Lawrence chamber announces recipients of Valor Public Safety Awards

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/oct/01/242071/ Seventeen first responders will be honored Oct. 16 for their actions to protect and save the lives of Douglas County residents. The [Lawrence Chamber of Commerce][1] announced Monday the recipients of its second annual Valor Public Safety Awards, which give the community an opportunity to acknowledge and thank first ...

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to have bone marrow registry drive during 'Light The Night Walk'

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2011/sep/26/221603/ The [Leukemia & Lymphoma Society][1] will host a bone marrow registration drive at its annual “Light The Night Walk,” which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday in South Park, 12th and Massachusetts streets. The bone marrow registry drive will be free to participants and will add more donors to the ...

Surgeons at KU Hospital save 2 lives with 1 liver

Alex  Parker

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2011/jul/12/217026/ **By Mara Rose Williams, The Kansas City Star** **KANSAS CITY, Kan.** - Pamela Lawson had been on the list for a liver transplant since July, waiting for doctors at Kansas University Hospital to call. At 1 a.m. Sept. 22, the phone rang. The hospital had a liver, but there ...

U.S. attorney seeks Kansans’ help in curbing prescription drug abuse

Meaganmthomas

BY ROXANA HEGEMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS Wichita — The top federal prosecutor in Kansas urged residents Monday to join the fight against prescription drug abuse, saying more people in the United States now die from drug overdoses than from auto accidents each year. At the news conference held to kick off ...

Longtime Kansas University doctor Patricia Denning remembered for giving spirit

Karrey Britt

Lawrence police identified a 56-year-old Lawrence physician as the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a train Monday morning in east Lawrence. Patricia A. Denning was found near the Santa Fe Railroad station at Seventh and New York streets about 11:10 a.m. Monday. No foul play is suspected in ...

The Civil War and Casualties - A magnificent program tonight (Tuesday) on PBS

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/18/241394/ **PBS Tonight - A Country Totally Unprepared** This program is must watching on PBS tonight. It concerns the Civil War, and that fact that America was not prepared for the numbers of casualties that resulted. http://tv.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/arts/television/death-and-the-civil-war-by-ric-burns-on-pbs.html?hpw Watch it if at all possible.

LMH Thanks the Community!

Belinda Rehmer

LMH would like to thank the community for their response to the blood shortage in our area! Friday's blood drive with Community Blood Center was an amazing success! We had a record collection of 101 units with 18 donors giving through apheresis (double units)! Faith Nilhas, MLS (ASCP), LMH Blood ...

Lawrence community discussion about suicide prevention set for Monday

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/06/240732/ Suicide claims about 1 million lives worldwide each year, resulting in one suicide every 40 seconds. In the United States, one person dies by suicide every 14 minutes. A community discussion about suicide prevention will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, ...

'Everyone' can help prevent suicide by knowing warning signs, how to help

Karrey Britt

**Editor’s Note:** This is the second in a two-part series to raise awareness about suicide as part of Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 9-15. Yesterday: [Suicide bereavement][1]. http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/aug/28/240446/ Every day, someone dies by suicide in Kansas. Every month, one or two people die by suicide in Douglas County. Marcia Epstein, director ...

Lawrence couple hope son is remembered for 19 years of life — not death by suicide

Karrey Britt

**Editor’s Note:** This is the first in a two-part series to raise awareness about suicide as part of Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 9-15. [Tomorrow: Suicide prevention][1]. http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/aug/30/240366/ Ryan Lee Zwiener was creative and a hard worker — and he liked to make others laugh. His parents, Lisa and Raymond, said ...

State promotes seat belt use through 'Bucks for Buckles' campaign

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2010/sep/10/198296/ Buckle up. Seat belts save lives. That’s the message of an annual statewide campaign that started this week, just before thousands of motorists hit the road during Labor Day weekend, and ends Sept. 8. As part of the campaign, volunteers will be handing out dollar bills to drivers who ...

Headquarters Counseling Center seeks nominations for Life Saver Award

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2011/jun/22/216042/ [Headquarters Counseling Center][1] is seeking nominations for its 2012 Life Saver Award, which honors a Douglas County resident who has made a difference in the life or lives of others in crisis. “We know from our callers that one caring and dependable person can make a big difference,” said ...

Douglas County agencies launch new grief support program for children, teens

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/aug/17/239715/ Three Douglas County agencies have teamed up to start a new bereavement support program for children and teens who are grieving the death of a family member or friend from illness, accident or suicide. “If they don’t know someone who can kind of walk along their side, then they ...

Sorrow

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/13/239500/ **Grief is sorrow's child - John Adams** *A Father Was Dying* When my father was dying some years ago, I happened to hear this wonderful piece of music on classical radio in Kansas City (at that time, KXTR). But I couldn't stop to write it down. By the time ...

Lawrence's Headquarters Counseling Center receives $1.4 million grant for statewide suicide prevention

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2009/nov/21/181197/ Lawrence-based [Headquarters Counseling Center][1] recently received a federal three-year, $480,000 annual grant to help reduce suicide attempts and deaths among Kansans age 24 and younger. The grant will be used to expand prevention activities across the state and to set up a resource center and website. “The bottom line ...

