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Kandace Power Graves

Supportive Trek

A walk through Uptown Sept. 14 will help to raise funds for the NO/AIDS Task Force, a nonprofit group that provides support to people infected with HIV and suffering from AIDS. Registration for the 14th annual event starts at 8 a.m. at Audubon Park and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Adults, children and pets all are welcome to participate.

The event will include activities for kids as well as music and refreshments from local sponsors such as Starbucks, Abita Beer, Rain Vodka, Kentwood Springs Water, Krispy Kreme, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen and the French Market.

Lights of Hope

September is Leukemia Awareness Month and in commemoration, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is hosting a "Light the Night" fundraising walk Sept. 19 at Zephyr Stadium (6000 Airline Hwy.). The local event is part of a national endeavor to raise funds for and awareness of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, which strike more than 670,000 Americans.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the walk starts at 7 p.m. with survivors of the diseases carrying illuminated white balloons and supporters carrying red. The event features music, food and family activites. For more information, call 837-0945.

Expanding the Universe

Speaking of Women's Health (SWH) is holding a "Universal Sisters" day of speakers, educational presentations, health screenings and more focused toward African-American women from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church (2515 Franklin Ave.).

Universal Sisters is a national health initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the need for preventative health care among minority women. The day includes keynotes by Patricia Reid-Merrit and Dr. Marilyn Hughes Gaston, a cooking demonstration by local Chef Carmen Bazile, a panel of local health experts who will answer questions from participants, health screenings and a luncheon. Attendees also will receive a gift bag filled with products from event sponsors such as Lifetime, Wal-Mart, American Greetings, Hanes Her Way, Lean Cuisine and others.

Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 866-SWH-INFO.

Medical Information Highway

Ochsner Clinic Foundation is hosting a free seminar from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 23 to help consumers find accurate medical information on the Internet. The seminar will be held at Brent House, Room 226, on the Ochsner campus (1514 Jefferson Hwy.). Call 842-3760 to register.

A Good Start

The first of a 10-week series of workshops for mothers and guardians of children from birth to 5 years old is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at Incarnate Word Community Center (8326 Apricot St.).

Healthy Beginnings is sponsoring the free workshop, which will deal with issues such as healthy child development, positive discipline strategies, relieving stress and more. Transportation, refreshments and activities for participants' children will be provided.

To register or for more information, call Dr. Shana Bellow at 569-4690, ext.1# or Vincentian Ministries at 866-4978 ext. 21.

Lesser Is More

Lesser Family Medical Clinic last month opened a second location at 3330 St. Claude Ave. (949-1123) in the Bywater to better serve the needs of the New Orleans community. The primary care medical practice also is retaining its original Uptown clinic at 3600 Prytania St. (895-9044).

Clinic founder Dr. Robert Lesser says the new location will promote comprehensive wellness and preventative health measures and is a member of the new CommunityCARE Medicaid health system of primary care physicians. Lesser's clinics focus on comprehensive family health care and also has laboratory testing equipment on site to make it more convenient for patients to receive the services they need.

Dr. Lesser specializes in testing and treatments for diabetes, hypertension and vascular diseases, Hepatitis C, substance abuse and pain management.

Jump for Health

Parents and school administrators now have a new option for teaching healthy, active lifestyles to children from 2 to 5 years old. Cindy Lovecchio has set up a JumpBunch franchise for St. Tammany and Jefferson parishes with a sports and fitness curriculum featuring scores of fun physical activities designed for preschoolers.

Lovecchio says she'll conduct 30-minute weekly classes in preschools in the metro area through contracts either with the schools or parents interested in having their children participate. For more information about the program, contact Lovecchio at (985) 373-6582 or log onto

Vehicles of Health

The American Lung Association of Louisiana is urging people to donate vehicles to the organization to raise funds for its programs and services that include in-school education about asthma, smoking cessation, and patient support. The organization says lung diseases are the third leading cause of deaths in this country.

The donation is tax deductible, and the Lung Association will pick up boats, cars, vans, RVs and other vehicles free of charge anywhere in the state, even if the vehicle must be towed. For more information, call 800-LUNG-USA or visit the Web site

Good Sport Award

Fitness and performance enhancement expert Mackie Shilstone has received the 2003 Dwight David Eisenhower Fitness Award from the United States Sports Academy (USSA) graduate school in Alabama for his achievements in fitness and his contributions to the growth and development of sport fitness through leadership.

Shilstone, a regular columnist in Gambit Weekly's health section, received the award during the USSA's 31st annual graduation ceremonies this summer. For more than a quarter century, he has trained athletes and helped them to achieve better performance, including former world heavyweight champion Michael Spinks, baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith and others.

Continuing His Service

New Orleans businessman and former state Lt. Gov. James E. Fitzmorris Jr. has been elected to a new term as a vice president of the national Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). It will be his 15th term.

Fitzmorris, president and CEO of Fitzmorris & Associates Inc, will act as a volunteer leader who will provide advice, counsel and support to the MDA and its programs. The MDA is focused on treatments and cures for more than three dozen neuromuscular diseases and maintains 230 clinics across the country, including New Orleans clinics at Children's Hospital and Louisiana State University Medical Center.

Investing in Education

LSU Health Sciences Center has received matching funds for three endowed chairs and three endowed professorships worth almost $3.5 million and covering a range of health issues.

The T.G. and Doris Solomon Family Endowed Chair for the Study of Crohn's Disease and Related Disorders will support the research, clinical and educational programs at LSU's Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The Wendell H. Gauthier Chair of Cancer Research will help LSU's Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center attract a top-rate cancer researcher. The Paul J. Ramsay Endowed Chair of Psychiatry will support the psychiatry department's Violence Intervention Program, which focuses on prevention and intervention for children at risk of exposure to violence within their family or community.

The endowed professorships receiving matching funds include the James D. Rives M.D. Professorship of Cancer Surgery, the Henry Jolly M.D. Professorship of Dermatology and the Cancer Crusaders Professorship of Basic Cancer Research.

click to enlarge Participants in a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - "Light the Night" walk Sept. 19 at Zephyr Stadium - will carry illuminated balloons commemorating - survivors of the disease and supporters' fight - against the cancers.
  • Participants in a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society "Light the Night" walk Sept. 19 at Zephyr Stadium will carry illuminated balloons commemorating survivors of the disease and supporters' fight against the cancers.


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