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Health Notes

February 8, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

CPR and Wellness Celebration Feb. 16

Cape Coral Hospital and Lee Health will be hosting a CPR and Wellness Celebration Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The event will feature life-saving CPR training with a complimentary CPR Any-time kit, offered by the American Heart Association, Gunterberg Charitable Foun-dation and the Cape Coral Fire Depart-ment; wellness checks by Family Heath Centers; fire truck and Safety House exhibits provided by the CCFD; fingerprinting by the Cape Coral Police Department; and food distribution by Midwest Food Bank and the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation

Cape Coral Hospital is at 636 Del Prado Blvd.

Hope Healthcare's Rainbow Trails Camp set for April 5-7

Hope Healthcare is inviting children ages six through 17 who have experienced the loss of a loved one during the past year to the annual Rainbow Trails Camp Friday through Sunday, April 5-7 at the Riverside Retreat in LaBelle.

Over the weekend, Rainbow Trails campers will participate in recreation, crafts, swimming and singing, along with activities to support the grieving process, teach skills to cope with loss, and memorialize their loved one.

Rainbow Trails Camp is led by experienced Hope counselors, art and music therapists and is supported by community volunteers.

There is no charge for the camp, and Hope will host an orientation for parents and guardians. Children will be picked up by bus from Hope's Fort Myers campus on Friday and will return Sunday afternoon.

To learn more about Rainbow Trails Camp or to register a camper, visit www.hopehcs.org/rainbowtrailscamp.

Free autism screening for young children Feb. 22

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to 5 years of age.

The next screening on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be held Feb. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd. S., Cape Coral.

It is estimated that one in every 59 children is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.

Medical consultants for the project stress that an early diagnosis can make a vast difference for toddlers and their families. They say early intensive behavioral intervention can make an immense difference not just in the development of the child, but in their families as well.

The ASD screening is conducted by the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. The screenings are administered by an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, who has extensive training and experience in typical child development and developmental disorders.

A physician referral is not required. To schedule a screening, call 239-343-6838.

If I Can Dream Foundation donates sensory toys, funds to Golisano Children's Hospital

The If I Can Dream Foundation concluded their first annual sensory toy drive on Jan. 23. The drive was a successful endeavor between the Foundation and Golisano Children's Hospital with community support from Bayshore Elementary School and friends and family.

Beginning in September 2018, the campaign collected thousands of dollars' worth of sensory toys. The If I Can Dream Foundation presented the toys and monetary donations totaling over $4,000.

The sensory toys will be used with patients at Golisano Children's Hospital.

Roger Lolly, President of the If I Can Dream Foundation, explained the personal importance of the toy drive. "One of the reasons we were so eager to support and partner with Golisano Children's Hospital, with this donation specifically, is because these sensory toys were so helpful the many times our son was hospitalized there. It is admirable that the Golisano Children's Hospital works to serve the special needs community. We were happy to give back."

Sensory toys are toys that provide the particular sensory input that many children, including those with Autism and other disabilities crave. The toys and monetary donation will help the hospital with their new sensory room.

The If I Can Dream Foundation was founded in 2013 by Lee County native, Roger Lolly. The mission of the foundation is to recognize and support every person's right to be included in the life of the community.

For more information, please call Louis Cioffi at (239) 225-5574 or email louie@iicdf.org.

 
 
 

 

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