Patient Resource Center opens: A diagnosis of cancer brings lots of confusion and many questions. To help provide practical answers, the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation has opened a unique new resource center and has issued an open invitation for cancer patients, their families and friends to use the services. The new 4,100-square-foot center offers educational materials, free counseling services, a library with Internet resources, and a meeting space for cancer support groups and organizations. It's in the Centennial Medical, across the hallway from the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center. Operating hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and groups may use the center after hours by appointment only. Call 385-1100 to learn more about it.
Pediatricians share pearls of wisdom: A couple of local doctors have teamed up to write a book on raising healthy and happy kids, and the proceeds from the book will benefit Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and the Health Hall at Cumberland Science Museum. How to Raise Healthy and Happy Children: A Pediatrician's Pearls for Parents, by Dr. William Wadlington, Dr. Clifton Meador and Marietta Howington, will include 409 "pearls of wisdom" for parents. The doctors offer advice on everything from dealing with temper tantrums to teaching responsibility. The paperback book sells for $10.95 and can be purchased from Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Development Office by phone, mail or in person. Call 322-7450 for more information.
Red Cross Update: Blood donors have been especially generous over the last week, and the results have totaled more than 7,606 units of blood collected. The usual weekday unit count is 700. The Red Cross continues to need blood, however, and the next few weeks are fully scheduled. Donors are asked to give sometime in October and again in December. Businesses are encouraged to schedule blood drives in the months ahead and should call 327-8226 to make arrangements. Red blood cells can be stored for 42 days, so blood will not go to waste. If you