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dreamstime s 28452940Well - we know we can't really prevent you from dying from breast cancer, but we aim to give you a fighting chance!  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the US.  However, for African American women, although they are less likely than white women to be diagnosed with breast cancer, they are 60% more likely to die from the disease.  This is because they tend to be affected at younger ages with more agreessive forms of the disease.  In addition, many women with early breast cancer have no symptoms.  There is hope though!  If there is early detection of the cancer, treatment can be very effective.

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IMG 1828My ninth place showing in the inaugural Metropolitan 5K Run/Walk? Yeah, I’m proud of that! I trained for the race. I ate right the day before. I had a race plan, and I executed it. So when I crossed the finish line--where my wife and daughters were standing and cheering me on--it was mission accomplished.

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P1500364On Sunday, June 2, weeks of preparation came to a head as 58 runners and walkers gathered at 6301 Sligo Parkway and awaited the sound of the starting gun that would signal that the Metropolitan 40th Anniversary 5k Run/Walk was underway (ok - there was no gun, but that sounded good!).  We had husbands and wives, a father-mother-daughter team and siblings participate.  We had a couple of runners who decided that the day was too beautiful to just run a 5k, and so they increased their distance to 10k.  Enjoy the pictures below - courtesy Claudette Smith.  Here's the list of winners by age category, and here's the list of all runners and finish times (courtesy race timer extraordinaire - Vaughn Andrews).

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tn Vegetarian Cooking tVegan/total vegetarian cookbook authorJudith Richardson will host a cooking class on Sunday, September 29, at 2:00 p.m.  Mrs. Richardson has been preparing delicious and healthy vegan and vegetarian meals for more than 20 years.  A cooking demonstration she did at Macy's in New York City was featured in the New York Times.  She has done cooking demonstrations at various Whole Foods and health stores in the Florida area, and has appeared on cable channel 3ABN.  She is also a much sought-after caterer.

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tn 4G Teens std tMetro Teens 4G is pleased to present Teens Against the Spread of AIDS (TASA) on Saturday, May 18 at 10:45 a.m.  TASA is a non profit group that is part of the National Children's Hospital in Washington, DC. TASA trains high school teens from the Metropolitan DC area on how to create and present high energy, creative, informative and fun performances and workshops for teens that address topics including sexually transmitted diseases, testing and medical care, problem solving and and other problem areas teens face. 

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AutismApril is Autism Awareness Month.  The Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church is pleased to host an hour of spiritual encouragement for families affected by autism or Asperber's Syndrome on Saturday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m.  Pastor Brenda Billingy will share words of affirmation and hope with parents and caregivers.  Childcare will be provided so that you may fully benefit from the program.  Light refreshments will be served.  All members of our community are welcome - you do not have to be affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  We encourage you to RSVP to 240-620-2371 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , so that we may provide adequate childcare.

This event is sponsored by F.A.C.E. (Facing Autism with Children Everywhere - facethemovement.org), Moore Communication Connections and Spectrum Support Group, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Church.

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reddresspinFebruary is American Heart Awareness Month.

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On June 2, we’re doing an outreach activity here at Metropolitan that I’m soooooooo excited about.  We’re hosting a blood and bone marrow drive!  (Sign up here) Don’t you DARE stop reading!  I know you want to, because you’re most likely black, and black people don’t generally donate blood.  It’s the truth.  The stats are horrible or somewhat less horrible, depending on whom you believe.  Only about 5 percent of the general population donates blood, and of that number, only 10 percent are African American – says the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center1.  Blood Centers of the Pacific reports that only 3 percent of their African American population donates blood2.

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