High Notes: Epilepsy and leukemia help, calming room

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIn Schenectady, Rehabilitation Support Services and Ellis Medicine have combined to provide a place for patients with mental health issues suffering from stress and anxiety to become calm and avoid emergency room visits. The Living Room, located on State Street, provides a stress-free, homelike place for individuals suffering from a mental health crisis — such as an event related to a loss of a family member, work or family stress or some other issue. The facility is located across the hall from Ellis Medicine Mental Health Clinic. A one-year grant from the Alliance for Better Health allows Schenectady County residents to use the room for free. Our full story on the Living Room can be found online at https://dailygazette.com/article/2019/01/23/the-living-room-serves-as-a-refuge-from-stress. In Latham, four Latham Ridge Elementary School students with epilepsy are working together to plan World Purple Day to draw attention to and raise money for the fight against epilepsy. The students are Sammy Myers, Natalie Schlist, Whitney Belvedere and Charlotte Mitchell. Their families met through the work done by the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. Among the activities they have planned for the March 26 event are the sale of #EndEpilepsy bracelets and asking faculty and students to wear purple on that day. Epilepsy, a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, affects one in 50 children and one in 100 adults. To learn more, visit: https://www.epilepsy.com/. To make a donation, visit: https://www.epilepsy.com/local/northeastern-new-york/donate.In Saratoga Springs, Stillwater High School sophomore Devon Wagner is helping raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The 15-year-old recently hosted a Corn Hole for a Cure event at Racing City Brewery as part of a “Student of the Year” competition among high school students. The competition is modeled after the society’s philanthropic competitions for adults. Wagner had hoped to top the $50,000 raised by her father, Brad, during an event in 2010. Wagner and her team, Team Believe, also recently hosted a pub crawl, two cocktail parties, and a paint-and-sip event. The next Team Believe fund-raiser is a family fun karaoke event called “We Believe You Can Sing!” to be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at Nostalgia Ale House and Wine Bar in Malta. To donate to the Team Believe effort, visit: events.lls.org/uny/unysoy19/dwagner.SHARE YOUR HIGH NOTESHigh Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. If you know of anyone who should be celebrated, send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected] from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img