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A nurse-midwife is grateful for co-workers’ kindness

Lexington resident Megan MacInnes, a certified nurse-midwife at Mount Auburn Hospital, with patient Heather Daniels of Somerville and her newborn son, William, born March 14.

PAYING IT FORWARD: After a routine mammogram led to a diagnosis of breast cancer in March 2011, Lexington resident Megan MacInnes took six weeks off from her job as a certified nurse-midwife at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge to recover from surgery.

Two months later, she began chemotherapy at Mount Auburn Hospital’s Hematology/Oncology Center. She continued to work, but had to rest for four days following treatment sessions, which were every other week for four months.

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The support that MacInnes received at home was complemented by that of her “second family’’ at work. With MacInnes having used up her vacation time, co-workers - fellow midwives, nurses, and medical assistants - prevented her illness from taking a financial toll by donating a total of six weeks of their own earned time to cover her absences. Physicians and other colleagues donated money for gift cards, and delivered homemade meals for her family.

Now healthy and back to work full time, MacInnes said the experience has been humbling, while also leaving her grateful to be the one taking care of patients once again.

“I had never been really sick before, and I don’t like to ask for help, so having people readily give all that they did was overwhelming and quite amazing,’’ she said. “Now I’m feeling great and enjoying life.’’

SHOWER FOR SHELTERS: The Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is sponsoring its twelfth annual Shower for Shelters fund-raising drive to support the transitional housing programs offered by three regional organizations: REACH Beyond Domestic Violence in Waltham, the Second Step in Newton, and Voices Against Violence in Framingham.

The effort begins with “Libations and Donations,’’ a wine-tasting event Friday at 7 p.m. at Sudbury Wine and Spirits, 410 Boston Post Road in Sudbury. Donations of new, unwrapped household items will be accepted at the gathering, as well as at Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Road in Sudbury; Wayland Free Public Library, 5 Concord Road; and Lincoln Public Library, 3 Bedford Road, from April 23 through May 7.

“ ‘Libations and Donations’ is a great opportunity to meet members of the roundtable, learn about our goals and activities, help the shelters and the families leaving the shelters, and welcome a new merchant to Sudbury, all while having a good time,’’ said Diane Seligman, a Sudbury resident who serves as treasurer of the local nonprofit organization.

Items that are especially needed include diapers, children’s socks and underwear, bedding, plates, flatware, glasses, towels, pots and pans, small appliances, unscented household cleaners, toiletries, clothes hangers, postage stamps, MBTA passes, and gift cards to grocery stores.

The Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable holds public meetings at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month from September through June in the Wayland Public Safety Building, at routes 20 and 27. There are no attendance fees or dues.

To RSVP for “Libations and Donations,’’ call Sudbury Wine and Spirits at 978-443-1300. For more information about the roundtable, visit www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org.

MENTORING BOYS TO MEN: Looking back, David Palmer of Watertown said he wishes he hadn’t had to learn everything the hard way. “I couldn’t talk to any adults,’’ he recalled, “no teachers, no mentors, and certainly not my parents.’’

Wanting an easier path for his son, Dylan, 16, Palmer involved them three years ago with Boys to Men New England, a nonprofit mentoring organization that provides role models for adolescent boys in conjunction with team-building activities.

“We demonstrate emotional vulnerability, and in turn, the boys feel safe being themselves and talking about personal subjects,’’ Palmer said, noting that common struggles include bullying, relationships, and pressure from parents, friends, and school.

“We’re not therapists,’’ he added, “but talking is huge, whether any solutions are presented or not.’’

Dylan, a Watertown High junior, said he and his fellow “journeymen’’ benefit from identifying and working on issues that prevent them from becoming the person they want to be.

“Most teens feel that people don’t care or are against them, and no one wants to hear what they have to say,’’ he said. “This is a place where someone will actually listen to you and not necessarily offer advice, but offer reassurance you’re not alone, you’ll get through this. That’s something most people don’t have.’’

Boys to Men New England’s first benefit concert, “Voices of Boys & Men,’’ will take place next Sunday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road in Boston.

Performers will include the Sounds of Concord barbershop chorus, Boys to Men mentor and vocalist Ed Martinez, singer-songwriters Linda Marks and David Roth, father-son duo Jesse and Jack Gauthier, poet and hip-hop artist Remon Jourdan, cabaret singer Jay Uhler, and teen a cappella group G20.

For more information, contact Linda Marks at 617-913-0683 or lsmheart@aol.com, or visit www.boystomennewengland.org.

GUEST OF HONOR: Carlisle resident Deborah Abel, artistic director of the Deborah Abel Dance Company, said she felt honored when Nirupama Rao, India’s ambassador to the United States, traveled from Washington, D.C., to attend the premiere of “Calling to You: A Tale of Ancient Wisdom in the Modern World’’ last month at Boston University.

The dance production, choreographed to original music composed by another Carlisle resident, Lee Perlman, will tour India in December.

Rao was welcomed at the theater with a garland. Following the performance, she was the guest of honor at a small dinner gathering in Cambridge.

“The ambassador’s visit was an honor, and very inspiring to us,’’ said Abel, who also directs a modern dance school based in Lexington.

CLUB 47’S LEGACY: A film codirected by Rob Stegman (inset) of Needham will make its world premiere through the Boston International Film Festival at 6 p.m. Tuesday at AMC Loews Boston Common, 175 Tremont St. in Boston.

“For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival’’ explores the history of Harvard Square’s Club 47 (now named Club Passim) while focusing on the Cambridge folk music scene from 1959 to 1968.

The documentary features previously unreleased music and rare photographs, as well as interviews with folk icons Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Jackie Washington, Jim Rooney, and Peter Rowan.

“Those years were like a Camelot moment,’’ said Stegman, who worked on the film with executive producer Todd Kwait, a Wayland native who now lives in Ohio. “This was an unusual group of extraordinarily talented musicians, coming together almost by chance, yet launching a revolution in American music that inspired generations of artists and music lovers.’’

“For the Love’’ was produced in collaboration with the New England Folk Music Archives and its founder, Belmont native Betsy Siggins, who also helped launch Club 47 and is featured prominently in the film.

For more information, visit www.loveofthemusic.com.

People items may be submitted to Cindy Cantrell at cantrell@ globe.com.
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