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Some 200 students and staff members participated in Hinsdale Central’s annual Day of Service Oct. 29.

Teams completed services projects at several area locations, including the Hinsdale Humane Society, People’s Resource Center, Feed My Starving Children, the Burr Ridge Park District, Indian Prairie Public Library, Maple Grove and Danada forest preserves, and All Community Events Hot Cider Hustle.

Students and staff also made 242 scarves and collected nonperishable food, water, socks and toiletries that were donated to The Backpack Project.

Many of the participating students are members of the Red Devil Service Club. Staff members who served as chaperones and assisted with the various projects are Ben Kalal, Cindy Kasten, Ken Shum, Kelly Owen, Nicole Yeomans, Jen Regnier, Sally Phillip and Principal Bill Walsh.

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About 400 guests attended All In, the annual Wellness House Ball, and raised more than $825,000 to help provide 500 online, in-person and hybrid programs each month in the areas of information and education, exercise, nutrition, stress management, child and family, and support groups and counseling. All Wellness House programs are evidence-based and help people with cancer reduce side effects, learn coping and relaxation techniques, exercise safely for increased energy and feel less isolated.

Co-chairs Lauren and Matt Houder and Dottie and Todd Martin, and wine cellar chairs Tina and Jeffrey Weller presented a magical dinner followed by an expansive dessert and candy bar and dancing until midnight with music by Time Chicago. The event also included a program of storytelling by Wellness House participants and a lively auction and paddle raise.

“Having us ‘All In’ a room together really made us feel like a Wellness House family; that’s what we are and why we are together. My family always says when we gather, thank you for bringing us together and we certainly miss those who are not here,” Lauren Houder said.

“Todd and I were touched to be part of an inspirational evening,” Dottie Martin said. “It was very apparent that everyone embraced the cause and their hearts were “All in.”

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The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, administered by the American College of Surgeons, has granted accredited status to AdventHealth Cancer Institute in Hinsdale.

As a NAPBC-accredited center, AdventHealth’s Comprehensive Breast Program is committed to maintaining levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered, multidisciplinary care resulting in high-quality care for patients with breast disease.

To achieve voluntary NAPBC accreditation, a breast center demonstrates compliance with standards that address a center’s leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement for patients. Breast centers seeking NAPBC accreditation undergo a site visit every three years.

“At AdventHealth Cancer Institute, we understand that patients want assurance of the quality of care they receive,” said Dr. Kanesha Bryant, AdventHealth Cancer Institute breast surgeon. “The rigorous standards of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Center ensure that we offer the highest quality of care for our patients.”

Patients receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatment options, genetic counseling and patient-centered services including psychosocial support, rehabilitation services and survivorship care.

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