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My Town Hero: 7-year-old raising funds to help ease friend's pain

My Town Hero: 7-year-old raising funds to help ease friend's pain

Bethany and Anne Marie are two little girls with bubbly personalities and a bond like none other.

Anne Marie is a 9-year-old who suffers from a rare skin disorder called Epidermolysis Bullosa or ED, which causes her skin to blister in response to heat, movement, or friction. Bethany, 7, is trying to raise funds for a saltwater pool in an effort to ease Anne Marie’s pain.

Bethany has been making and selling rainbow loom bracelets to raise the $25,000 needed for the pool to be installed in Anne Marie’s back yard. So far, she has already brought in $14,000 in just nine weeks, with donations coming in from as far away as California.

"I felt a little sad, I was trying to figure out what to do for her,” explained Bethany. "I get happier and happier because we're getting closer to the pool."

UAMS to offer free oral, head and neck cancer screenings May 2

UAMS to offer free oral, head and neck cancer screenings May 2

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 2 on the sixth floor of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

To make an appointment, call (501) 603-1212 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 28-May 1. Walk-ins are welcome but may require a short wait. Parking is available in UAMS Parking 3 at Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue. Parking tickets will be validated.

Screenings will be conducted by the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is giving local heroes from across the country a chance to win a custom Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. One of the local heroes nominated for the competition is from right here in central Arkansas.

Becky Justice, a 38-year-old from Cabot, has been proving people wrong most of her life. Affected with Spina Bifida*, Justice said she fought her school in the early 1990s to make the campus wheelchair accessible rather than giving in and finding a different school. Now, she’s trying to once again to gain her independence through a contest made possible by NMEDA.

 “I was told that I helped to start the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) because of my part in helping to make the school wheelchair accessible,” Justice wrote on her NMEDA entry.

Baptist Health to provide free health screenings at annual health fair

Baptist Health to provide free health screenings at annual health fair

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BH) –  Come join the healthy fun as Baptist Health presents the annual Head North to Health Fair and screening event Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at First Assembly of God in North Little Rock.          

 For more than 20 years, Baptist Health has hosted this event, which attracts hundreds of people from across central Arkansas who take advantage of free health screenings such as body mass index, blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and PSA for men.

 Over the years, the nurses at this event have helped countless Arkansans become aware of dangerous health issues that they otherwise would have never known about. This year there will be a limited number of free flu shots as well.

Blood donation events in Pulaski County for Feb.

Blood donation events in Pulaski County for Feb.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Feb. 3, 2014) — Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.

Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.

Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Laman Library hosting community health fair Saturday

Laman Library hosting community health fair Saturday

The Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, North Little Rock Fit 2 Live Program, and Laman Library will be holding a Community Health Fair this Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the main branch on 2801 Orange Street North Little Rock.

Organizations that will be present:

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – Arkansas Chapter
  • University of Arkansas Medical Science - College of Pharmacy
  • Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center
  • Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield
  • Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care
  • North Little Rock Health Department
  • Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support (AR SAVES)
  • Arkansas Health Connector
  • Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits
  • LA Fitness

Screening of the following:

UAMS begins statewide sickle cell clinical program

UAMS begins statewide sickle cell clinical program

LITTLE ROCK (UAMS) – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has opened a multidisciplinary clinic to serve Arkansas’ adult sickle cell patients as part of a statewide comprehensive program to address the disease.

The multidisciplinary clinic at UAMS’ Outpatient Center is led by Robin Devan, M.D., a palliative care physician in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine. Clinic staff will include an advanced practice nurse, a registered nurse and a social worker. Patients will be seen annually and will receive any primary or specialty care they may need.

The program also includes: