Health happenings -- July 9, 2007

Group meet to discuss grief, spinal cord injury

The following groups will meet:

• Agape Community Hospice's grief support group, for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at its office, 2115 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. The group will meet at the same time and location the second Tuesday of each month. For details, call Shelia Mullis at 329-4544.

n The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill will meet Tuesday at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Support groups for patients and family members meet at 6 p.m. A general meeting will be at 7 p.m. This month's meeting will be the election of new officers and a review of the NAMI National Conference in San Diego. The meetings and support groups are open to the public. For details, call NAMI at 802-4484.

• The South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association's York County chapter peer support group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Classroom 3 at Piedmont Medical Center. The mission is to provide support through education and shared experiences to those living with spinal cord injuries and to their families and caregivers. For details, call Bob Alders at 366-5659 or e-mail him at

Blood supply drops; Red Cross needs donors

The American Red Cross urges individuals to donate blood as soon as possible. The current blood supply has dropped critically low throughout the Southeast. In the Carolinas blood services region, there is less than a day's supply of most blood types.

All blood types are needed, but there is a special need for types O and B. The supply typically experiences a drop in the summer due to vacations and extended holidays. The current shortage has occurred earlier in the season.

In the Carolinas region, the Red Cross has distributed 5.7 percent more red cells, more than 16,000 units, and 7.1 percent more platelets, more than 2,600 units, to area hospitals. In the Southeast, the increasing need for blood can be attributed to a growing population, including retirees with medical needs.

Eligible donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Blood may be safely donated every 56 days.

The following drives will be held in York and Chester counties:

• 2:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, St. John's United Methodist Church, 130 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

• 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Chester Regional Medical Center, 1 Medical Park Drive, Chester.

• 2 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Target, 1900 Springsteen Road, Rock Hill.

• 1:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Maggie Moo's Ice Cream & Treatery, 753 Crossroads Plaza, Tega Cay.

• 2:30 to 7 p.m. July 16, Red Cross Building, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill.

• 3 to 7:30 p.m. July 17, Sharon Baptist Church, 3850 York Road, Sharon.

For details, call 329-6575.

Local groups can help with substance abuse

The following substance abuse-related groups will meet:

• Reformers Unanimous, an international faith-based addictions program, will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at Rock Hill Independent Baptist Church in the Winthrop Commons Shopping Center, 725 Cherry Road. The entrance and parking are at the rear. For details, call 327-6690 or visit

• Nicotine Anonymous, a 12-step program for smokers and chewers, meets from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Fridays at The Serenity Club, 209 Grayson Road, Rock Hill. For details, call (803) 675-6002.

• Celebrate Recovery, a national Christian 12-step program, meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at York Baptist Association, 434 Museum Road, Rock Hill. For details, call 627-0594 or visit

• For Al-Anon/Alateen meetings in York, Chester and Lancaster counties, call 1-800-334-2666 or visit