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Bakersfield Heart Hospital.

Bakersfield Heart Hospital is seeking women living with heart disease to attend a national training program and in turn lead a local support group for other women.

The hospital will choose two applicants to attend the WomenHeart's annual Science and Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for training in October, a hospital news release said. The hospital has partnered with WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease through the National Hospital Alliance for the effort.

Michelle Oxford, the hospital's vice president of business development, said travel and hotel expenses will be covered for the chosen women. The hospital sent one heart attack survivor to the program last year and she now leads the support group.

Such groups can be crucial for the recovery and well-being of a heart disease survivor and her family, Oxford said. As more women are trained to steer the gatherings, Oxford said the hospital wants to expand the program throughout the county.

To apply, contact Laura Sabedra at or 316-6054. Applications are due Aug. 9.

The next support group meeting is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 3008 Sillect Ave. #100.

A Bakersfield girl will journey to Washington, D.C., in July to encourage legislators to fund Type 1 diabetes research.

Two Central Valley children were selected to join 150 children from across the nation at the event: Eileen Roux, 11, of Bakersfield and a Fresno girl. Roux was one of 1,500 children who applied to attend JDRF Children's Congress program to be held July 8 through 10, according to a news release.

She and a parent will receive an all-expense paid trip to the biannual event, said Allison Perkins-Thomas, branch manager for JDRF Central Valley Council.

Roux was diagnosed at age 8 and enjoys playing softball and singing, according to a JDRF news release. Beyond her summer lobbying efforts, she aspires to be a police officer or the president of the United States, the news release said.

Doctors from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will visit Bakersfield next month to offer a free neurology and neurosurgery conference.

The conference is 7:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. July 13 at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center, according to a hospital news release. Topics will include nutrition, question and answer periods, and breakout sessions on spine, tumor, neuromuscular and stroke treatments, according to the program's agenda. Preregistration is required. Call 800-233-2771 or visit the to register.

-- Californian staff writer Rachel Cook