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Join 11Alive's Christine Pullara and march for healthy babies

Join 11Alive's Christine Pullara and march for healthy babies

ATLANTA -- More than 400 babies are born too soon every week in Georgia.

These babies' lungs, brains and other organs may not be fully developed. As a result, thousands of them do not live long enough to see their first birthdays.

On Saturday, Apr. 30, a legion of families and business leaders in Metro Atlanta and across Georgia will join together for the annual March of Dimes March for Babies, the nation's oldest walk fundraiser dedicated to preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.

"Every step we take, every dollar raised brings us closer to a day when every family will know the joy of a healthy baby," said Courtney Lewis, VP of global assurance services at AT&T and downtown March for Babies chair.

Transplant recipients celebrate gift of life

Transplant recipients celebrate gift of life

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Pamela Locke and John Bafford are grateful for every day.

They both received lifesaving transplants, and now they are throwing a "birthday" party to celebrate their new lives and raise money for their ongoing medical expenses.

The second annual Party for a Cause will be held on Thursday, Apr. 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Founders Hall (1076 Canton Street, Roswell, 30075).

Locke, 47, of Marietta was diagnosed with renal failure in 2003 and began dialysis treatments three days a week. She waited 19 months before receiving a transplant in 2006.

Unfortunately, Locke's health battles returned in 2009, when doctors told her that she needed a second transplant. Thus began her quest to find a living kidney donor.

Cindy Comstock, Locke's childhood friend, heard about her search and mentioned it to another friend, Laurie Collins.

Georgia Grown program kicks off with sweet potato fries in schools

Georgia Grown program kicks off with sweet potato fries in schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Students were in for a treat when sweet potato fries were recently introduced to school lunch menus in Fulton County.

The school district held promotional events to raise awareness about how sweet potato fries are rich in vitamins A and C.

The healthier fries are part of the Georgia Grown and Farm to School programs, which were started in February and will continue throughout the school year.

The Farm to School initiative is a national movement dedicated to providing students with local fresh fruits and vegetables. Georgia Grown is an association of in-state farmers who provide produce to schools and businesses.

Thanks to Georgia Grown, students will be provided with a fresh fruit or vegetable from a farm in Georgia each week.

Fulton named 26th healthiest county in Georgia

Fulton named 26th healthiest county in Georgia

FULTON COUNTY, Ga.

Northbrook UMC to host health screenings

Northbrook UMC to host health screenings

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Older adults in need of preventive health screenings can take advantage of a free clinic in Roswell.

The Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration (SPARC) clinic will be held on Thursday, Mar. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northbrook United Methodist Church (11225 Crabapple Road, Roswell, 30075).

Headed by the Fulton County Department of Housing and Human Services Office of Aging, the clinic will offer at least a dozen screenings, including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and colorectal.

This year, there will be sleep screenings to evaluate people who may have trouble getting a good night's sleep. Tetanus, pneumonia and flu immunizations will also be provided.

For more information, call the Fulton County Office of Aging at 404-613-6000.

Golf Tournament to Benefit Prostate Cancer Coalition

Golf Tournament to Benefit Prostate Cancer Coalition

ROSWELL, GA -- An upcoming charity golf tournament will benefit the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, a non-profit organization founded by prostate cancer survivors and support groups in Metro Atlanta.

The tournament will be Monday, Apr. 4 at Country Club of Roswell (2500 Club Springs Drive, 30076). A $125 entry fee is due Friday, Mar. 11 and can be sent to:

Frank Catroneo
560 Barnesley Lane
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Please make checks payable to GPCC. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, call 770-619-0710.

The tournament will begin at 8:00 a.m. with registration, practice and a putting contest.

Racing for a Cause Brings Funds, Awareness to APFED

Racing for a Cause Brings Funds, Awareness to APFED

ROSWELL, GA -- For the first 21 months of his life, McDonough resident Ricky Springer suffered from constant pain that baffled his parents and 18 different doctors.

Finally, thanks to volunteers with the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED), the Springers found a physician who properly diagnosed their son with eosinophilic colitis, a highly allergic response to certain food allergens.

Ricky was immediately placed on a special diet of elemental formula. Within four days, the pain disappeared, transforming him into a happy, normal little boy.

Because it was so difficult to find a diagnosis for his condition, Ricky made it his mission to raise awareness for eosinophilic disorders.