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Fundraiser planned for Pancreatic Cancer Month in memory of Laurel man [North Laurel]

Back in August, our community lost an amazing man who spent much of his life in Laurel. Jefferson Bradbury died of stage 4 pancreatic cancer but he certainly left his mark on all who knew him. He battled cancer for a year and left behind a wife, two daughters, a granddaughter and many other friends and relatives. This family man enjoyed music and played the guitar in a local band called Skip the Chase. If you’ve been around awhile, you may remember the band playing at Oliver’s on Main Street or other local bars and restaurants. Bradbury is also remembered for his time on the soccer field. He was a varsity coach for Reservoir’s soccer team from 2002 until 2006. The Laurel Boys and Girls Club, the Thunder Soccer Club and Bethesda Soccer Club also benefited from his coaching and experience. Melissa Bradbury, his daughter, has organized a fundraiser to be held at the North Laurel Community Center on Sunday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Vendors from LulaRoe, Stella and Dot and Scentsy will be there to sell clothes, jewelry, accessories, wickless candles and scented warmers. Proceeds from the event, which will be in memory of Jefferson Bradbury, will go to www.PanCan.org. November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and I can’t think of a better way to support Melissa and her family than by attending this fundraiser.

The Savage Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Faith and Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St. On Monday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., you are invited to hear Galen Menne, the SHS president, discuss the topic “Four Freedoms Found in Savage.” Remember to use the side entrance off of Foundry Street to enter the F&M Center. The meeting is free and open to all who are interested.

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Hammond Middle School students continue to show their commitment to families and a healthy lifestyle. Two events to be held at the school demonstrate this awareness. Hoops for Heart has become a yearly tradition and will be held on Monday, Nov. 20, from 12 until 2 p.m. in the school gym. Students are invited to become heart heroes by taking care of their own heart and by spreading the message of the American Heart Association. Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. These are all important lifestyle choices that the middle school students will promote through Hoops for Heart. Donations can be made to heart.org/hoops or you can download the app on your phone or tablet. Search jump/hoops in the app store. Students also plan to help local families by participating in r its second annual Toys for Tots campaign. Last year, the students helped over 400 Howard County families and are hoping for the same or greater success this year. Be on the lookout for more information in the next few weeks. There will be many opportunities to donate to this worthy cause as the holiday season approaches.

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