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After Rebecca Florio lost a sister to breast cancer nearly two decades ago, she learned that she doesn’t appear to have a genetic predisposition to the disease. That didn’t mean she was invincible, however, so she continued to get an annual mammogram. When she was diagnosed last November, she was in the early stage. “It was surreal, really quite a shock – and…

The Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) Mobile Market has resumed its routes in the Ellicott and Masten districts to provide fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables to underserved communities. MAP’s urban farm on Massachusetts Avenue and local partner farms, including Oles Family Farm in Alden, supply produce for the Mobile Market. For the first time, the market also w…

A Clarence preschool will host an open house and a basket raffle from 6 to 9 p.m. June 16. Families, including children, are welcome to attend the event at Sweet Charlottes, 10255 Main St. “Sweet Charlottes is a space for children of all ages and abilities to play, explore and experience,” owner Molly Pitman said in a news release. “In addition to offering open…

Westermeier Martin Dental Care will provide free dental care at its East Aurora office on June 16. Dentistry from the Heart, which will provide basic dental care to low-income families on a walk-in basis, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 950 Main St. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those who plan to seek dental care are asked to br…

WNY Refresh will publish its annual cover story about outdoor summer fitness June 24. It will include a listing of related daily, weekly and special events.. Those planning such events who would like to be included in the listing should email the following information to refresh@buffnews.com by June 19: Name of the event, a short description of the fitness or family act…

A Slow Roll that starts in Larkinville, family help with addiction, and the introduction of yoga at the Elmwood Village Farmers Market are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Slow Roll: Riders gather at 5:30 p.m. and ride starts at 6 sharp on Monday at Larkin Square, 745 Seneca…

Tawan Slaughter has tried to do her part to nurture young basketball players since her standout career as a point guard at Christian Central Academy and SUNY Buffalo State in the early 2000s. Slaughter – owner of the 716ers semi-pro men’s basketball team and a physical education and health teacher at King Center Charter School – runs a summer camp for boys and gir…

The tears we cry from peeling an onion are different than our tears of joy or sorrow. The latter tend to contain hormones to lift our spirits or ease our pain. “They’re 50 percent water and 50 percent love,” said David Kessler, a leading grief and healing expert who will lead daylong seminars in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse next week. The pain that comes …

Oh, Canada! How many times, on our 100 Things journey, have we toasted our friendship with you? At KeyBank Center, we braved the raucous rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. We explored Toronto and Crystal Beach, Ont. And on the Miss Buffalo, we gazed up at the Peace Bridge, the stately symbol of peace between our two nations. Today we …

Easton Jordan has seen Lauren Walier only twice, but she already has made a powerful impression. When the two spoke last month, 5-year-old Easton showed Walier a video of him using his walker without a sling to hold himself up – one of his latest milestones. "He continually tells people, 'One day, I won't need a wheelchair. I won't need a walker. I will run across …

It's tick season and it seems like we hear about Lyme disease everyday. I live in a very wooded area which means I worry all the time. I thought I was being a bit of a worry-wart, so I asked our pediatrician. It turns out she worries, too. Dr. Jennifer Miller is on staff at Western New York Pediatrics and she's also a mom. "I have three kids of my own and I worry about …

There are many amazing events in the area all summer long. So many things to do, but as a mom, I always wonder which ones are kid friendly. I'm assuming other parents wonder the same thing when they hear about a cool event; kids or no kids? The East Aurora Music Festival is coming up from 2 p.m. to midnight on June 10. I made some calls and did some research and here's …

The Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, with help from dozens of volunteer health providers across Western New York, will host a free dental and medical clinic this weekend in the St. Bonaventure University Reilly Center. The nonprofit corps, headquartered outside Knoxville, Tenn., offers services on a first-come, first-serve basis for dental cleaning, fillings and ext…

The next Buffalo Slow Roll, a mid-week meditation class and a free dinner program on knee pain treatment options are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY “Walk This Way”: Catholic Health dinner program on treating knee pain…