Hospital accepting nods for 2008 Courage Award

The Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital is seeking nominees for its 2008 Courage Award.

The award is given in recognition of Children's Hospital patients who have faced potentially overwhelming adversity with the highest degree of bravery, selflessness, determination and caring.

Nominations can be submitted at www.clevelandclinic.org. under "Nominate Courageous Kids." Submissions are encouraged to include as many details as possible illustrating a courageous story. The deadline for entries is Dec. 31.

For more information, contact Christine Slomberg at 216-721-7019.

Residents invited

to join focus group

The University of Akron Institute for Health and Social Policy is seeking Summit County residents to discuss the image and performance of Summit County Children Services in a focus group setting.

Focus groups will meet on various evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at various locations.

Days and locations will be determined based on participants' schedules. No direct contact or experience with the agency is required. Participants will receive a meal and small token of appreciation.

Children Services will use the group's comments for its planning process. All focus group discussions will be confidential, and only summary information will be shared with Children Services.

For more information, contact Diane at the university at 330-972-8452 or dmb43@uakron.edu.

Cancer support groups scheduled to meet

The American Cancer Society has a number of free support groups for cancer patients, families and friends. These groups meet in various locations in the region on a regular basis and each is led by a cancer survivor who knows firsthand how it feels to deal with cancer.

Officials say talking to someone who has been in a similar situation provides emotional support.

These groups give each person the chance to discuss their cancer openly and learn how others dealt with their cancer.

The American Cancer Society has support groups for people with breast, colorectal or prostate cancer.

Many of those who attend have survived cancer for five years, 10 years or longer. Most support groups meet in every county in Ohio on a monthly basis.

To find out about the types of groups and when they meet, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.

Panic and anxiety program offered

A program geared to help anyone who suffers from panic, anxiety and agoraphobia is being offered in Stow.

Officials say they will teach people how to control panic attacks and anticipatory anxiety and learn how attitudes and current thoughts affect panic and anxiety.

Programs take place Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 732-940-9658.

Nursing school opening South Pointe branch

South Pointe Hospital and Huron School of Nursing have announced an agreement to establish a branch campus of the nursing school at South Pointe Hospital, 20000 Harvard Road in Warrensville Heights.

Beginning August 2008, the branch will admit 34 students a year, with plans to double admissions by 2009.