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Giving So Others May Keep Living

Franciscan-Donate-Life-1Heartfelt and heartwarming stories of organ donors and recipients were told during the fourth annual National Donate Life Month observance at Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, April 27, 2012. Linda Ramos, of the New Beginnings Organ Transplant Support Group, who also is an organ recipient, tells her experiences to attendees at the hospital’s Corpus Christi Chapel.

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SmileBrightly Red Cross Blood Drive and Open House

SmileBrightly-Blood-DriveIf you could help us save someone's life, would you? How about up to three? Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the SmileBrightly crew!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012, our office will be hosting a spring open house. The American Red Cross will be at our office from 9 am to 1 pm for a blood drive.

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Volunteers Celebrated at Porter During Volunteer Week

Porter-Volunteers-2012National Volunteer Week 2012 is April 15-21

Volunteers do more than help. They inspire by example.

Our volunteers inspire us by their example. They've donated thousands of hours to helping others. For their caring, dedication and devotion to our patients and staff, we thank them. Our hospital wouldn't be the same without their talents.

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Walk Brings Help to Recovery Programs

porter-county-walk-for-recoveryThe sixth annual Porter County Walk for Recovery is a fund raising effort by Alice's Halfway House for Women, Respite House, and Moraine House - all residential centers in Valparaiso for those recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. Proceeds from the walk help fund the houses and the programs that are provided to the residents.

You can help by:

  • Walk with us! Please bring your pledges to the walk the day of the event

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Celebrate the Birth of a Movement By Donating Blood

RedCrossLogoWorld Red Cross Day is May 8

You can celebrate the birth of a movement and help others in need by coming to donate blood in early May.

May 8 marks World Red Cross Day, as well as the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of what is known today as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Dunant was a young Swiss businessman who advocated for the humane treatment of wartime sick and wounded. Dunant witnessed atrocities in 1859 during a bloody battle in Solferino, Italy, and organized local people to come to the aid of injured soldiers. Upon his return to Geneva, Dunant called for the creation of national volunteer relief societies to assist during wartime. His work pointed the way to the future Geneva Conventions, and the formation of Red Cross societies worldwide, including the American Red Cross.

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Volunteers Give Help, Heart

Franciscan-Volunteers"The greatest benefit is helping others. Doing something for others makes me feel better about myself," says Dorothy Alexander, a volunteer at Franciscan Physicians Hospital.

Alexander began volunteering in mid-February, hoping to meet other people. "I got to the point that I could no longer work and I had too much time on my hands. I called Mary Higgins and she set up the orientation for me to be a volunteer. I'm helping out twice a week and hoping I can be here more."

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Did You Know May is National Lupus Awareness Month?

Put-on-Purple-May-18Research shows that most Americans know little or nothing about lupus and its devastating impact on millions of people. You can change that! Band Together for Lupus Awareness and help the LFA fight this unpredictable and sometimes fatal disease by showing support for those who suffer from it. We can't do it alone -- we need your support!

It's easy to participate! Following are some ways you can Put On Purple for Lupus Awareness, Tell the Lupus Story, and Change Lives:

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