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Six-year-old George O’Rourke of Acton Donates the Contents of his Giving Jar to The Discovery Museums


George O’Rourke of Acton, age 6, stopped by The Discovery Museums recently to donate to the museum’s Ready, Set, Build! campaign for completion of the new Discovery Museum, opening December 2017.

George has been saving a portion of his allowance in his Giving Jar for just over a year or, as he put it, “about 1,000 or 20 years.” The cash has built up, and his parents, Sarah and Larry O’Rourke, have been asking George where he would like to donate his money, giving him gentle reminders and suggestions about local non-profits. But, nothing seemed to resonate with George.

The O’Rourke family have been museum members since 2012 and are frequent visitors, so George has noticed that the Science Discovery Museum building has been closed this summer for expansion and renovation. George asked his mom, “Mom, what are they doing at The Discovery Museums?!” She told him the museum was being rebuilt in a way that would make sure that all children could enjoy it. George said, “THAT is where I want to give my money.”

George is excited to know that when the new Discovery Museum opens in December, his gift will have helped make it a reality for all children.

Thanks to the generosity of the community, the museum is close to achieving its $8.4 million capital project goal to expand and completely renovate the museum and to make it fully accessible. A $50,000 donor challenge to raise $100 gifts in 100 days will run through mid-September. More information on the capital project and the Ready! Set! Build! campaign is available at www.discoverymuseums.org/build.


Wellesley Dental Group Sponsors Wellesley Community Blood Drive August 31st

Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 10.12.28 AMEvery 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Circulate the love and give blood to the Wellesley Community Blood Drive sponsored by Wellesley Dental Group at the Wellesley Community Center on Thursday, August 31 at 11:00am! The drive, held in cooperation with the American Red Cross, aims to collect at least 50 units of lifesaving blood.

Members of the public are invited to attend. Eligibility requirements can be found here. Donors with the following blood types are invited to donate by the Red Cross’ double red cell technology (2RBC): O-, O+, A-, B-. Prospective donors can also pre-register (enter sponsor code WellesleyCC). Donors can also complete pre-reading and health history questions online at Red Cross RapidPass and print out the form on the day of the blood drive.

Note: The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the Zika virus. We ask that you not to donate if any Zika Virus exposures apply to you. (Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Miami, Dade and Broward Counties, Florida) Donate blood four weeks after your last risk exposure.

Please bring picture identification and remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating.

Email us or call us at (781) 237-9071 for more information.


Online Registration Now Open for Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s 8th Annual Hopewalks Event

CancerRunWalk_ideas2Newton-Wellesley Hospital has announced that online registration is now “live” for the eighth annual Hope Walks event to be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017. One of Newton-Wellesley’s most beloved traditions, Hope Walks is a 3.3-mile walk to benefit patients of the Vernon Cancer Center.

Proceeds from the fundraiser support access to clinical trials and research, nutrition and genetic counseling, art therapy, yoga, psycho-social services, patient navigation, survivorship initiatives as well as the Pappas PACT (Parenting at a Challenging Time), a parent guidance program for patients with children impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

“We are excited to bring together members of our community at Hope Walks to celebrate our patients and caregivers and to raise vital philanthropic support for underfunded programs and services that benefit our patients and families at the Vernon Cancer Center,” says Lawrence Blaszkowsky, MD, Chief, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Medical Director, Vernon Cancer Center.

The Hope Walks route begins and ends at the Hospital. All ages are welcome. Check-in begins at 9:00 AM, with opening ceremonies starting at 9:30 AM. The walk will start at 10:00 AM. Each walker is encouraged to raise a minimum of $100. NEW THIS YEAR: Register by September 15th to save $10 and pay a reduced fee of $30. After September 15, the registration fee is $40. Online registration is now open at www.nwh.org/hopewalks.