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Sequoyah vs. Creekview Blood Donor Challenge

CANTON, GA -- On Friday, Oct. 15, LifeSouth will be at Sequoyah High School in Canton for the first leg of this year's High School Blood Donor Challenge.

Last spring, Sequoyah became LifeSouth's most productive donor drive when many of the students and faculty came out to donate the gift of life. More than 300 units of blood were collected in six hours -- an average of more than 50 donations per hour.

There is a major rivalry between Sequoyah and Creekview High School, also in Canton. From academics to football to just about every function in which both schools participate, the students and teachers are constantly competing. It became apparent that a blood donation drive would really put these schools to the test.

Creekview's leg of the Blood Donor Challenge will be on Wednesday, Nov.

Creekland Middle School Students Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes

CANTON, GA -- During the week of Oct. 4-8, students at Creekland Middle School in Canton participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Over 1,200 students and teachers walked to find a cure and get some exercise in the process.

Creekland mom Theresa Martin started the walk at Canton's Macedonia Elementary in 2004 when her daughter Allison began kindergarten there. During Allison's six years at the school, over $36,700 was raised for diabetes research. Now that she is in middle school, Allison and her mom can continue to participate, thanks to Creekland principal Dr.

Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic in Cherokee County

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

Tuesday, Oct. 5 is the best day for procrastinators to finally get vaccinated. The Cherokee County Recreation Center (7545 North Main Street, Woodstock, 30188) will host a walk-in flu shot clinic from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, courtesy of the Cherokee County Health Department.

The clinic is for people aged six months and older. Shots will be $20; Medicare, Medicaid and State Health Benefit Plan insurance (UnitedHealthcare and Cigna) will be accepted.

As an added bonus, TDaP (which guards against adult whooping cough) and pneumonia vaccines will be provided free to those who qualify.

For more information about the flu shot clinic, call the Cherokee County Health Department at 770-345-7371 or 770-928-0133.

Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day

CANTON, GA -- Have you checked your breasts today?

In 2009, the American Cancer Society estimated approximately 40,170 women died from breast cancer. In Georgia, an estimated 5,840 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 1,140 will die from the disease this year.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia-Cherokee County, in partnership with Northside Hospital-Cherokee, is presenting the 2nd annual Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center (1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, 30114).

"Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women behind lung cancer," said Sandra Gregory, M.D., radiation oncologist at Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia-Cherokee County. "It is a disease which is 100 percent treatable if caught early, so it is important to be educated and aware."

Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day will begin at 10:00 a.m.