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Poker game will benefit Marian Hope Center

A Texas Hold ‘em Tournament benefiting the Marian Hope Center will be held 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Sorano’s Sports Bar at 419 S.W. Ward Road in Lee’s Summit.

All proceeds will go toward purchasing a playground for the center, which helps enhance the lives of children with special needs.

The suggested donation for the tournament is $75 that includes a T-shirt or boxer shorts and a meal.

Also, there will be a raffle of more than $4,500 worth of prizes. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

Any questions? Call Heather Ruoff at (816) 695-1255.

Occupational therapists to head lymphedema support group

To help patients with lymphedema cope with their condition, therapists are starting a free monthly support group next month.

The two occupational therapists, Lindsay Gedney and Laurie Steen, will head the group’s first meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 10 at Providence Medical Center, 8929 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.

Lymphedema is a common and misunderstood condition that affects as many as 10 percent of all patients who undergo successful breast cancer treatment or other types of tumors or trauma.

For information on the group, call (913) 596-4750.

Dental for Kids, StandUp will continue dental awareness

StandUp Blue Springs’ Dental for Kids program will continue this month to educate children about dental hygiene to more than 1,500 pre-school and elementary students in the school district.

Each child will receive a free toothbrush, toothpaste and information(about brushing).

The program is helping improve children’s dental care education in Eastern Jackson County thanks to a $5,000 grant from the American Dental Association Foundation’s Samuel Harris Fund.

In addition to dental education, the Dental for Kids program has provided more than $250,000 worth of free dental and low-cost orthodontia care to nearly 500 low-income children in the Blue Springs School District, thanks to the generosity of local dentists and dental specialists.

St. Luke’s to hold presentation on colon cancer risks

How can you reduce your risk for colon cancer? Find out, perhaps, at a free presentation from 9 to 10 a.m. March 10 at St. Luke’s East Hospital at 100 N.E. Saint Luke’s Blvd.

At the presentation, learn about preventive strategies, symptoms, testing procedures and available treatments from St. Luke’s internist and hematologist/oncologist Dr. Kelley Young.

It’s free.

High blood pressure affects higher number of Missourians

A growing number of Missouri residents are suffering from high blood pressure, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

More than 29 percent of adults in the state reported having high blood pressure in 2007, up from more than 27 percent a decade earlier.

State health officials urge Missourians to get their blood pressure checked. It’s simple and easy.

A normal blood pressure is 120/80 and a reading of 140/90 or greater is considered high.