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Local teen uses Make-A-Wish to help other teens diagnosed with cancer

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Addie Oberhouse was diagnosed with cancer when she was 16 years old.

Now 17-years-old, Addie is cancer-free and using her experience to help others who are going through a similar journey.

When she was first diagnosed, she did not know anyone else her age who was going through the same thing.

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East Toledo Family Center holds 2nd annual mental health fair

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and one organization is making sure you have the resources you need. The East Toledo Family Center is partnering with the city of Toledo to host the 2nd annual mental health fair.

More than 20 agencies and organizations, such as Talbot, NAMI, and New Concepts, will be in attendance.

The Youth Recreation Director Holly Keenen with the East Toledo Family Center said this annual fair was created when conversations on mental health began to rise. After collecting feedback from last year’s event, the center realized the community needed help connecting with the agencies that could best fit their needs.

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Alzheimer’s Association looking for volunteers in NW Ohio

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The Alzheimer’s Association is looking for volunteers across Northwest Ohio for community education, support groups, fundraisers and advocacy.

“We are grateful for every person who dedicates their time as an advocate or volunteer,” said Pam Myers, senior director, of programs for the Northwest Ohio and Central Ohio chapters. “We are lifted by the strength of the community that surrounds us, and we truly couldn’t achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s without our volunteers. Every dollar we raise through our fundraising events directly supports the Association’s free educational programs and support groups, Alzheimer’s care services and advancements in treatment and research.”

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Ohio’s plan to get kids glasses

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Ohio is developing a statewide initiative to make sure kids who need glasses get glasses.

State health department data shows 80% of children who fail vision screenings in school don’t follow up with an eye doctor. At his State of the State address, Gov. Mike DeWine announced he was creating the Children’s Vision Strike Force to address that problem and help get kids their follow-up care.

“It’s wrong that in the third decade of the 21st century, tens of thousands of children in Ohio who need eyeglasses are simply not getting them,” DeWine said.

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World’s Strongest Firefighter from Toledo lifts spirits of woman at hospice care facility

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A fireman with the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department, who recently earned the title of World’s Strongest Firefighter, doesn’t just lift weights, he lifts spirits too.

Marcus Waugh went back to a hospice care facility in Toledo to visit a woman after she recognized him as the World’s Strongest Firefighter during a lift assist last month.

On March 19, Waugh and Jackson Lamb from TFRD responded to Hospice of Northwest Ohio on South Detroit Avenue for an elderly patient who had fallen but was otherwise OK.

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Toledo transitional house helps youth live independently

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A transitional house in Toledo is doing what it can to redirect youth in foster care or the juvenile justice system toward independent living.

Leaders with Gateway Youth Development say the program has had more than 50 young people take advantage of those transitional programs.

John Tooson says he grew up in Toledo on welfare and knows the hardships of it and the importance of leadership for the next generation.

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Central Toledo gym looking to bridge gaps in wellness with community day

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New spring programs are starting soon at local gyms all across the city, but the owner of Go Tyme Grynd fitness gym is using his influence to break cycles of crime with a new program and community day.

Within three years, 20% of formerly incarcerated Ohioans return to prison, according to data from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Deandre Gaston, the owner of the Go Tyme Grind fitness gym in central Toledo, said his goal is to lower that percentage by creating opportunities. He recently announced the new “Hood 2 Heath” program and an upcoming community day.

In collaboration with the Lucas County Commissioners Office, Deandre Gaston will use the program to empower formerly incarcerated individuals to earn fitness training certifications and build businesses tailored to uplift struggling communities and combat Toledo’s crime rate and health crisis.

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New meal program helping older Toledoans avoid social isolation, loneliness

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Three area organizations are working together to ensure older people living independently don’t see their independence turn into isolation.

The Area Office on Aging, Mobile Meals of Toledo and the Madonna Homes apartment building in downtown Toledo have partnered to hopefully find a solution to that problem with a joint pilot program, Congregate Meals.

Mobile Meals provides hot meals to Madonna Homes residents three days a week, which, in turn, offers an opportunity to socialize, said Mobile Meals CEO Alison Foreman.

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TARTA’s Paratransit Operations Becomes First Public Transit Agency Division to Achieve Certified Autism Center™ Status

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Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority’s (TARTA) Paratransit Operations is now the first public transit agency division in Ohio to earn autism certification.

The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority’s (TARTA) Paratransit Operations is committed to providing specialized transportation that enhances community access for people with various needs, is thrilled to announce its recent achievement of becoming a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) marking the first public transit agency department to earn this distinction. This designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations whose staff have undergone autism-specific training to better understand and accommodate the needs of autistic and sensory-sensitive people. The staff’s training with IBCCES ensures that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to offer supportive and accommodating services, enhancing Paratransit Operations division’s role as a crucial link in the community’s infrastructure.

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Toledo patient receives breakthrough brain treatment

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – A Toledo patient was part of a clinical trial aimed at treating brain bleeds with the goal of avoiding repeat surgeries.

The EMBOLISE clinical trial tested whether a new treatment for subdural hematomas, which are brain bleeds most frequently caused by trauma, and is the most common reason for neurosurgery, would lead to lower chances of requiring additional surgery.

“Shutting down this blood vessel with medical glue can actually result in reducing the risk of reaccumulation of blood or the blood becoming more significant to the point where it would require a second surgical evacuation,” said Dr. Mouhammad Jumaa.

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