Kidney disease kills more people each year than breast and prostate cancer combined. But while the majority of Americans can recite the common tests for breast and prostate cancer, not many know the risk factors and tests that could keep them off of dialysis and the transplant list.
March is National Kidney Month, and March 13th is World Kidney Day and the National Kidney Foundation is urging Americans to learn the key risk factors for kidney disease. For more information, please visit WWW.kidney.org
Come be a part of the 5th Annual Breast Cancer 1-Day Walk, Saturday, March 29th at Drake Field near Lake Peachtree in Peachtree City. Each walker will "become a star" as they walk the "Pink Carpet" into our own special Hollywood. Check in is at 830am with opening ceremonies beginning at 9am. There will be entertainment, giveaways, an award ceremony, Hollywood impersonators, and a ton of Movie-inspired fun for all! Registration includes a free walk t-shirt and lunch, and proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Survivors' Network. For details and more information, visit www.bc1daywalk.org.
Take the Next Step at the 30TH annual Hunger Walk/Run! Join thousands in the fight against hunger on Sunday, March 9TH at Turner Field's Green Lot. The 5K walk/run benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other local nonprofits with hunger relief programs. Gates open at Noon; both the walk and run start at 2pm. Register as a team or individual online at www.HWR2014.ORG, through Friday March 7th or at the registration tent the day of the event. Runner registration is $35, walker registration is $25 and both include a special T-shirt available while supplies last. So come on out and help us wipe out hunger!
Buddy Check is our initiative here at the station to promote breast health. On the 11th of every month we remind our viewers to do their monthly breast self exams, to have an annual mammogram and to call their "Buddy" to remind them to do their self-exam too! Regular breast self-exams are such an important step for the early detection of breast cancer. One in eighteen women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Early detection is critical! So here is your reminder-do your self exam and call a buddy-a friend, relative or co-worker today to remind them too.
The Tour of Kitchens is taking place from 10am to 5p on March 29th, and from 11am to 5pm on March 30th. This highly-anticipated, two day tour showcases 14 of Atlanta's most stunning kitchens, created by the city's most highly sought after designers. Attendees will watch many elite Atlanta Chefs, including Chef Ed Harris, Season 4 winner of the Food Network's Chopped, perform culinary demonstrations in various homes on the Tour. And days before the Tour, 600 patrons will raise their glasses and open their wallets at the JLA Toast of the Tour kick-off party. It's an evening to celebrate design inspiration, culinary fun and community service complete with a spectacular silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Atlanta and helps to fund their many community projects. For more information, visit www.tourofkitchens.org.
It's been voted the Best Charity running event of the year, and now, you have just two weeks left to register! The Junior League of Atlanta's Shamrock N'Roll Road Race hits the streets of Atlantic Station Sunday March 9th starting at 8am...and they want YOU to be there! The race is kid friendly, stroller friendly and dog friendly. Plus, it's a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier IF you sign up in advance. So do it now! Go to www.shamrocknroll.org to register today.
On Saturday, March 15th, Doctors and Lawyers will shoot hoops for a great cause at the third annual Jawbones vs. Sawbones Basketball Game benefitting the Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse. The game is from 7 to 9pm at Decatur High School's Gym. In addition to watching a great game, attendees will enjoy an awesome silent auction, photo ops with Falcons' Cheerleaders and NBA legends, tasty concessions and live music. Side by Side is the only nonprofit organization in Georgia dedicated to helping people relive their lives after brain injury. Last year's Jawbones vs. Sawbones raised over $50,000 which provided several scholarships for families in need. Join the cause! For tickets and information, visit www.sidebysideclubhouse.org.
For 18 years, MUST Ministries has been providing meals for hungry children through their Summer Lunch program in the Metro-Atlanta area. This year, the goal is an amazing 250,000 sack lunches made and delivered in eight counties, but they need your help. Help your community by making sack lunches or volunteering to pack and check them at one of 21 host sites. You can also volunteer to be a driver to deliver the meals to children in various housing areas. It's a great project for your family, company, church, club, sports team or neighborhood! Just go to www.mustministries.org for details and to sign up to help.
Georgia Teaching Fellows is a highly selective program that trains individuals to become high impact teachers in schools serving high-need students in Georgia. Fellows may be experienced professionals who are looking to make a career change or recent college graduates ready to go to work for Georgia's children. Previous coursework in education is not required. The program currently operates in the metro Atlanta, Columbus and Augusta areas. To learn more about the program visit www.georgiateachingfellows.org.
Join Make-A-Wish Georgia on Saturday, April 20th for the 9th annual Walk for Wishes at Turner Field. Walk for Wishes raises funds to grant wishes to Georgia children with life-threatening conditions. Over 2500 participants will enjoy festivities, refreshments and entertainment! The fun begins at 8am and the Walk begins at 9am at Turner Field. It is FREE to participate, although everyone is encouraged to help raise funds by forming Walk Teams. This year's fundraising goal is $325,000 to fund 40 wishes! For more information or to register, visit www.WalkForWishes.org/Atlanta.
