News digestGrants go to cancer patients
The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation has distributed its 24th grant on its recent first anniversary. The grants, of $1,000 each, provide complementary cancer therapies including acupuncture, acupressure, therapeutic massage, guided/visual imagery and/or deep breathing meditation.
The foundation is now accepting 2010 grant applications. The applicant must be diagnosed with cancer; be under the care of a physician; be receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment; reside in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon or Danville; and not have medical insurance that covers the complementary services. Apply at www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org or call (866) 862-7270.
The Foundation is supported by donations to the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Charitable Fund, a component fund of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation.
Shots for students
The Pleasanton school district is asking parents to be sure their pre-teen students have the vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the immunizations are not required for school entry, they will add protection to a child's health, district spokeswoman Myla Y. Grasso said in a statement. CDC recommends:
* Meningococcal vaccine: For ages 11-12, protection against meningitis.
* Tdap vaccine, a booster for tetanus and diphtheria that offers protection against pertussis or "whooping cough," which is on the rise.
* Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine: For girls 11-12, for protection against the most common types of cervical cancer.
Learn more online at the Alameda County Public Health Department's website, www.acphd.org, or call the Alameda County Immunization Assistance Project at (510) 267-3230.
Pleasanton hosting swimmers
Pleasanton's Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center will be the host site for the annual Tri-Valley Swim League Championships tomorrow. The meet is expected to draw about 900 swimmers and spectators.
City staff has developed a traffic flow system for the Aquatic Center to facilitate competitor drop-off, and participants have been notified of parking locations that would reduce the impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods.