Campout to benefit Cancer Connection begins Wednesday

Published: 7/16/2018 2:56:53 PM

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Campout to benefit Cancer Connection begins Wednesday

The River radio personality Monte Belmonte will lead his 2018 Cancer Connection Campout in downtown Northampton Wednesday and Thursday.

The event raises money for the Cancer Connection’s free non-medical services for people facing cancer and their families and caregivers.

It takes place on the lawn at the Old Courthouse at the corner of Main and Pleasant streets where there will be at least seven tents set up by fundraisers.

The theme this year is Summer Camp. Think s’mores, singalongs, and activities. There will be live music from local performers like Rock Voices and national acts like Cracker and the Haitian dance band Lakou Mizik, says Cynthia Tarail of Cancer Connection. “We’ll dance into the night with a funky soul dance party with DJ Snack Attack. All this fun and games is in service of a serious message: helping people facing cancer.”

The Campout begins at 6 a.m. Wednesday and ends around mid day on Thursday. All are welcome to stop by any time to enjoy the music, hear the speakers, make a donation and meet staff from Cancer Connection. The full event schedule is available at

For more information about Cancer Connection, located at 41 Locust St., Florence, contact: Cynthia Tarail,, 413-586-1642. For more information about the Camp Out or WRSI, contact Mark Lattanzi,, 413-586-7400.

New director forjoint replacement center

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton has a new medical director at its Joint Replacement Center.

Dr. David L. Boardman, fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, stepped into the position July 2.

Boardman, originally from California, completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of California at Davis before returning to Los Angeles for orthopedic training at the University of California at Los Angeles. Later, he attended additional training in hip and knee replacement surgery by completing a year-long fellowship in San Francisco.

In 1999, Boardman began practicing with Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon. His tenure at Kaiser spanned more than 18 years, more than eight of which he served as regional chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery there. In addition, he helped launch an accredited specialty program in hip and knee replacement surgery at Kaiser Permanente.

Boardman began seeing patients here July 9.

Summer blood supplies low

The American Red Cross is facing an emergency blood shortage caused by low donations during the recent holiday week.

With hundreds fewer blood drives than during a typical week, blood is being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, according to a prepared statement from the Red Cross. All eligible donors are needed to give now to help replenish the supply.  

Following are some upcoming blood donation opportunities.

Thursday, noon to 5 p.m., Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton

Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Hampshire Mall, 367 Russell St., Hadley


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