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U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin to speak at Appalachian’s Dec. 12 commencement

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SOURCE Appalachian State University

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin will deliver the commencement address Dec. 12 at Appalachian State University. She will speak on “The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation.”

Benjamin will address graduates of the College of Arts and Science, Reich College of Education and University College at 10 a.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center on campus. She will address graduates of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, College of Health Sciences, Hayes School of Music and Walker College of Business beginning at 2 p.m., also in the Holmes Center.

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December 10, 2010 at 9:51 am

Deceased NFL Star’s Donated Organs Save 4 Lives

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SOURCE: News One

One week before Christmas of 2009, NFL star Chris Henry lost his life after having a domestic spat with his fiancée. As his fiance drove away, Henry, 26, fell off the back of a moving pickup truck and died after suffering brain damage.

However, Henry’s mother, Carolyn Glaspy, has ensured that her son’s legacy will extend beyond the football field.

Moments after doctors told Glaspy that Henry’s injuries were too severe for survival, she decided to donate his organs. The lives of Brian Polk, Donna Arnold, James Benton and Thomas Elliot were saved after receiving Henry’s organs. Polk received a kidney, Benton received a liver, Arnold received a pancreas and a kidney, and Elliot received two lungs.

The touching story was featured on the CBS’ pregame NFL show on Thursday afternoon and brought usual tough guys James Brown and Boomer Esiason to tears.

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December 2, 2010 at 10:00 am

MSU breast cancer study to focus on young African American women

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By Rina Miller, Michigan Radio

Michigan State University scientists are looking at why young African American women and poor women appear to be at greater risk for invasive breast cancer.

Nearly 44,000 American women under 50 are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer each year.

Ellen Velie will lead a five-year study looking at why women from a lower socioeconomic status are at increased risk for tumors with the worst prognosis.

“The things we’re going to be asking about are childhood growth, body size, pubertal development and body size in adulthood as well,” Velie says. “We’ll also ask about physical activity in her lifetime, and then diet in her adult life.”

Women from metropolitan Detroit and Los Angeles County will take part in the research.
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October 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm

The First African American Breast Cancer Walk Takes Place This Weekend

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By Kim Hudson,

St. Louis hosts its first walk to bring awareness to breast cancer in the African-American community. St. Louisians are about to make history at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park this weekend as they fight breast cancer. It’s called the “Sista Strut” and it will be the first walk that raises awareness about breast cancer in the African American community. The 5K walk and rally starts at the Missouri history museum. Some might ask why do we need a separate walk for African American breast cancer patients. Internist Dr. Valerie Walker presented statistics from the American Cancer Society – endorsed Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

“The five-year relative survival is lower in African-Americans than in Whites for every stage of diagnosis for nearly every cancer. That means wherever we diagnose it, it is worse for African-Americans and it doesn’t even matter the type of cancer.”

Again, the walk starts at the Missouri History Museum tomorrow morning. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and is $17. Proceeds will go to awareness and resources for those diagnosed with breast cancer as well as their friends and families. And, of course, everyone is invited to attend.

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October 2, 2010 at 9:58 am

Legendary Vocalist Nancy Wilson Among Honorees at California Black Women’s Health Project Gala

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SOURCE: Inglewood Today

The California Black Women’s Health Project celebrated and honored “Women Who Dared: Our Legacy & Our Future” during their 16th Anniversary Breakfast Gala. The inspirational, informative and energizing event was held in downtown Los Angeles at the City Club on the 54th floor.  The panoramic view parallel the high achievers that were honored and the growing accomplishments of   highlighted the California Black Women’s Health Project (CABWHP).

Based in Inglewood, CABWHP is the only statewide organization solely dedicated to improving the health of California’s Black women and girls via education, advocacy and policy. Under the outstanding leadership of executive director Crystal Crawford, the hard working CABWHP staff manages to enhance and empower the lives of women nationally.

The 2010 “Women Who Dared” honorees were Nancy Wilson (legendary vocalist and humanitarian); Gloria Morrow (nationally renowned clinical psychologist and author); and Ann Everett (Director of Nursing for the Watts Healthcare Corporation and lifetime community servant).)  The Gala will include tributes in dance, music and spoken word, as well as an update on CABWHP’s groundbreaking advocacy work to improve the physical, mental and emotional health of Black women and girls. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Del. Cancer Survivor Awarded Citizens Medal

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Reported by: Pat Ciarrocchi, CBS3

At The White House Wednesday, Cynthia M. Church of Wilmington, Delaware found herself on stage right next to the President of the United States.

Cynthia is one of 13 winners of the nation’s second highest civilian honor, the 2010 Citizens Medal.

“For 40 years,” President Obama said, “this medal has been given to men and women who have performed exemplary deeds of service for this country or their fellow citizens.”

Cynthia’s service grew out of her own pain.
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August 12, 2010 at 9:05 am

A mile marker for the African American cycling community

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By Rupa Shenoy, Minnesota Public Radio

St. Paul, Minn. — Cyclists from across the country were in St. Paul this weekend for what’s believed to be the first event of its kind: an African American-focused bike festival.

Organizers gave away bikes, took people on rides and held demonstrations in Martin Luther King Park, alongside the annual Rondo Days festival. They said cycling could be the cure for many problems in the black community, including the obesity epidemic.

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July 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm