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My Town Sparta: Faith's Walk May 3

My Town Sparta: Faith's Walk May 3

SPARTA, Mich.— The date is set for the annual Faith's Walk at Roger's Park.

Faith's Angels will hold the event May 3, with a pancake breakfast prior to the walk.  Of the funds raised, 80 percent will go directly to congenital heart disease research.

Faith's Angels was founded eight years ago,  in memory of Faith Goodfellow, who died two weeks after birth. Faith had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which meant she was born with no left ventricle in her heart.  The doctors at University of Michigan performed heart surgery on Faith just three days after her birth to reroute her blood flow so she could survive.  She was kept on transportable life support the next 11 days, but then passed away after surgery.

My Town Sparta: Faith's Angels reaches fundraising milestone

My Town Sparta: Faith's Angels reaches fundraising milestone

SPARTA, Mich.—Eight years after one of the youngest victims of congenital heart disease passed away, an organization founded in her memory has raised more than $7,000 in donations.

Faith’s Angels is named after Faith Goodfellow, who died two weeks after birth.  Faith had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which meant she was born with no left ventricle in her heart.  The doctors at University of Michigan performed heart surgery on Faith just three days after her birth to reroute her blood flow so she could survive.  She was kept on transportable life support the next 11 days, but then passed away after surgery.

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department will begin tapping the community for ideas to make the county healthier Tuesday, Feb. 11.

From more health food stores to more mental health services, all ideas are welcome as both groups collect information for the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

"The best way to ensure success of our health programs is to focus on what we can address and what we can improve, said Adam London, Kent County health officer who has dedicated staff working with Healthy Kent. "The data and information gathered in this step will help us develop top priorities to improve health outcomes in Kent County."

Local health departments are required to update their Community Health Needs Assessment every five years for state accreditation.  Hospitals must update their CHNA every three years.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Feb.

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—How would you make Kent County healthier?

That’s the question Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department is hoping to answer with a series of community meetings over the next three months.   From more health food stores to more mental health services, all ideas are welcome as both groups collect information for the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

"The best way to ensure success of our health programs is to focus on what we can address and what we can improve, said Adam London, Kent County health officer who has dedicated staff working with Healthy Kent.

Arctic winter weather delays Relay For Life kickoffs

Arctic winter weather delays Relay For Life kickoffs

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The winter weather is putting a kink in kicking off many Relay For Life campaigns.

The Caledonia Relay for Life kickoff event scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28 has been canceled. Organizers of Sparta’s Relay For Life have also rescheduled their kickoff event to Feb. 4.

Hundreds of other organizations, businesses and schools have also posted cancelations, which you can find on the WZZM 13 homepage here.

New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—  A new community center will officially open to the public this Saturday, Jan. 18.

The York Creek Community Center is located at 3999 Alpenhorn Dr. NW.  The center services as a meeting place where local organizations can provide a variety of classes, programs and community events, free of charge.

The new facility features meeting rooms, a common area, a kitchen and a computer room equipped with 10 computers. The center is provided by York Creek Apartments but all classes and programs are run by partner organizations, including:

Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

SPARTA, Mich.—Employees of ChoiceOne Bank are helping to end hunger in West Michigan, one can at a time.

The Sparta-based bank began a can collecting contest at all of its branches Nov. 11.  Staff and customers at each of the bank’s dozen branches were encouraged to donate 100 cans or more to help families in need during the holidays. Overall, ChoiceOne collected 1,743 canned goods for four area pantries.

 “We value the families in our communities,” said James Bosserd, president and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “It is our hope that our families live and grow in a community supporting each other. This contest helps to truly begin to think about the importance of community. It’s a local thing.”

The branch with the most cans was also awarded extra funding to donate to their local pantry.