitors
March 10, 2014: Flu activity on decline
 
It’s National Patient Safety Week
March 05, 2014: Learn how to become more engaged in your health care
 
Spring Mini-Medical School begins March 20
March 05, 2014: Register now for Springfield session
 
94.7 FM WMAS Radiothon set for March 6-8
February 25, 2014: Proceeds to benefit Baystate Children's Hospital
 
Learn about Baystate's Heart Healthy Pledge
February 14, 2014: Baystate Medical Center is urging everyone to “Love Your Heart” during American Heart Month in February by taking the Baystate Heart Healthy Pledge and breaking bad habits by adopting a heart healthy lifestyle.
 
Valentine’s Day Can Mean Romance and Some Healthy Dark Chocolate and Red Wine
February 11, 2014: February is American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day
 
National Wear Red Day for Women
February 06, 2014: Learn more about women and heart disease
 
Give the gift of life
February 04, 2014: Pledging to be an organ donor only takes a moment
 
Clinical staff rise to the occasion treating flu patients
January 30, 2014: Watch a behind-the-scenes video
 
Super Bowl snacking doesn’t mean cheating on your diet
January 28, 2014: Right next to the big game, it’s the snacks that everyone will be looking forward to this Super Bowl Sunday!
 
Heart & Vascular Lecture Series kicks off American Heart Month
January 27, 2014: Baystate Medical Center will hold its popular Heart and Vascular Health Lecture Series during the month of February beginning with a look at “Heart Health” on Sunday, Feb. 2.
 
The Polar Vortex has returned
January 23, 2014: Cold weather tips to stay safe
 
Visitors policy changed as flu becomes widespread
January 22, 2014: In order to protect its patients, guests and staff to the greatest extent possible from exposure to the flu virus, Baystate Health has adopted changes to its Visitors Policy.
 
Baystate Medical Center Brings Its Popular “Mini-Medical School” to Northampton
January 15, 2014: Classes begin Feb. 12 at Northampton Senior Center
 
What is RSV and how can it be prevented?
January 15, 2014: The infectious virus is now in the Springfield area community
 
Is it a cold or the flu? - Tips to recognize and treat both
January 14, 2014: Colds and flu are both highly contagious viral infections that share many of the same symptoms. So, do you have the have the flu or just a cold?”
 
Carbon monoxide threat grows with Arctic weather
January 09, 2014: Recent NY restaurant poisoning shows how deadly the gas can be
 
Cold weather that will have even snowmen shivering
January 03, 2014: How to stay safe in the Arctic temperatures
 
U.S. panel urges CT scans for heavy smokers
January 02, 2014: Baystate cancer chief offers his thoughts
 
CDC reports flu now widespread in Massachusetts
December 31, 2013: Tips to protect yourself and others
 
12 Health and Safety Tips for 2014
December 31, 2013: Dr. Levine sought out the assistance of the pediatric staff at Baystate Children’s Hospital and others to come up with a list of “12 Healthy and Safe Tips for 2014.”
 
Stay safe on New Year's Eve
December 31, 2013: Think designated driver if you plan on raising a glass
 
Drinking and driving don't mix
December 19, 2013: Study finds more car crashes leading up to Christmas
 
Baystate, UMass Memorial Reach Agreement for Wing Transfer
December 18, 2013: The boards of trustees of UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC), Baystate Health and Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers have authorized the organizations to sign a letter of intent to propose the transfer of ownership of Palmer-based Wing Memorial to Baystate Health.
 
Are you healthy enough to shovel snow?
December 13, 2013: Learn if you should leave the shoveling to others
 
It's the gift that keeps on giving - the gift of health
December 10, 2013: Shopping days dwindling
 
Baystate Health's Tolosky to End Tenure as President and CEO in July 2014
December 05, 2013: Springfield native Mark A. Keroack, MD, is named as successor.
 
Don't let sickness ruin your holiday season
December 03, 2013: Tips to stay healthy
 
Hand Washing 101 - The Proper Techniques
December 03, 2013: December 1-7 is National Hand Washing Awareness Week and with the holidays now in full swing, it’s important to clean your hands frequently to prevent catching a cold, flu or stomach bug.
 
New controversy over guidelines to reduce cardiac risk
November 27, 2013: Cardiologist Dr. Greg Giugliano offers his opinion
 
You Choose: Thanksgiving Overload or Healthier Feast
November 27, 2013: Choose your Thanksgiving meal
 
Holidays pose eating challenges for those with diabetes
November 26, 2013: It may not be coincidental that the month of November – Diabetes Awareness Month – is chosen to bring attention to the epidemic of diabetes in the United States, as the holidays from Thanksgiving through the New Year pose the greatest challenge for those with diabetes.
 
