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<lst>Inova Blood Donor Services is in critical need of all blood types and of blood platelets. Donating blood now will ensure that supplies will be plentiful during the summer months, a time when supplies decrease and need increases. With more traffic accidents on busy highways, the only Level 1 trauma center in Northern Virginia, Inova Fairfax Hospital, will be needing more blood. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. Each facility has morning and evening hours. Must be 17 or older and weigh 100 pounds or more. Call 1-866-BLOODSAVES or log onto www.inova.org/donateblood to schedule an appointment.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Team For Life will be participating in the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 26 in order to raise money to help fund cystic fibrosis research. Those interested in running in a marathon can be a part of the Team For Life. Jay Wind, a Marine Corps Marathon age-group champion, will coach Team For Life through weekly group training runs and daily communication via discussion groups, e-mail and telephone. The training program begins in June and continues until race day. Runs will take place at various area trails and tracks in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. There will also be tips on fund-raising to aid participants in raising the minimum of $1,700 for cystic fibrosis research. For more information, contact Jill Kaminsky, Director of Special Events, at 301-657-8444 or jkaminsky@cff.org.

ADD/ADHD parents can learn about drug-free solutions on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Springfield Whole Foods. Sponsored by Twinbrooke Chiropractic. Call 703-425-0048 to reserve a seat.

Free backpack screenings with Twinbrooke Chiropractic. Twinbrooke Chiropractics will offer scoliosis and spinal exams as well as evaluations of backpacks through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. To reserve a time, call 703-425-0048.

Teens' Educational Support Program. Wednesdays, at Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Call for time; group forming. Eight-week group for teens ages 13-18 who have cancer. Registration is required. Call Jenny Eckert at 703-208-5623.

United Ostomy Association Northern Virginia Chapter will not meet in August. The next meeting will be Sept. 7.

Prostate Cancer Support Group (an "Us Too" affiliate). This group will not meet in August. The next meeting will be Sept. 9.

Parkinson's Disease Exercise Class meets weekly on Wednesdays, at 10 a.m., at Little River Glen, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. No charge; patients and family members welcome. For more information, call Victor Gault at 703-383-5830.

ICAN of Northern Virginia (International Cesarean Awareness Network) will meet on the following dates at 7 p.m., at Inova HealthSource, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax: Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. For more information, visit www.icanofnova.org/ or call 703-237-6136.

Mini Camp for Children with a Family Member with Cancer. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 28 and 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Two, six-hour days consisting of art activities, educational sessions, discussions of feelings and games designed to help children ages 5-12 who have a loved one with cancer. Snack and lunch will be provided. Ronald McDonald House on the Fairfax Hospital Campus. Registration is required. Call Jenny Eckert at 703-208-5623.

Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group (Support Group for Adults diagnosed with Seizure Disorders and Caregivers) meets every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m., at Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. Upcoming meetings are: Sept. 3, 10, 16, 24. Free of charge. For additional information, call 703-425-6660.

The United Ostomy Association, Northern Virginia Chapter, will host its monthly support group meeting on Sunday, Sept. 7, at Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, in conference rooms D-E-F, located above Skylight Cafe. There will be refreshments and socializing at 1:30 p.m., and a meeting from 2-3:30 p.m. The program will report on UOA's national conference in Las Vegas. Learn about UOA's visiting program, as discussed and detailed by director Betty Anna Louick. No admission fee. Parking in Blue garage. For information, call 703-802-3457.

La Leche League of Fairfax City will host its next meeting on Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. The topic is "The Advantages of Breastfeeding to Mother and Baby." Pregnant and nursing women as well as their children are welcome to attend. Meeting location is Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St. Free. For more information or questions, call a La Leche League Leader at 703-255-6808 or 703-280-0986.

Treatments for Adult Leukemias: What's New, What's Next. On Thursday, Sept. 11, 7:15 to 9 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Dr. Ivan Aksentijevich from Fairfax-Northern Virginia oncology, PC will discuss new treatments for leukemia (CML, AML and CLL). To register, contact the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 703-960-1100 Ext. 231 or singers@dc-cap.leukemia-lymphoma.org.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets on the third Thursday of the month, at 2 p.m., at Little River Glen, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. The next meeting is Sept. 18. No charge; patients and family members welcome. For more information, call 703-891-0821.

Parents of Children with Epilepsy-Burke is a support group for parents of children of all ages diagnosed with seizure disorders. It meets the fourth Monday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Braddock Supervisors Office, Meeting Room, 9002 Burke Lake Road. The next meeting is Sept. 22. Free of charge, for additional information, call 703-425-6660.

