Courtney Gessford, 28, of Sacramento, Calif. lived out a dream when she was "showered" with puppies from the Front Street Animal Shelter. Gessford, who has been battling cancer for three years, said she felt like she was “in a dream.” Her family thought this would be a great way to lift her spirits.
Maren Caldwell, who volunteers with People Advocating Vaccine Education, a Charlotte-based nonprofit shares information with parents trying to decide whether to have their children injected with the 23 doses of vaccines now required for every kindergarten-age child in the state, plus six more needed for enrollment when the child gets to 7th grade.
Heather Winfree used baseball cards to tell her husband with kidney disease, Steve Winfree, that she is a kidney donor match. She hopes their story will bring more awareness to living kidney donations.
Apex opened its new Elevate Fitness Course Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Apex Community Park on Laura Duncan Road. The course is designed to challenge participants with jumping, balancing and climbing obstacles and draws inspiration from the obstacle course fitness trend.
Although vaccines have nearly eliminated this once common childhood disease in the U.S., mumps is still a concern throughout much of the undeveloped world, and has had several recent outbreaks stateside. Carrie Bohenick, MD, a pediatrician at Akron Children's Hospital Pediatrics, discusses the painful swelling of glands and other more serious symptoms of this viral infection.
Duke Children's Hospital held its first prom on Sat., April 22, 2017, for current and former patients age 12 and up. More than 100 patients and their guests danced, ate, posed in a photo booth and even smeared whipped-cream pies on Duke staff as part of the fun.
About half of Americans still have healthcare through their employer. The Affordable Care Act impacted employer-based healthcare plans, changing rules on lifetime limits and pre-existing conditions, birth control and much more. If the Trump administration decides to replace or repeal ACA, these benefits could disappear.