Family Promise program helps give homeless teens a sense of normalcy

Alex Garrison

BY MEAGAN THOMAS http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2012/jul/23/238078/ Teens are helping teens this week at Family Promise of Lawrence. Family Promise provides food and shelter for homeless families and helps them get back on their feet. The Lawrence center can handle up to 15 people, or about four families at a time. Different church ...

Offbeat Occupations: Acupuncturist helps heal when traditional medicine stops

Katie Bean

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2012/jul/16/236734/ **BY CHANSI LONG** Some of the worst words you’ll ever hear from a doctor: “There’s nothing we can do.” Sally Deghand heard those words after battling breast cancer for a year and half. She heard them after chemotherapy had flushed out her cancer, but the drugs that had healed ...

American Red Cross in critical need of blood donations

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2010/jun/02/192960/ The [American Red Cross][1] blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. Julie Fischer, Red Cross spokesperson, said the agency only has half of the readily available blood products that it did at this time last year. Every day, the Red Cross must ...

State, university leaders hail KU’s designation as National Cancer Institute

Alex  Parker

**By Andy Hyland** **Kansas City, Kan.** — Coming together in celebration of the Kansas University Cancer Center’s formal designation as a National Cancer Institute Thursday, political and university leaders hailed the event as transformational for the state and region. Cancer patients will have access to treatments and clinical trials only ...

Mind Matters: Interventions recommended to curb addiction

Katie Bean

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/02/237143/ **BY JENA AND ED BLOCH** Recently the American Society of Addiction Medicine changed the definition of “addiction.” Addiction, no longer viewed as a simple disease, is now a “primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” In other words, addiction is now viewed as a brain ...

Eudora girl flourishing despite mowing accident that severed her foot

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/jun/29/237034/ **EUDORA** — Alexis Foster seems like a typical 8-year-old girl, but she’s not. She’s extraordinary. Six years ago, her left foot was severed in a mowing accident but she hasn’t let that deter her from doing whatever she wants to do. She runs, swims, participates in gymnastics and pageants ...

Iraq War veteran trains in Lawrence for Paralympic trials

George Diepenbrock

Kortney Clemons balances himself against the chain link fence that separates the Memorial Stadium track from the bleachers. He slips out of his prosthetic right leg that starts above the knee and puts his thigh into a new one that includes a mechanical knee and an L-shaped sprinting foot, called ...

First-time father shares his experience with postpartum mood disorder

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/jun/12/236215/ If you think postpartum depression just affects mothers, think again. Dads can suffer, too. Carrie Wendel-Hummell, a graduate student in [Kansas University’s Department of Sociology][1], said a 2010 study found that 10 percent of fathers experience depression within one year of having a child, which is twice the normal ...

Lawrence mother says adoption, suicide were among her thoughts while battling postpartum depression

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/jun/05/235899/ Two years ago, Karen Meats thought she would be celebrating the joys of being a grandparent after her daughter Sara Vancil had a baby girl, but it ended up being what she described as a nightmare. “It was probably the most terrifying thing that I have ever witnessed,” she ...

Lawrence nurse starts support group for mothers who suffer from postpartum mood disorders after suffering herself

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/jun/17/236366/ Four years ago, Melissa Hoffman started a support group in Lawrence for women who suffer from postpartum mood disorders. “When I went through it, there was nothing in Lawrence. I was a childbirth educator and a nurse, but I just felt so alone. I felt like nobody else felt ...

Lawrence father recounts wife's eight-year battle with postpartum mood disorders, suicide

Karrey Britt

**Editor’s Note:** *This is the first in a series of stories on postpartum mood disorders. Tomorrow: Residents share their personal experiences.* http://www2.ljworld.com/videos/2012/jun/16/35584/ Aaron Polson kissed his wife good night, and she said, “That’s the last kiss.” He asked why she said that. “Well, we are going to be in prison ...

Harry Belafonte, Song, and the Power to Recover

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/kansasplains1/photos/2012/may/29/235526/ **Whether its race, health or psychological injury** Never underestimate the power of song. Listen to Harry Belafonte, on the BBC in an interview today, regarding songs, healing, and racism: http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9724000/9724309.stm For me, the power of song was when I underwent surgery for a heart attack. In my particular case, ...

Relay For Life participation spurred by breast cancer diagnoses

Caroline Boyer

Ingrid Maehl keeps an old photo of herself and three friends on her nightstand. It is a reminder of how important friendship is, but it is also a reminder of the importance of fighting to find a cure for cancer. “They say it’s one in eight women who will have ...

New report recommends Kansas implement bicycle helmet law to help prevent deaths, injuries

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/may/22/235256/ Kansas has the 27th highest rate of injury-related deaths in the country, according to a new report. The rate, 60.4 per 100,000 people, also is higher than the national average. To help prevent such fatalities, the report suggests the state implement a bicycle helmet law and expanding its motorcycle ...

Healing Trauma’s Invisible Wounds

Lauren W

http://wellcommons.com/users/talktobert/photos/2012/may/21/235209/ It could be a rape or bullying or poverty or neglect or a hurricane or mass tragedy. Whatever the cause, a traumatic event has a devastating impact on physical, emotional and mental well-being. Communities can be traumatized, as well. Today, as part of the annual Mental Health Month activities, ...

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