The Festival of Hope will celebrate the efforts of community members who have raised money to help area cancer, heart disease and diabetes today

Project Hope seeks
grant applications
n The Festival of Hope will celebrate the efforts of community members who have raised money to help area cancer, heart disease and diabetes today.
But Project Hope is already looking for organizations who can help put the money to work with education, prevention and treatment for heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Project Hope’s goals are to assist organizations that serve needy patients who suffer from heart disease, cancer or diabetes; assist those at risk for these diseases through prevention, education and intervention; and support national research to find a cure.
Grant applications are available at www.projecthopems.com or by calling (662) 377-3867. Deadline is April 15. Funding decisions will be announced in May.
Festival of Hope will be 6 to 10 p.m. today at the Tupelo Furniture Market, Building V in Tupelo. Admission is free; hamburger plates available for $5.
Spirit of Women
opens nominations
n NMMC’s Spirit of Women Initiative is seeking nominations for its annual recognition of spirited women.
The awards recognize ordinary women who do extraordinary things for their families and communities.
Winners are selected in three categories – Young Person Role Model, ages 14 to 20; Community Hero, ages 21 and up; and Healthcare Hero, a clinical professional.
For more information, call 377-4099 or (800) 843-3375. Forms can be downloaded from www.nmhs.net/spirit. Nomination deadline is March 31.
ICC program
earns high marks
n Itawamba Community College’s respiratory therapy program has received reaccreditation from the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care at the conclusion of a recent site visit, and evaluators called the program “exemplary.”
The 30-year-old program has the nation’s highest pass rates coupled with the highest retention rates, the evaluators said.
Accredited respiratory care programs must be reevaluated every 10 years in order to maintain accreditation
ICC’s respiratory therapy program offers a basic certificate level of study as well as an expanded curriculum for advanced practitioners.
Daily Journal reports

Michaela Morris