Health briefs for March 30th-April 5th

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Symphony to benefit Beaufort Memorial

Duke Symphony Orchestra Conductor Harry Davidson will once again be leading some 60 students through the works of well-known and emerging classical composers at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the USCB Performing Arts Center. 

The concert will include Rossini’s Overture “La Gazza Ladra,” Walton’s “Passacaglia – Death of Falstaff” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian.”

The students volunteer their time and talents for this event, which is one of the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation’s major fundraisers.

The annual event has raised nearly $285,000 to support BMH’s Healing Arts Program in the Keyserling Cancer Center and other facilities.

Bill and Josie Paddock will serve as the honorary chairs for this 14th annual event.  

General admission tickets are $35. 

Patron tickets start at $75 and include premium seating plus an invitation to the special post-concert Conductor’s Reception.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 843-522-5774. 

Ticket prices are $5 higher at the door.

Therapeutic mindfulness class coming April 1

A therapeutic mindfulness class will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at 703 Bladen St. in Beaufort.

Participants will learn how to prevent stress or ease physical discomfort caused by chronic pain, cancer treatments or headaches. 

The cost is $15.

According to a press release, “You will come away from class knowing more about the stress, impact of constant or traumatic stress, and how various types of mediations can help with this as integrative approaches to your health journey. 

“You will experience more than five types of meditation that may help physically renew the brain. Resources to learn more about integrative and holistic health will be provided.”

Register by calling 843-770-9947 or by email to

This program is hosted by Ministries for Synergetic Wellness, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Its goal is to provide integrative therapies and education at an affordable cost to those in healthcare crisis. 

Applications for scholarships are available upon request. 


Blood donors needed during April drive

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way to make a profound difference in the lives of patients.

Nearly 2.8 million people donated blood through the Red Cross last year. 

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. 

Donors of all blood types are needed this spring.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Those wishing to donate can also attend a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at Carteret Street United Methodist Church at 408 Carteret St.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. 

Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. 

High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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