Health notes for June 5A Duluth prosthetics clinic will celebrate its new home today, nearly one year after being forced out of its old home by the flood of 2012.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Prosthetics clinic celebrates new home
A Duluth prosthetics clinic will celebrate its new home today, nearly one year after being forced out of its old home by the flood of 2012.
Hanger Clinic will have an open house from 3-7 p.m. today in the lower level at 717 Central Entrance, said a news release from the parent company, which operates a national network of more than 700 such clinics.
Then known as Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, the clinic’s old facility at 1901 South St. was destroyed in the June 20 flood. It operated in rented quarters at the Lakewalk Surgery Center until moving into its new home in April, company spokesman David Brown said.
During the interim, the parent company changed its name and its “brand identity,” the news release said.
In addition to tours of the facility, visitors will have the chance to meet local clinic patients Jessica Carlson and Sherry Gunderson, each of whom lost all four limbs.
Life jackets and goodie bags
Children can learn about water safety and get free life jackets in an event on June 13 in the parking lot of Kohl’s Department Store, 2115 Miller Trunk Highway.
The second annual “Alive With Life Jackets” event, offered by Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in partnership with Kohl’s, will take place from 4-6 p.m.
Children must attend with their parents to be properly fitted with life jackets. About 1,300 life jackets were given out last year, a Kohl’s news release said. This year, more than 1,500 life jackets will be available for ages from infants to teens. Snacks and beach-themed goodie bags also will be available for children.
Free shuttle service to the event will be offered from 3-7 p.m. from the Hobby Lobby parking lot, 1734 Mall Drive.
The event is funded by donations through the Kohl’s Cares merchandise program.
Bike MS 150 to leave from Proctor
Proctor High School and its surroundings will be awash with thousands of bicyclists early Saturday morning for the beginning of the annual Bike MS 150 to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
After leaving Proctor, the cyclists follow the Willard Munger Trail for 75 miles to Hinckley, Minn., where they camp outdoors on Grand Casino Hinckley grounds or stay indoors at Hinckley High School or in area hotels. They ride the final 75 miles on Sunday, arriving at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn.
More than 3,500 cyclists are expected to participate, a news release from the organization’s Upper Midwest Chapter said. They’ll leave between 6:30 and 8 a.m. The high school is at 131 Ninth Ave.
Last year’s event raised more than $3 million to support programs, services and research for the more than 17,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the Upper Midwest, the news release said.
Heart Walk teams forming
Teams are forming already for the Sept. 29 American Heart Association Northland Heart Walk.
More than a thousand walkers are expected to participate in the event at the University of Minnesota Duluth with a target of raising $105,000, a heart association news release said.
Stephen Shaner, manager of health plan systems at HealthPartners in Duluth, has been named this year’s Heart Walk chairman. Shaner said many of his family members died too young because of heart disease.
“I want to turn the tides of family history and help the American Heart Association make it possible for others to do the same,” Shaner said.
More information, including a list of teams, is available at www.northlandheartwalk.org.