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Cancer study openings in Chandler

What’s going on

by Councilmember Trinity Donovan

Finally, maybe we can get back to whatever “normal” might be, now that the election is over, the doom of the fiscal cliff is delayed and the holidays are behind us. Thank goodness it’s January and a new year, and we can actually answer Marvin Gaye’s question in his popular song, “What’s Going On,” with “a lot” – indeed, there’s quite a bit happening in the SanTan Sun Laurie Fagen area. Photo by It is quite refreshing to see housing construction LightRainImages.com under way again, and we welcome Tracy House of Ironwood Vistas to the SanTan Sun News as she takes a look at residential, multi-family and commercial development in our cover story. The new LIV apartments on Arizona Avenue are already open and ready for renters, and there’s another huge construction site just north of it. That’s got to be a good sign that there is improvement in our economy. Tracy also writes about Chandler Regional Medical Center going after a Level 1 trauma status, which will cut down the drive for those in need of major emergencies. K.M. Lang features award-winning volunteer Barbara Lucas, who helps register bone marrow donors. The Paseo Trail resident’s work is so inspiring. Alison Stanton writes about Lmage Salon Studios, a group of individual business owners under one roof providing a variety of beauty services. That concept seems to be another trend in the SanTan Sun area. She also writes about Kokopelli Winery & Bistro and its owner, long-time Chandler businessman Dennis Minchella and all the activities he holds at his downtown location. Chandler’s Science Spectacular, the Arizona SciTech Festival, is back next month, and the City’s Communications and Public Affairs Department has a preview. From naturalization ceremonies to police officer recruitment; from preschool open houses to The Big Read; from Feis in the Desert to the Chandler BBQ fest – the SanTan Sun News team works hard to bring you all kinds of news, activities, information and more from right in your own proverbial “backyard.” We hope you had a lovely holiday season, and that you are raring to get back to work, school, travel, retirement or whatever it is you do best. We truly appreciate your reading the SanTan Sun News and shopping locally by supporting our advertisers.

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I recently had the opportunity to attend the City’s 100 Hour Centennial Volunteer Challenge Breakfast to help recognize more than 100 wonderful volunteers from the community. It was truly a privilege for me to help honor these individuals and acknowledge their contribution to our community. Recently, I learned of another opportunity where volunteers can participate in a study by the American Cancer Society. Most of us have been touched by cancer, either personally or through someone we know. When the news of a cancer Trinity Donovan diagnosis is delivered it can be very frightening for the individual and those closest to him or her. The good news is there is hope. Nearly 13.7 million people in the U.S. have survived cancer. The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is providing a unique opportunity for individuals to take part in an important Cancer Prevention Study, also known as CPS-3. This study is intended to help researchers better understand the environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. The purpose of the study is to eliminate cancer as a major health issue in the future. Men and women who are interested in participating must be between the ages of 30 and 65 years old, have no personal history of cancer and be able to commit to a long-term study, which involves completing a questionnaire every two years over the course of 20 to 30 years. Appointments are available between Jan. 29 and Feb. 16 at several Phoenix area locations. As part of the enrollment, participants will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form and complete a survey. The participant will provide a blood sample, a waist circumference measurement and have his or her blood pressure and heart rate taken. The information collected is confidential. Registration for the study is scheduled to take place in Chandler Feb. 8 and 9, at Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. To schedule an enrollment appointment, visit cps3phoenix.org or call 1-888-6045888. Once enrolled, participants will receive annual newsletters with study updates and results. Enrollment for the study is free and the initial appointment takes about 30 minutes. During the next year, one of the objectives is to register at least 300,000 individuals with varying ages from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds across the U.S. The diversity of the participants is important because it will provide researchers with the necessary data to look for certain risk factors that may impact a particular region or ethnic/racial populations. Data collected from participants who might develop cancer or another disease over the course of the study will be compared with those who do not to identify potential risk factors and learn how to possibly prevent cancer. This Cancer Prevention Study is the third of its kind to be performed by the American Cancer Society. The first study was conducted in the 1950s and the second during the 1980s. The previous two studies resulted in the discovery of a link between cigarette smoke and lung cancer and also a correlation between obesity and cancer. It’s quite apparent that these types of studies can provide vital information for research. Volunteers often donate their time because they want to make a difference. Participants who choose to take part in this worthwhile study can feel good in knowing that their contribution has the potential to make a difference in the lives of many and quite possibly help put an end to this dreadful disease.

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CRMC expansions benefit many by Councilmember Jack Sellers

Chandler Regional Medical Center recently announced plans to bring a Level I trauma center to its campus in 2013. This is exciting news for Chandler and will be of great benefit to the community on a Councilmember Jack Sellers number of levels. Because of the lack of Level I facilities in the Southeast Valley, individuals facing lifethreatening injuries from vehicle accidents, gunshot wounds, burns or other traumatic events must be transported by ambulance or flown by emergency helicopter to one of the seven Level I facilities in the Valley prepared to treat such injuries. The treatment of a serious injury is most critical within the first hour and can often make the difference between life and death. Currently, the closest Level I facilities to Chandler are located in the Phoenix area and in Scottsdale. The differences between a trauma facility and a regular hospital are significant. Essentially, a trauma center has the necessary resources and capabilities to provide total care for every aspect of a patient’s injury. The trauma center has a team of medical staff, including specialized surgeons, available 24/7 to respond to emergency calls.

Now, when a patient with a life-threatening injury is taken to a hospital that does not have a trauma facility, medical staff works to stabilize the injured patient and transfer him or her to a facility that is better equipped to handle the injury. This new trauma facility will provide more comprehensive medical treatment for patients. And, from a financial standpoint, it will serve as a strong economic engine for Chandler. The facility will create more jobs in the medical field and will likely further enhance development in the area. Hospital officials estimate an investment of more than $5 million annually to earn the designation of a Level 1 facility. It also has the potential to become a regional draw for bringing other office and medical development to Chandler and the Southeast Valley. And when working to attract significant corporations, cities that have a hospital with a Level I trauma facility tend to be more attractive to employers. With growing medical demands, CRMC has continued to increase its services during the past several years. First came an expansion to its cardiac catheterization laboratories, and now, construction of a five-story inpatient tower. The tower expansion will result in more than 200 jobs and an additional 96 beds, six operating suites and expansion to the emergency department. The project will include a new chapel, dining room, a second helipad and 275 additional parking spaces.

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Tax prep volunteers needed It’s nearly tax time and Catholic Charities Community Services is seeking volunteers to help those in need with free tax preparation. Last year, volunteers completed 891 returns for vulnerable individuals and families in Arizona. We hope to do even more this year. We need volunteers as tax preparers, greeters and site coordinators. No experience is necessary. As an IRS-partner Volunteer Income Tax Assistance provider, all training and materials are provided. Tax preparation services are part of EmpowerU, a Catholic Charities program to help vulnerable individuals and families to permanently improve their financial situations and achieve longterm prosperity through education, skill and resource building, planning and mentorship. Catholic Charities Community Services helps people of all faiths, backgrounds and abilities and has been serving Central and Northern Arizona since 1933. We will begin providing free income tax preparation in early February, so we urgently need volunteers now. Contact Diali Avila at davila@cc-az.org or 602-650-4853. Diali Avila, EmpowerU VITA coordinator, Catholic Charities Community Services

What do you think? Are you happy with the pace of residential and commercial development in Southern Chandler? What is the area missing? Is there anything specific you hope to see as build out nears? Send your responses to Letters@SanTanSun.com and include your community name and ZIP code for possible inclusion in a future issue of the SanTanSun News.

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