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The Importance Of ‘Everyday Heroes’

In honor of National Red Cross Month, we would like to recognize our Everyday Heroes from Long Island who reach out to help their neighbors when they need it most.

These everyday heroes help disaster victims get back on the road to recovery. They donate lifesaving blood. They help brighten the day of injured service members who are far from home. They take lifesaving skills classes; they then step forward to help a heart attack victim or to save a drowning child.

March is the perfect time to become part of the Red Cross. Long Island residents can sign up to take a class or volunteer their time. Families or household members can work together on an emergency preparedness plan. Individuals can give blood to help those in need, or make a financial donation that will help the Red Cross carry out its humanitarian programs and services.

Last year on Long Island, the Red Cross helped nearly 1,000 residents following local disasters. This does not include the thousands of Long Islanders we assisted in the aftermath of Sandy. We also helped hundreds of military families and trained more than 45,000 people in lifesaving skills. What’s more, Long Islanders donated nearly 3,500 units of blood at Red Cross blood drives. Each unit of blood donated has the potential to save up to three people.

National Red Cross Month celebrates the Red Cross, its lifesaving mission, and all those who support our mission. We are grateful to our supporters for their generosity, which enables us to continue our vital programs and services. We encourage everyone to become an Everyday Hero during Red Cross Month by joining with us to help our neighbors in need.

To learn more about our mission visit, www.redcross.org.

John Miller is the CEO of Long Island Red Cross

News

County sponsors Narcan training at high school

Long Island communities are waging a war against prescription drug abuse and a rampant heroin epidemic. The county launched a free public training program in 2012 to teach ordinary citizens the signs of an overdose and how to reverse its effects using a drug called Narcan.

Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life. Floral Park will host the event in December.

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.


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