Baby, It's Cold Outside
November 25, 2013: How the cold affects your health
 
Staying Safe in the Kitchen - from Carving to Burn Injuries
November 25, 2013: Avoid carving injuries and burns in the kitchen
 
Doctors urge at-risk populations to get their flu shot now
November 22, 2013: Holidays are ripe for spread of flu
 
It's time for the Great American Smokeout
November 21, 2013: Baystate pulmonary nurse offers tips to make it through "day 1"
 
Congratulations to Dr. Lauren Meade on her selection as a Macy Scholar
November 18, 2013: Recognized as a future leader and educational innovator
 
Practical thinking about weight loss as the holiday eating season nears
November 15, 2013: See what Dr. John Romanelli has to say
 
New national guidelines announced to cut heart risk
November 13, 2013: Read what cardiologist Dr. Gregory Giugliano has to say
 
Are you grieving the loss of a loved one?
November 13, 2013: Planning for the holidays.
 
20th Annual Rays of Hope - A Big Success
October 25, 2013: Once again, the sun was shining when 24,000 Rays of Hope walkers and runners stepped off from Temple Beth El in Springfield and from Energy Park in Greenfield on Sunday, Oct. 20, raising $750,000 in the local fight against breast cancer.
 
Looking back on 20 years of breast cancer diagnosis
October 02, 2013: Twenty years ago, guidelines were for monthly breast self exam starting at age 20, yearly clinical breast exam at age 30, and yearly mammogram starting at age 40.
 
Know the facts during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
September 27, 2013: Today, men have many treatment options for their prostate cancer.
 
The time is "now" to get your flu shot
September 24, 2013: Know the facts
 
Do you know your numbers?
September 17, 2013: September is National Cholesterol Education Month
 
It’s time to form teams for this year’s Rays of Hope Walk
September 13, 2013: This year’s annual walk events – held each October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – are presented by Health New England.
 
Concussions impact all aspects of an athlete's life
September 05, 2013: A concussion is a head injury that occurs with or without the loss of consciousness and changes how the cells in the brain normally function.
 
Preventing Back-To-School sports injuries
August 30, 2013:
 
Home sickness for kids, empty nest for parents
August 29, 2013: The first year of college is quite stressful for many students who may experience bouts of separation anxiety, difficulties balancing study with social and recreational interests, emotional ups and downs, and substance abuse.
 
Tips for successful parenting when it comes to schoolwork
August 28, 2013: After a long, hot summer away from the classroom, kids may need a little extra nudge from parents to get them back into the study mode.
 
Do your homework and remember the rules of safety
August 27, 2013: Parents and drivers need to do their part to make sure the 2013-2014 school year is a safe one for school children everywhere.
 
Packing a cold lunch that cools while it fuels
August 26, 2013: As the school year quickly approaches, how can we ensure our kids are fueling up for the second half of their school day?
 
Is Alzheimer’s disease in your future?
August 26, 2013: Learn more all September during Alzheimer's Awareness Month
 
Free health fairs scheduled as part of National Health Week
August 13, 2013: Baystate Medical Center’s three community health centers in Springfield will hold free health fairs during National Health Center Week, Aug. 11-17
 
Back to School Backpack Safety
August 07, 2013: Find out why your child's backpack may be causing permanent damage
 
Get those Back-To-School vaccinations now
August 01, 2013: August is Immunization Awareness Month
 
Blueberries - the perfect summertime or anytime fruit
August 01, 2013: Blueberries not only taste great, but are also called a super fruit because they provide a punch of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber.
 
Baystate Medical Center named "Top Hospital" by U.S. News and World Report
July 17, 2013: Ranked the third-best hospital in Massachusetts
 
Pregnancy and the heat don't mix
July 16, 2013: Tips to stay safe
 
Baystate Health Named a Leader in Human Rights Group's Healthcare Equality Index 2013
July 15, 2013: Achieves perfect rating for inclusive policies
 
Never take your eyes off kids around water
July 09, 2013: The cooling waters of area rivers and lakes may be tempting on a hot summer’s day, but the temporary relief isn’t worth risking your life over.
 
When thunder roars, head indoors
July 01, 2013: Lightning safety tips
 
Baystate recognized as top U.S. children's hospital
June 11, 2013: Baystate Children’s Hospital has been ranked in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.
 
Pretty but hazardous - Explosive fireworks
June 06, 2013: Not for child's play
 
Step Out in support of hospice services
June 04, 2013: Annual walk brings attention to benefits of hospice and offers a day of exercise for a good cause
 
How to stay cool and safe this summer
May 29, 2013: The summertime heat has returned, and along with it for those having fun in the sun or working outdoors, comes the risk of heat-related illnesses.
 
