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Sports Star Fundraiser
Thirteen is a lucky number this month for people who love sports celebrities, golf and a good cause. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Louisiana Chapter is staging its 13th annual fundraising effort, Breakfast and Golf with the Champions April 13, with events on both sides of Lake Pontchartrain.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast at the New Orleans Hilton (Poydras Street and the Mississippi River) at which about 30 national sports celebrities will be on hand. After breakfast, participants will be able to get autographs and have their pictures taken with the sports stars. Tickets for the breakfast are $35.

The fundraiser then moves to the Northshore for a golf tournament featuring some of the sports celebrities. Play begins with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start at Oak Harbor Golf and Country Club (205 Oak Harbor Blvd., Slidell). Entry fees to play in the tournament are $200 for a single golfer or $1,000 for a foursome.

For more information or to reserve tickets to the breakfast or the tournament, call 837-0945 or (888) 290-0945.

This year the New Orleans Saints organization has given the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society $10,000 to support the event, and the football team plans to give its event tickets to underprivileged children in the area.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was founded in 1949 to fund research and seek cures to leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma.

Healthy Fun
Women get a chance to tee up for an abbreviated round of golf while being pampered by volunteer "hunks" during the 12th annual A-1 Appliance Ladies Golf Extravaganza April 23. Proceeds from the event benefit United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Greater New Orleans.

The festivities start at 10 a.m. at Bayou Barriere Golf Club (7427 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse) on the West Bank, and women don't even have to play the game well to enter. To make things easy, a group of men -- jokingly referred to as hunks -- will help women with their golf bags, and will even pinch-hit for them on golf holes. In addition, makeovers, massages, manicures and prizes will be available as well as food from Le Madeleine and Nacho Mamas.

Golfers can participate in a nine-hole game or stick to the putt-putt course. The entry fee for tournament players is a $100 donation, or a $50 donation for hunks. A pre-event auction, which includes items such as large appliances, is scheduled April 22 at Cars of Yesteryears (4633 Fairfield Ave., Metairie). Proceeds from the auction also benefit UCP. For more information, call 865-0003.

Songs for Life
There's still time to pick up tickets for local songstress Timothea's Siren to Wail Gala Friday, April 5, to raise funds for research, education and prevention of hepatitis C.

The event, the third such fundraiser, starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Pontchartrain Hotel (2031 St. Charles Ave.) and features a star-studded musical lineup that includes Allen Toussaint, Doug Kershaw, Marva Wright, and Timothea and the Blue Soul Express Band as well as a second line by the Storyville Stompers.

U.S. Sen. John Breaux also will be on hand to honor local Ochsner Clinic Foundation physicians Dr. James Eason, a transplant surgeon, and Dr. Robert Perillo, director of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, for their work with hepatitis C. Timothea founded the national nonprofit Sirens to Wail organization in 2000 to provide the public with education about the hepatitis C virus and how to prevent it, low-cost testing, medical referral services, counseling and more.

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne disease that affects about 4 million Americans and can seriously damage the liver. It is spread through contact with infected blood and may be present for years before a person shows symptoms. It is a major cause of liver cancer and leads to an estimated 1,000 liver transplants a year in the United States.

Admission to the gala is a $500 per couple donation or $800 for a foursome.

Looking at the Whole
Health care workers interested in integrating conventional as well as alternative therapies into their practices can find help and information at a two-day conference April 12-13 in Baton Rouge.

The conference, sponsored by the Wholistic Wellness Network, seeks to inform physicians and other medical professionals about how to use both conventional and complementary medical practices to benefit their patients' overall health.

Dr. Jimmy Guidry, director of the Louisiana Office of Public Health, will discuss "The Role of Holism in Public Health," and Dr. Henri Roca, president of the Wholistic Wellness Network, will talk about "Relative Realities: Transforming Anecdotes into Case Studies."

Other events include a panel on cancer care, discussions about women's health, seminars, exhibits and workshops.

The conference is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 12 and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 13 at the Unitarian Church (8470 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge). For more information, call 225-272-2454 or visit the Web site at www.wellwv.org.

Learn and Live
Ochsner Clinic Foundation has scheduled a morning of discussions about diabetes and treatment strategies during its Diabetes Institute Spring Fest from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6.

The event, which will be held at Ochsner's main campus (1514 Jefferson Hwy.), will include discussions, information about foot care, exhibits, a continental breakfast, door prizes and entertainment by the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra.

Health officials believe diabetes affects more than 21 million Americans, but about 5 million of those are unaware they have the disease. It often can be controlled through diet, exercise and medication. Left uncontrolled, however, it can lead to debilitating complications and even death.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call 842-1234 or (800) 231-5257.

Eat, Listen and Be Healthy
Memorial Medical Center is offering a couple of innovative health lectures this month that feature discussions with health specialists over lunch at Emeril's Delmonico Restaurant (1300 St. Charles Ave.).

Dr. Gregory Ferriss, a neurologist who specializes in sleep disorders, will address "Sleepless in New Orleans" at noon April 9. Dr. Gregor Hoffman is the keynote speaker for a lunch presentation about advances in hip and knee replacement on April 16. Admission for each is $10; reservations are required. Call 1-888-836-3848.

Setting the Pace for a Cure
Don your best walking shoes and set a lively pace to defeat inflammatory bowel diseases Saturday, April 6, at the 2002 New Orleans Pacesetter Walk at Lafreniere Park in Metairie.

The walk-a-thon, sponsored by the Louisiana Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K trek will be followed with a musical performance by Benny Grunch and the Bunch as well as food, clowns and other entertainment. Registration for the walk-a-thon is $20 and includes lunch, snacks and drinks. Participants who raise a minimum of $50 will receive an event T-shirt; prizes also will be awarded for larger amounts collected, the largest teams and the team with the highest amount of money collected.

Proceeds from the event benefit CCFA's education and research programs. The organization is dedicated to prevention, research and education about inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, which affect both children and adults and can be painful as well as life threatening.

For more information or to register for the walk, call 888-1135 or (800) 799-0157.

Workout for the Children
A local business is teaming up with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in a fun-filled fundraiser that features self-defense and physical workout classes at 5 p.m. April 29 at Body Art (3414 Hessmer Ave., Metairie).

For a donation of $25 or more, participants of all ages can attend a self-defense class with police Lt. Pam Smith, hatha yoga with instructor Carrie Weidemann, and a new cardiovascular workout with Weidemann and Shannon Bradley that combines elements of Tai Chi, martial arts and free movement.

Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital, a biomedical research center in Memphis, Tenn., that focuses on finding cures for diseases that affect children and providing medical treatment for youngsters regardless of their ability to pay.

For more information, call 455-0710.

click to enlarge Golf enthusiasts will find several fundraising tournaments scheduled this month to benefit health organizations.
  • Golf enthusiasts will find several fundraising tournaments scheduled this month to benefit health organizations.
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