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Health News: A 17-mile hiking trail?

Spotsylvania County will sponsor a community meeting on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Harrison Road Community Center, 4728 Harrison Road. The county wants public input on creating a hiking/biking trail along the general alignment of the abandoned Virginia Central Railway. The proposed trail is 17 miles long with approximately 15.7 miles of new construction. A portion of the trail has already been built  between Salem Church Road and Gordon Road. For more: Call the county Planning Department at 540/507-7434. The county’s flyer is here.

Lung cancer victims will be remembered at a local vigil.

The Lung Cancer Alliance will sponsor a local Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Mary Washington Hospital Radiation Oncology building on the hospital campus in Fredericksburg. Dr. Timothy Sherwood, medical director of the hospital’s thoracic surgery program, will be among the guest speakers. A lung cancer survivor and the family member of a lung cancer patient also will speak. For more: See the alliance’s website here.

Moss Clinic will sponsor a fund-raising run this weekend.

The Lloyd Moss Free Clinic will sponsor its first 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m. The race will begin and end at the clinic parking lot on Sam Perry Boulevard, next to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. For more: See the race flyer here.

Patient First will provide free X-rays of Halloween candy from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct 31. Patient First has two clinics in the region, at 3031 Plank Road in Central Park in Fredericksburg and at 60 Prosperity Lane in North Stafford.

The Virginia Department of Health has recertified Mary Washington Hospital’s trauma center. The verification allows Mary Washington to continue as a Level II trauma center. Mary Washington’s trauma center opened in 2008. It is one of 14 designated trauma centers in Virginia and one of four Level II centers.

Oysters are on the menu for the hospital foundation fund-raiser.

The Mary Washington Hospital Foundation’s 8th Annual “Roastin’ at the Rivah” Oyster Roast and Silent Auction will be held at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 10 p.m.  The event features music, all-you-can-eat oysters, drinks and barbeque.  Tickets are $75. All proceeds go to the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic.  For more: Call the foundation at 540/741-1512  or visit its website here.

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