Sara Wood

Sara Wood, 19, of James Island, was diagnosed with clear cell sarcoma in 2016. Her friends and family are waging a "grassroots, race-against-time campaign" to raise money for a cure. 

Event to raise money for cancer research

A local grassroots campaign to raise money for research dedicated to clear cell sarcoma will hold a kick-off event at 6 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Yacht Club on Johns Island. 

Sara's Cure was launched in response to the diagnosis of a local 19-year-old named Sara Woods. Sara faces a "cancer is so rare that it doesn't typically warrant funding from the bigger companies so most of the research comes from government and private grants."

Sara's parents have identified a researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering who specializes in this disease. According to the Sara's Cure website, the researcher is "developing a cell line from the tumor that they removed from Sara in February 2018. When this cell line grows, it will allow researchers to test treatments to cure Sara's cancer."

But the researcher needs more funding. Tickets to the event are $50 and may be purchased online, www.sarascure.org. Donations to the cause may also be made directly through the group's website. 

Junior League holding diaper drive

The Junior League of Charleston Diaper Bank will be collecting diaper donations through April 28 at the following locations: Mount Pleasant SkyZone, Golds Gym James Island and local CresCom Bank locations. Donations can be dropped off at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library throughout April. 

The group has collected more than 70,000 diapers since its inception in August, according to a press release about the donation drive. 

"The community has been extremely support of this initiative to help our neighbors in need," said Junior League of Charleston President Alisa Brooks, "and we're honored to be spearheading this effort in the Lowcountry."

Trident opens new urgent care clinic

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Trident Health is opening its first urgent care center in North Charleston on Tuesday. The hospital system already operates a similar clinic in Goose Creek

CareNow Urgent Care will be at 8445 Dorchester Road in North Charleston. 

According to a press release about the opening, the clinic will offer "quick care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, such as sprains and strains, minor burns, lacerations, sore throats and flu-like symptoms as well as physicals, vaccinations, and general diagnostic and treatment services. The clinics will have X-ray and lab services onsite."

It will be open seven days a week during business and evening hours. 

— Lauren Sausser