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Transplant adds life to birthdays

Joe Hamrock will celebrate his 29th birthday on July 24. He celebrated what he called his 25th "birthday" on Thursday. It was one year ago Thursday, on June 6, 1990, that a heart was transplanted into his body at Tampa General Hospital. The Largo man had suffered cardiac arrest just hours before the transplant and was in a coma.

His new heart, he was told, had come from a 24-year-old woman who lived somewhere "south of Tampa." That heart is ticking soundly. Joe looks and feels great. He is playing a lot of golf and softball, but he spent some time last week thinking about the 25-year-old heart that gave him a new lease on life.

Fund-raisers . . . and more

This is Jail and Bail Week for the American Cancer Society. That's the fund-raiser in which, for a $25 donation, you can have someone arrested and hauled off to "jail," which is in the cancer society office in North Pinellas (Dunedin) and Tyrone Square Mall in South Pinellas. Then the convict has to raise at least $250 from friends to post bail.

Call the society at 733-6774 in Dunedin or 546-9922 in Pinellas Park.

If you want to help cancer patients and also see some neat children at work, come by Faith Lutheran Church between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. The church is at 1620 Pinehurst Road, across the street from Dunedin High School.

What you will find is something called the Kids for the Community Bazaar. Members of Dunedin High's Key Club and Future Homemakers of America chapter are trying to raise money to buy 80 cassette-tape head sets for cancer patients at Mease, Morton Plant and Helen Ellis hospitals. Relaxation tapes and soothing music can help patients during chemotherapy and other treatments.

The children hope to raise at least $1,200, which will be matched by the Aid Association for Lutherans through its branches at Faith and St. Timothy's Lutheran churches.

The bazaar will include a white-elephant sale, food donated by McDonald's and Publix, "doggie wash," dunking machine, personalized T-shirts, face painting and caricatures by local artists.

New Directions, a 3-year-old group of young professionals that raises money for the cancer society, staged a jazz concert at the Arbor Shoreline Office Park in Clearwater last month. The "upscale outdoor happy hour," as it was called, raised more than $6,000.

Full pantry, few volunteers

The Religious Community Services Food Pantry in downtown Clearwater has as many hungry people as ever coming for help but not enough volunteer workers because of people going on vacations or North for the summer. The pantry needs volunteers who could give three or four hours a week. Call 443-4031.

If you'd like to see the place first, a good opportunity to do that would be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday during the grand opening of the pantry's new quarters in the same building at 210 S Ewing Ave. That's just a block east of the Clearwater Times Building.

Concerts at Coachman

Coachman Park on the downtown Clearwater bayfront will be alive with music for the next eight Friday nights. The concerts, from 7 to 9 p.m., are sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times and the Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department.

The opening concert this week will feature the Mostly Pops Orchestra with vocalists John and Mary K. Wilson.

Bucs, Bombers and benefit

Also coming up this weekend is the 15th annual Bucs-Bombers game in Jack Russell Stadium. For the first time, the benefit softball game will be played on a Saturday night, starting about 5:30.