Contact Campus Police if Solicited for UMass Memorial Fundraising

It has been brought to our attention that members of our community may be receiving telephone calls from individuals claiming to be affiliated with UMass Memorial Health Care to solicit financial donations as part of fundraising efforts. Please note that neither the UMass Memorial Foundation, nor any of its employees, are conducting fundraising efforts or soliciting donations within the Central Massachusetts community, except as part of alumni relations efforts for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Should you receive a telephone call from a community member asking about UMass Memorial fundraising efforts or a request for financial donations, contact UMass Memorial Campus Police at 508-334-8568.

UMass Memorial Health Care Is Top Fundraiser at Heart Walk

Team UMass Memorial Health Care is the top fundraising organization for this year’s Central MA Heart Walk raising about $40,000. One of our teams, The Hungry and Helping Hearts at 306 Belmont Street, and one of that team’s captains, Donna Sides, also took the titles of top team and top fundraiser. John Keaney, MD, chief of cardiovascular medicine and chair of this year’s walk, said, “By supporting the American Heart Association’s mission to end cardiovascular disease and stroke, we can change our community and improve the lives of family, friends and neighbors.” It’s not too late make a donation to Team UMass Memorial and become part of the change. Thanks to all our participants, donors and volunteers!

Lace Up Your Sneakers: Diabetes Walk Is September 24

step-out-logoDiabetes affects 29 million people in the United States, including many residents right here in Central Massachusetts. Almost everyone has friends, colleagues, and/or family members dealing with the disease and that is why we want you to pitch in and help. We’re taking action at the annual American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, September 24, 8:30 am registration/10 am walk, University Campus. Donations help fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes and deliver services to hundreds of communities. Make a donation or join the walk.

Raise Funds for the NICU at 2nd Annual Rob’s Automotive Poker Run

Come on down to Rob’s Automotive in Dudley on Sunday, September 25 to join in their 2nd Annual Poker Run. All proceeds go to benefit the families of babies in the UMass Memorial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Registration begins at 9 am, and all registered vehicles and bikes are eligible. There is a registration fee of $25, which includes lunch and one poker hand. There will be raffles, poker, bikes, cars and much more, all helping out families in need. For more information, call 508-943-0009, or visit the event’s homepage.

Step Out for Diabetes! Get Involved in Annual Walk September 24

Diabetes Step Out logoIf you have a friend, family member or colleague living with diabetes, join the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes to raise research money and awareness about the disease. Our Diabetes Center of Excellence hosts the walk Saturday, September 24, 8:30 am registration/10 am walk, University Campus. The event is filled with music, food, family activities, entertainment, and the company of hundreds of people who truly understand the impact of diabetes. Join the UMass Memorial/ Medical School team and share in a fun, healthy community experience. Visit the website for more information or to sign up.

Get Out Your Clubs; Sign up for Colorectal Cancer Golf Tourney

golfThe Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery presents the fifth annual Clubs for Colorectal Cancer Golf Tournament, Friday, June 3, Blackstone National Golf Club, Sutton. Join us as a sponsor, golfer or dinner guest to support research that aims to help prevent, treat and one day cure colorectal cancer. “Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States, affecting 150,000 people annually and properly funded research initiatives are crucial in combating this deadly disease,” said Justin Maykel, MD, chief, colon and rectal surgery. The day includes: registration at noon, shotgun start at 1 pm and dinner/presentations at 6:30 pm. Register online while there’s still time!

Basket Raffle Benefits Heart Walk; Winners Announced

An interdepartmental team of employees recently participated in a gift basket raffle for Central MA Heart Walk. The fundraiser collected more than $1,700 with baskets that included wine, gift cards, spa packages, scratch tickets and gardening supplies. The winners of the baskets were: Tina (8 West), Michelle O. (3 LICU), Michelle (neurology), Ellen T. (ER), Jeanne C. (cardiology), Nancy W. (PACU), Cindy A. (3 East), Caitlin (Weight Center), Sue A. (PACU), Jacqueline (Administration), Norma M. and Patty (Medical School), Karen W. (dermatology), Jo (patient), Aimee (6 ICU), Consolee (6 West), Dr. Shidfar (internal medicine), Serge (psychology), Talia (quality), Renee M (nursing) and Judy B. (West 3).

Lace Up Your Sneakers. Diabetes Walk Is September 26

Diabetes Step Out logoDiabetes affects 29 million people in the United States, including many residents right here in Central Massachusetts. Almost everyone has friends, colleagues, and/or family members dealing with the disease, and that is why we want you to pitch in and help. We’re taking action at the annual American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, September 27, 8 am registration/10 am walk, University Campus. Donations help fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes and deliver services to hundreds of communities. Make a donation or walk.

Step Out and Join Walk to Stop Diabetes Saturday, September 26

Diabetes Step Out logoIf you have a friend, family member or colleague living with diabetes, join the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes to raise research money and awareness about the disease. Our Diabetes Center of Excellence hosts the walk Saturday, September 27, 8 am registration/10 am walk, University Campus. The event is filled with music, food, family activities, entertainment, and the company of hundreds of people who truly understand the impact of diabetes. Join the UMass Memorial/University of Massachusetts Medical School team and share in a fun, healthy community experience. Visit the website for more information or to sign up.

Golfers Lauded for Support of Colorectal Treatment and Research

golfThe Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery thanks all those who participated in the fourth annual Clubs for Colorectal Cancer Golf Tournament and Charity Event. The June 12 event at Blackstone National Golf Club and was a great success with more than 150 attendees. More than $12,000 was raised to support the UMass Memorial Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery and research that aims to help prevent, treat and one day cure colorectal cancer. “This turnout at this year’s event is a great example of how our organization and community supports advanced care and cutting-edge research of colorectal cancer,” said Justin Maykel, MD, chief, colon and rectal surgery.