News digestValleyCare Health System is the latest to hold a bone marrow drive to find a match for Janet Liang, a 2005 Amador graduate diagnosed in December 2010 with lymphocytic stage 4 lymphoma.
Help save a life
Two drives have been set up: 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 30 at the Valley Memorial Center Cafeteria Conference Room, 1111 E. Stanley Blvd. in Livermore; and the same times May 1 at ValleyCare Medical Center Cafeteria Conference Room 3, 5575 W. Las Positas Blvd. in Pleasanton.
The drive is open to ValleyCare employees and the public. Testing requires a cheek swab, and more than 70% of people who match have only to give blood, not marrow, to help.
The organization Be The Match has reported that two donors have been matched with people needing transplants, one from a drive at Amador Valley High and the other from Mohr Elementary's drive; a match has yet to be found for Liang.
Vote for lookalikes
The 10 finalists in the Pleasanton Weekly Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest are online waiting for your votes. View those chosen from more than 40 entries and vote for the ones you think look most alike, at www.PleasantonWeekly.com.
Voting will continue until 6 a.m. May 3. First-place prize is a $100 gift certificate for Whole Foods; second-place is a $50 gift certificate to Strizzi's restaurant. Photos of the winners will be published in the Pleasanton Weekly on May 11.
Drop off prescription drugs
The Pleasanton Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the fourth annual Drug Take Back Program, a chance to prevent pill abuse by ridding homes of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow in the lobby of the Police Department at 4833 Bernal Ave. The drop-off is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. For more information, call 931-5100.
Mothers with a Purpose, which works to prevent young people from falling victim to drug and alcohol addiction, will be helping at the drop off. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.