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The Erie County Department of Health is partnering with Tops Markets this month, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, to promote awareness. A dozen Tops markets in Erie County will provide the InSure FIT test kit to eligible adults 50 to 75 years old to aid in early colon cancer detection. The kit provides a sample collection method to use at home as a cost-effec…

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The Kelly Tough wristbands are on their way. With the announcement last week that Jim Kelly's cancer has returned, online retailer 26 Shirts has reordered the item and is again selling them. More than 500 have been sold since last week, according to Del Reid, the founder of 26 Shirts. Reid said the manufacturer who initially produced the wristbands in 2014 has gone o…

Health and Fitness

Women who have been diagnosed with any form of cancer, are undergoing treatment or who recently completed treatment are welcome to an inexpensive getaway next month at Stella Niagara in Lewiston. The Respite for Women Cancer Weekend will take place from March 16 to 18 in the Center of Renewal at 4421 Lower River Road. The weekend includes a modest private room, all m…

About 55,440 people in the U.S. – 29,200 men and 26,240 women – will be diagnosed this year with pancreatic cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. About 44,330 people – 23,020 men and 21,310 women – will die of the disease. Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in America and 7 percent of all cancer deaths. The Western New York a…

Business

Athenex Inc. and real estate developer Casilio Cos. are seeking a package of county tax breaks to support a planned expansion of the drugmaker's Newstead manufacturing facility so it can continue to make small-batch medications. Buffalo-based Athenex wants to build an 8,000-square-foot addition to the current 18,500-square-foot production plant at 11342 Main St., which …

Health and Fitness

Andrea Whitmarsh pushes her daughters on the swing set in the backyard, brushes their hair and tucks them into bed at night with the same joy other mothers feel in similar moments. She also harbors worries, far less familiar, that her girls will one day grow up to face a life dogged in part by cancer fears. The concern is based on experience. Like her mother befor…

Health and Fitness

Stacie Bliss will start nursing school in the spring, something that seemed improbable 18 years ago when doctors at Women & Children's Hospital sent her home for the holidays fearing it might be her last Christmas. Instead, doctors confirmed come the January afterward that her acute lymphoblastic leukemia was in the early stages, and knocked out her cancer in one ro…

Columns

Once Jim Beiter could no longer speak, he had plenty of time to contemplate what he wished that he could say. He is a hunter and an angler, a guy who has spent a lot of quiet hours in the woods or standing alongside a pond. He understands how to tell a great tale, how to pack all the meaning or humor into the crescendo. Yet he appreciates the communion that can be a gif…

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Forty hockey players, many in their 40s and 50s, successfully achieved a new world's record for Buffalo early today at the HarborCenter, shattering a record for the longest continuous hockey game - assuming the carefully documented feat is certified by Guinness World Records. The Buffalo effort raised more than $1.2 million for the Roswell Park Cancer Center, according …

Sports

Things happen for a reason. There are many people who share the philosophy of that simple statement. A perfect case in point is the circumstances surrounding the 31-pound brown trout caught last week by Bob Klemm of Lords Valley, Pa. He was fishing with his brother, Rich Klemm of West Milford, N.J., in the lower Niagara River with Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region …

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Christina Feldman Wiegand, a second grade teacher at the Syracuse Latin School, takes part in what’s called the “mystery reader” program. In October, she needed someone from the community to stop by and read a book to her class, and to somehow relate it to life outside the school. Michael Feldman, Christina’s younger brother, volunteered. It happened to be “pajama day” …

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Her voice has come back. So has her hair, though just a little bit. And her stamina is improving. “Each night, I feel myself getting stronger,” said soul dynamo Sharon Jones, who leads her Dap-Kings on a national tour. “I’m just amazed how fast I healed. Three months ago, I had no energy at all. Now I’m back. I’ve got my energy. I’m not going to be sitting on a stool.” L…