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The Cancer Wellness Center, which offers cancer patients and their loved ones access to education, encouragement and advocacy in a safe, supportive environment, is offering its Cancer Coach Program for those facing a cancer diagnosis. Coaches are matched with patients to provide information and support that can help reduce fear and stress and promote a more positive attitude. For information about this free program, call 694-1395.

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The Sisterhood Wellness Center is accepting applications for a retreat/getaway for women living with a breast cancer diagnosis to be held Oct. 22-24 in Holiday Inn Grand Island. For information or an application, visit www.sisterhoodwellnesscenter.org, e-mail siswellctr@yahoo.com or call Nancy Bowen at 549-1312.

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"Excuses Be Gone" will be offered by Catholic Health Systems at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Williamsville Diagnostic Center, 400 International Drive, Williamsville. Influenced by ancient teaching of the Tao Te Ching, the class uses positive thought to overcome excuses. It is taught by Ginny Lyons, a women's health specialist. For required preregistration, call 447-6205.

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Dr. Cindy Repicci Romanowski, a rehabilitation specialist with Joint Reconstruction Orthopedic Center, will be the featured speaker at a free "Arthritis: Knee and Hip Replacement" seminar at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the McGuire Rehabilitation Center in the Autumn View Health Care Facility, Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg. Call 648-2450 to register.

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The Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York will hold a new patient orientation meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at its office, 3871 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. The event is free; family and friends welcome. For necessary reservations, call 835-7161.

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"Take Control of Kidney Disease Through Knowledge," a chronic kidney disease management class for those in the early stages of kidney disease, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Auditorium A, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Taught by a registered dietitian, the class covers kidney function, conditions that accompany chronic kidney disease, slowing the progression of the disease, maintaining a healthy attitude and nutrition and diet guidelines. The $35 cost is covered for most members of major health insurance carriers. To register, call 835-1323.

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Living with Diabetes, a four-session program of self-management classes, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday in the Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. It will continue Friday, Sept. 23 and 24. For required registration, call 278-4102.

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The WNY Mitro Group, a support group for those interested in mitochondrial disease, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St., Williamsville. It is open to all with interest in the disease, dysfunction or myopathy, including families and caregivers. The group hopes to form a local chapter of United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. For information, contact Jennifer Schwartzott at 525-1102 or jschwartzo@aol.com, or Jeannie Panara at 674-1007 or jmpanara@yahoo.com.

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Dr. Robert J. LaCarrubba and his staff will offer a day of free dental care from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Services provided include routine cleanings, emergency exams, extractions and fillings. No appointments; first come, first served. The Dentistry From the Heart event will be held at: Elmwood Village Dental Care, 892 Elmwood Ave.; Kenmore QualityCare Dentistry, 956 Kenmore Ave.; Elite Dental, 4927 Main St., Williamsville; and NiagaraQuality Care Dentistry, 8875 Porter Road, Niagara Falls. For information, visit www.dentistryfromtheheart.org.

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Pink Ladies Breast Cancer support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the fifth floor boardroom at Sisters Hospital, 2157 Main St. Lisa Anllo, a clinical psychologist, will talk about "Sexuality After Breast and GYN Cancers." Call 447-6205 to register.

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A "Yes You Can Defy Diabetes" program will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays (Sept. 21-Oct. 26) at Good Shepherd Community of Faith, 187 Southside Parkway. The free program is open to those with diabetes or who have risk factors including obesity, age, family history and giving birth to a child over 9 pounds. Incentive gifts will be given to those who attend. For information or to register, call the Rev. Barbara Hulsing at 824-4112 or 655-3463.

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Support groups and phone numbers to call for information include: grief, for adults coping with the pain of the sudden, traumatic death of a loved one, 6 p.m. today, S-6 Meeting Room, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls, 278-4604 or 433-3780; Northtowns Osteoporosis, nutritionist Sharon Lawrence will talk about "The Role of Calcium, Sodium, Vitamins D and K and Supplements" and "The Role of Exercise," 10 a.m. Wednesday Beechwood Residence, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville, 447-6205; Gam-Anon, for family and friends of gamblers, 7 p.m. Thursday, Weinberg Campus, 2700 N. Forest Road, Amherst, 254-4941; Alcoholics Anonymous First Step, 8 p.m. Friday, auditorium, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 278-4569; Alcoholics Anonymous International Group, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 278-4569; Narcotics Anonymous, 5 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 278-4569; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dent Neurological Institute, 3980 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (866) 499-7257 or info@alsaupstateny.org.