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group. Meets the third Monday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m., at Manor Care of Fair Oaks, 12475 Lee Jackson Highway. Facilitated by trained group leaders, ongoing, free and open to the community. Support groups allow families to meet other caregivers, to share experiences and care giving tips while developing coping skills. Caregivers and family members are invited to visit. Call Anita Newsome, group leader, at 703- 352-7172 prior to attending for the first time.

Gardening enthusiasts living with rheumatoid arthritis meeting. Learn from a master gardener how to design an arthritis-friendly garden. A rheumatologist will discuss rheumatoid arthritis and the latest treatments; an occupational therapist will talk about the physical and psychological benefits of gardening. Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 6:30 - 8 p.m., at the Marriot in Tyson's Corner, 8028 Leesburg Pike. The event is free. R.S.V.P. at 1-877-99-CANDO.

La Leche League of Burke meets on the first Saturday of each month, at 9:30 a.m. Meetings take place at the Burke Presbyterian Church on Oak Leather Drive off of Burke Center Parkway. The next meeting will be on Saturday, Sept. 6. The breast feeding support group offers help and support to mothers who are currently breast feeding a child or anyone who plans to breastfeed. Expectant and new mothers are encouraged to attend. The topic will be the advantages of breast feeding, but all questions and concerns will be addressed. The meeting is free and babies are welcome. For additional information, contact Leslie at 703-256-2754 or Marisa at 703-323-7301.

TLC: Teens Living with Cancer. Monthly social activities for 13 to 18-year-olds who have cancer at Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Registration is required. Call Jenny Eckert at 703-208-5623.

Melanoma Meeting. This fall, the Life with Cancer Inova Health System Program will start a meeting for individuals with melanoma. Call to indicate interest or for more information: 703-698-2841. Visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Inova HealthSource needs over 200 adult volunteers to operate "Flu Clinics." Clinics will be located at local Safeways and other public locations during October through December. Volunteers will assist nurses for four-hour shifts. Attendance to a training session is mandatory. For more information, contact Marion Hart at 703-916-2885.

Good Grief for Children. Children 5-12 years old meet in age-appropriate groups for activities and art therapy. Children can express feelings to help with the grief process. Group forming. Call Jenny Eckert, MSW, at 703-208-5623.

Good Grief for Teens. Teenagers 13-18 years old meet in age-appropriate groups for activities and art therapy. Participants can express feelings to help with the grief process. Group forming. Call Jenny Eckert, MSW, at 703-208-5623.

The Jewish Social Service Agency is offering social skills and therapy groups for children. In small, age-appropriate groups, children who have difficulty in social situations learn and practice appropriate behaviors such as initiating and maintaining conversation, listening, sharing, problem-solving, self-control, handling teasing, dealing with emotions and making friends. Cost is $55/$65 per session; may be reimbursable by insurance. Call 703-204-9100 to register.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets the fourth Thursday of each month, 2 p.m., at Greenspring Village, 7400 Spring Village Drive, Town Center Building, Springfield. No charge; patients and family members welcome. Call Michel Margosis for more information, 703-569-2630.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets at 2 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month beginning in August at Little River Glen, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. No charge. Patients and family members welcome. Call 703-891-0821 for more information.

Parkinson's Disease Exercise Class meets at 10 a.m. every Wednesday beginning Aug. 6 at Little River Glen, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. No charge. Patients and family members welcome. For more information, call Victor Gault at 703-383-5830.

Good Grief for Teenagers 13-18 years old. Meetings on Mondays to be decided, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., suite 203, room B. Through group activities and art therapy, teens can share thoughts and feelings about their loss to help with the grief process. Call 703-698-2841 for information and upcoming group schedule, or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Financial Aid program offers people up to $5,500 a year to help pay for chemotherapeutic medication, transportation and blood work associated with cancer treatment to those with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood-related cancers. To get an application for the program, call 703-960-1100, Ext. 231, 1-888-576-6878, or e-mail singers@dc-cap.leukemia-lymphoma.org.

Parent-to-Parent, a support group for parents of young children with special needs, co-sponsored by Jewish Social Service Agency and the Board of Jewish Education, Northern Virginia. Fourth Friday of every month at a location to be announced. $65/individual, $90/couple for entire series, $10/session for drop-ins. 301-255-1944.