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Lassiter High PINK OUT to raise funds for breast cancer research

Lassiter High PINK OUT to raise funds for breast cancer research

MARIETTA, Ga. -- For the fourth year in a row, the DECA club at Marietta's Lassiter High School will hold a Friday night PINK OUT to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

During the Oct. 7 football game against Cherokee High, Lassiter DECA members will sell pink T-shirts and spirit items, and the cheerleaders will collect donations to breast cancer research. This year's PINK OUT will be held in honor of Pam Hutchinson Butler, a breast cancer patient and Lassiter alumna.

DECA members hope to collect $3,500 this year.

The Lassiter-Cherokee game will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Frank Fillman Stadium. All attendees are asked to wear pink and donate to show their support for eliminating breast cancer.

Sam's Club offers free health screenings for women

Sam's Club offers free health screenings for women

ATLANTA – Sam’s Club is offering free women’s health screenings to help members take charge of their health.

This event, being held to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will test women’s blood pressure, BMI and test them for thyroid issues. Thyroid disease, in women, can often be a symptom of other issues like cancer and infertility.

According to Sam’s Club, “the disease causes the body to use energy either more slowly or quickly than it should, causing weight loss or gain, hot or cold flashes or drastic changes in energy level. Many people who have thyroid problems do not know until they are tested.”

Sam’s Club will, also, offer free samples of women’s health-related products and awareness information. For more information, times and locations of free health screenings in participating Sam’s Club locations, visit SamsClub.com/healthyliving.

Medication Disposal Day planned this Saturday

Medication Disposal Day planned this Saturday

The largest source of pharmaceutical byproducts in water comes from the improper disposal of unused medications flushed down drains. Organizations in Cobb have teamed up to educate the public about this issue and reduce pharmaceuticals in our waterways. Kaiser Permanente is partnering with Keep Cobb Beautiful, Cobb Water System, Cobb Public Safety and Cobb Senior Services to provide safe disposal of unused, expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.

A Medication Disposal Day will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. This is an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of outdated or unused medications without even leaving their cars.

Medication Disposal Day planned this Saturday

Medication Disposal Day planned this Saturday

The largest source of pharmaceutical byproducts in water comes from the improper disposal of unused medications flushed down drains. Organizations in Cobb have teamed up to educate the public about this issue and reduce pharmaceuticals in our waterways. Kaiser Permanente is partnering with Keep Cobb Beautiful, Cobb Water System, Cobb Public Safety and Cobb Senior Services to provide safe disposal of unused, expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.

A Medication Disposal Day will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. This is an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of outdated or unused medications without even leaving their cars.

Creekview High among schools that 'rock' for MDA

Creekview High among schools that 'rock' for MDA

CANTON, Ga. -- More than 60 schools participated in this year's School ShamROCKS Program sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Together, these schools raised over $34,000 to fight muscular dystrophy.

Creekview High School in Canton was this year's big winner, raising $2,000 for MDA.

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

ATLANTA – Sawanda Spinks was eight-months-pregnant when she learned her first child would be born with hydrocephalus.

“I had never heard of it; I didn’t know what it was but when I heard the risks, I started crying; I couldn’t take listening to that”, she said.

Spinks had gone into the emergency room for a pulled muscle but when she left her life was changed, forever.

Hydrocephalus is a condition that affects 1-in-500 infants. The condition, also known as having “water on the brain”, happens when fluid accumulates on the brain and in the skull cavities.

As any first-time parent would Spinks visited countless specialists, searching for good news, before she would give birth to her son a month later; she heard none.

“Doctors didn’t give us much hope but they were doing their job, they’re supposed to tell you the worst case scenario”.   

“We heard it all.

Time to get a flu shot

Time to get a flu shot

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Flu season will be here before we know it, and the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Immunization Clinic is going mobile in an effort to help citizens combat the virus.

In addition to offering flu vaccinations to everyone six months and older at all public health centers, CDPH is giving them at local workplaces and events for groups of 20 or more people.

"We are committed to ensuring everyone is properly protected, so we're encouraging community members to walk in to one of our many clinic locations. However, we're also ready and willing to come to any group in Cobb or Douglas County that has 20 or more people who'd like to get immunized," said Karen Thomas, district immunization director for CDPH.

This year's flu vaccine costs $20.