Family history important in major decisions on breast health
May 14, 2013: Popular actress Angelina Jolie has revealed that she has had a double mastectomy as a preventive measure after learning she was at high risk for breast cancer based on her family history and her own genetic profile.
 
Making smart choices on Prom Night
May 01, 2013: Tips to keep prom-goers safe and healthy
 
Get the word out - childhood vaccinations are safe
April 24, 2013: It's National Infant Immunization Week
 
With million-dollar gift, Baystate names Emergency Department
April 16, 2013: Now called Harold Grinspoon & Diane Troderman Adult Emergency Department
 
Participants sought for autism clinical research study
April 12, 2013: Study involves an investigational drug on social interaction and communication skills in children with autism, Asperger's disorder, or PDD-NOS
 
Baystate Children's Hospital to hold Service of Remembrance
April 02, 2013: RSVP by April 12
 
Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening set for April 10
April 02, 2013: Baystate Medical Center is one of the many sites worldwide that will be offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings in observance of the 16th annual Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.
 
Give the "gift of life" by becoming an organ donor
March 21, 2013: You can give the gift of life by simply taking a few moments of your time to register right now to become an organ donor.
 
Your second chance at eating right this year
March 11, 2013: March is National Nutrition Month
 
Dreaded by many, colonoscopy saves lives
March 07, 2013: National campaign focuses on colorectal cancer
 
Dreaded by many, colonoscopy saves lives
March 06, 2013: March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
 
Radiothon to benefit Baystate Children's Hospital begins March 7
March 04, 2013: Tune into 94.7 WMAS all three days
 
Don't be embarrassed to ask your caregiver questions
March 04, 2013: Tips for Patient Safety Awareness Week
 
Change Heroes needed for March Radiothon
February 14, 2013: Proceeds to benefit Baystate Children's Hospital
 
You can control cardiac risk factors
February 14, 2013: Never too late to adopt healthy lifestyle
 
New year's resolutions failed? Try again
February 14, 2013: Always time to resolve to keep your family healthy and safe
 
Carbon monoxide among top winter dangers
February 07, 2013: Caution is the key to avoiding 'silent killer'
 
How to weather the winter storm, health-wise
February 07, 2013: With heavy snow and cold comes risk
 
Heart attack survivor urges women to know warning signs
February 01, 2013: Only 1 in 5 women believes heart disease is a threat
 
Don't let the silent killer - carbon monoxide - get you
January 24, 2013: The arctic weather finally arrived in the region as temperatures spent a prolonged period below freezing in January. And, along with the cold weather comes an increasing risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning when trying to keep warm.
 
Heart & Vascular Lectures begin Feb. 3
January 17, 2013: Tips to keep you heart healthy
 
Is it a cold or the flu?
January 17, 2013: Tips to recognize and treat both
 
Baystate study: Online hospital reviews could boost quality
January 10, 2013: Baystate Physician-Researchers Report that Online Reviews of Hospitals, Similar to Those Found on Yelp! and Tripadvisor, May Be a Powerful Tool for Hospital Quality Improvement
 
Baystate pathologists helping to define lung cancer
November 23, 2012: Molecular genetics offering new hope for patients
 
Don’t let holiday stress ruin your season
November 23, 2012: It’s Black Friday and the holiday shopping season has officially begun.
 
Sadowsky Family Pediatric Emergency Department at Baystate Children’s Hospital
November 15, 2012:
 
UPDATE: Weather Related Information for Springfield-based Employees
October 29, 2012: October 29, 2012 - 6:45 p.m. UPDATE: Weather Related Information for Springfield-based Employees BMC remains in a Plan D standby and the Emergency Operations Center is open.
 
Facts about West Nile virus
August 23, 2012: Amid concern, Baystate physician offers reassurance, guidance
 
Baystate Medical Center Is Named One of the Nation's Top Hospitals By Thomson Reuters
April 26, 2012:
 
Who should get tested for oral, head and neck cancers?
March 21, 2012: The answer is every adult, screening set for April 25.
 
Heart healthy Valentine’s Day gifts
January 26, 2012: If you’re looking to make this Valentine’s Day a little healthier when it comes to gift giving, consider a box of chocolates that is all dark, not milk or white, a nice bottle of red wine, and flowers, that is, if your Valentine isn’t allergic to them.
 
Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable
 
Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable
March 12, 2012: Have you scheduled your colonoscopy, yet?
 
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Build your team, solicit sponsors now
August 14, 2014: Rays of Hope steps off Oct. 19