The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is the largest grassroots fundraising event in the world, with more than 5000 communities participating in relays nationwide and in several foreign countries. Right here in metro Atlanta, there are more than 20 Relay For Life events this spring. Relay for Life unites every part of a community for the common cause of fighting cancer. Relays are overnight events that take place at schools or other outdoor venues, with teams walking around a track all night to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. To learn more about Relay for Life, go to www.relayforlife.org
It's Girl Scout Cookie Season! The Girl Scout Cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the world and helps girls develop 5 important skills that empower them to become successful business leaders. This Friday kicks off national Girl Scout Cookie Weekend and a mobile cookie truck will be traveling around the city to provide samples of Samoas, Thin Mints and the rest of your favorite Girl Scout cookies. To purchase cookies, visit showmethecookies.com to find the closest Girl Scout representative and cookie booth to you!
Our mugs today are from Ten Thousand Villages in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood. Ten Thousand Villages Atlanta is celebrating 20 years of selling Fair Trade Handcrafted art from more than 30 developing nations. Stop by the store on September 14th and get 20% off everything in the store. Or if you come by any day in September...mention 11Alive and you'll get 10% off your purchase. For more information on Ten Thousand Villages, visit http://atlanta.tenthousandvillages.com
Donate Life Georgia's mission is to inspire all Georgians to save lives through organ, tissue and eye donation. One organ donor can save the lives of 8 people, and impact nearly 50 more through tissue donation. Nationally, 18 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant and another name is added to the waiting list every 11 minutes. April is Donate Life Month. Please sign up on Georgia's donor registry online by visiting www.donatelifegeorgia.org or when getting or renewing your driver's license. Please be a hero and say "yes" to organ and tissue donation.
Join us as celebrities and community members compete against KIPP students in the ultimate battle of wits! On Thursday, April 4th from 6 to 8pm come on down to the Buckhead Theatre and help support KIPP Metro Atlanta schools which are free, public charter schools. Admission to KIPP Metro Atlanta schools is granted to students regardless of prior academic record, conduct or socioeconomic background. Are You Smarter Than a Kippster? Find out! Visit www.kippmetroatlanta.org for more information.
"Be a Cool Cat...READ" with a limited edition library card available for a $20 donation to the DeKalb Library Foundation. Donations can be made online at dekalblibrary.org/foundation, or at any DeKalb County Public Library branch. This card has all the rights and responsibilities of a regular library card. Non-DeKalb County residents can also have a Pete the Cat card for a non-resident fee. Additional Pete the Cat merchandise is available at cafepress.com/dekalblibraryfoundationshop.
Real Life Center is a non-profit organization designed to provide help for people in hardship by giving them a means to cope with the financial, emotional and spiritual obstacles in life. The Real Life Center helps over 5000 families a year through a unique program focused toward stabilizing families and keeping them in their homes. Real Life Center runs two thrift stores to provide additional revenue; one in Tyrone Georgia and a brand new "high-end items with Bargain prices" store in Fayetteville. For more information on Real Life Center, visit www.reallifecenter.org.
Hillside is one of Atlanta's oldest nonprofits, serving the community since 1888. It's seen many changes over the years, but today they are an organization with multiple programs including psychiatric residential treatment, community programs and therapeutic foster care, all for youth 7 years old to 21. Hillside's mission is simple: to give Georgia's most vulnerable children, children who have experienced traumatic life events, a chance to live a healthy life as members of society. In the spring of 2013, Hillside will have our 125th anniversary and will commemorate it with a gala. To learn more about Hillside or to donate, visit www.hside.org.
Going West means exploring University of West Georgia's 106 programs of study so that you can find the best fit for your skills and ambitions. More than 150 clubs and organizations allow students to pursue their current interests, discover new ones and stay active in the campus community. The Carrollton campus, just 50 miles west of Atlanta, offers the best of both worlds: students have access to the cultural and career opportunities of the big city, while enjoying UWG's outstanding athletic and entertainment venues, state of the art recreational areas and impressive academic facilities, situated on a 645 acre park-like campus featuring trees, open fields and walking trails. Come check out the University of W
Southern Crescent Breast Specialists offer two support groups which meet at Spivey Station in Jonesboro, Georgia. Survivors are invited to visit either one of the groups for support, information and to find someone who may have had the same diagnosis as yourself. The Sisters of Hope Support Group is for Young Survivors under 40 years of age; and the Harbor of Hope is for survivors of all ages. The mission of both these groups is to overcome breast cancer and move forward as survivors. Please visit www.scbspc.com for more information.