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Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- When Khorkie Tyus’ mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School senior responded by helping her mom at home and spreading “warm love” to others.

Working with an oncology nurse, Khorkie developed an idea for special Warm Love kits for chemotherapy patients.

“I noticed there were people who went to chemo by themselves, and I thought some goodie bags would show them someone cared for them,” explained the 16 year old.

Many patients are sensitive to aluminum, for example, so Khorkie includes aluminum-free deodorant and toothpaste. Chemo patients also tend to get chilly when being infused so Khorkie packs hats, scarves, socks, and blankets. (In fact, cozy blankets were how the project got its name.)

Walk With a Doc continues through November at Drake Field

Walk With a Doc continues through November at Drake Field

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.  – Based on popular demand, Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s Walk With a Doc program, which began in the spring, returns to Drake Field and will continue monthly through November. All members of the community are invited to join us to walk and talk with a Piedmont doctor.

The next walk, led by physicians and midwives from Southern Crescent Women’s Healthcare, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Drake Field at City Hall, 155 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City.

“Walk with a Doc has been a very successful program,” said Debbie Britt, executive director, community and public relations at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “We’ve had very positive feedback from participants who have enjoyed talking to the doctors about general health topics while taking an early morning stroll.”

'Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2' coming to metro Atlanta theaters

'Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2' coming to metro Atlanta theaters

(WXIA) -- A sequel to the popular health documentary Fat Sick & Nearly Dead will be screened at several Atlanta-area movie theaters next month.

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2 will play Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The first film, released in 2010, followed Australian filmmaker Joe Cross in his quest to lose 100 pounds by consuming fruit and vegetable juice. In the second movie, Cross and a team of experts will explore broader themes of diet and health.

Cross credited his juice-based diet with helping him lose a considerable amount of weight and rid his body of a chronic auto-immune disease. He has since founded Reboot with Joe, which supports people in their decision to make positive dietary and lifestyle changes.

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2 will be shown at these theaters:

Alpharetta
UA North Point 8
6500 North Point Parkway

Woman nearly gives birth in hospital parking lot

Woman nearly gives birth in hospital parking lot

Newnan, Ga. – Velinda Braxton had no reason to believe her third pregnancy would be any different from her first two. In both of those pregnancies, labor had to be induced. So when Braxton woke up Thursday – just five days before her due date – with back-to-back contractions, she knew something wasn’t right.

“I said to myself, ‘hold on…something’s wrong,’” said Braxton. “The [contractions] just started coming quicker and quicker. I didn’t expect it to happen so fast because the day before, I really wasn’t contracting as much.”

Braxton called her mother who told her panicked daughter to call an ambulance. She didn’t heed that advice immediately. Instead, Braxton tried to relax but soon, her water broke. As her brother rushed over to take care of her children, an ambulance made its way to her home in Palmetto, Ga., for the 40-minute race to Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgia parents are buying sparklers for their children this Fourth of July, thinking they are a safe way to celebrate. But, as a Georgia eye expert warns, sparklers heat up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit -- hot enough to melt some metals -- and are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

Members of the Georgia Optometric Association are urging parents to leave all the fireworks to the professionals and avoid fireworks that may cause serious eye injuries when used inappropriately. Some of the most common fireworks injuries are eye abrasions, lacerations, contusions and foreign matter in the eye. The majority of these cases are related to the use of sparklers.

Piedmont Newnan Hospital to host blood drive

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Piedmont Newnan Hospital and The American Red Cross will host a blood drive on Tuesday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Conference Room 2 of the hospital. The American Red Cross is seeking to increase blood donations during the summer months, a time when donations typically drop, as part of its campaign, “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.”

To give blood, a donor must be: in good health; age 17 years or older; weigh at least 110 pounds; not have donated blood within the last 56 days; and, show a valid photo I.D. It is recommended donors eat a snack or meal within two hours prior to donating blood.

To schedule an appointment for the July 1 blood drive at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, visit redcrossblood.org, click on “Enter a Sponsor Code” located in the left center of the page and enter sponsor code: piedmontnewnan.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."