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Save the Date: Day of Service 2015

Mark your calendars now. GRU will hold its annual Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 12. This serves as an opportunity for employees and students to give back to the community.

Last year, more than 500 volunteers contributed their time and services to help those in need at locations throughout Richmond, Columbia, and Aiken counties. Every minute donated in service to our community makes a difference that will last a lifetime.

Day of Service was introduced in 2011, when 261 volunteers contributed more than 800 hours with local nonprofit organizations.

It’s on Us — GRU video highlights sexual assault awareness

Sexual Assault Awareness Month winds down after a successful series of events bringing attention to the victims of sexual assault.

photo4Approximately 250 people participated in the 6th Annual Take Back the Day 5K Run/Walk on April 18.

One of the companion events to the 5K was the #ItsOnUs Fun Run, where men were encouraged to show their support for the cause by wearing high-heeled shoes for a short race around the D. Douglas Barnard Jr. Amphitheatre.

Other events included the Take Back the Night Rally, a documentary film screening, and the Clothesline Project T-shirt and Postcard Making Event.

Check out this video supporting It’s On Us.

Put Your Money Where Your Miracles Are

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals ‘Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are’ campaign kicks off this Friday, May 1. The new campaign featuring celebrity spokesperson and mom, Jennifer Lopez, is to help raise awareness of Children’s Hospital of Georgia and the miracles that happen here every day.

As an organization of over 10,000 strong, it is important our employees can communicate what makes Children’s Hospital of Georgia a tremendous asset to our region. So we invite you to Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are.

To show your support, you can join Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ newest spokesperson, Jennifer Lopez, a mom and longtime supporter of children’s hospitals by wearing a miracle band. The band resembles the identification bands worn by kids during their hospital stays and representing the more than 10 million kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year. Get your free Miracle Band at MyMiracleBand.org. Share your support for Children’s Hospital of Georgia on social media by using #MiracleBand. If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Communications and Marketing at marketing@gru.edu.

Read: Students clean historic cemetery

The Augusta Chronicle: Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturday’s cold, misty weather couldn’t deter a group of Georgia Regents University students who’ve pledged to clean up a Harrisburg cemetery they feel has been long forgotten.

(Photos: Mike Adams/Special/The Augusta Chronicle)
(Photos: Mike Adams/Special/The Augusta Chronicle)

Students from the biology club; social work club; departments of sociology, criminal justice and social work; and representatives from GROW Harrisburg cut back the shrubbery. …

Read: GRU students work to clean up historic cemetery

BSN Students Provide Wellness Day for Area Seniors

The annual Senior Health and Fitness Day will be held at the Julian Smith Casino/Lake Olmstead Park on Tuesday, April 14. Start time is 8:45 a.m.

The wellness event is sponsored by Georgia Regents University, GRU College of Nursing, and Augusta Recreation, Parks, and Facilities. Approximately 143 junior BSN students will provide wellness activities and education for approximately 200 area seniors from the five senior centers operated by the Recreation Department.

After the National Anthem, invocation, and a welcome by Tamara McKethan from the GRU College of Nursing, participants will stretch and then move to the competition areas.

Those attending will also enjoy a Tai Chi presentation before lunch.

For more information, email Tamara McKethan at tmcketha@gru.edu.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month events generate support for assault survivors

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Georgia Regents University, in partnership with Paine College and Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services, a local nonprofit that provides services to victims of sexual assault, are planning several events to highlight campus and community awareness.

“We want people to attend all our events, but the big things are always the Take Back the Day 5K  and the Take Back the Night Rally,” said Shannon Nix, a counselor and interpersonal violence outreach coordinator at GRU’s Counseling Center. “The 5K is a fundraiser for Rape Crisis, and all funds raised provide therapy for sexual assault survivors and their loved ones.”

Click here for the Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services website.

Participants in the 5K are encouraged to sign up online at active.com before April 16 to secure a complimentary T-shirt. The fee for runners is $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the race, which is Saturday, April 18. Student walkers are only $5. Faculty and staff walkers are $10.

One of the most entertaining aspects of the 5K is the “It’s on Us” run, which is part of a White House campaign designed to change the culture around campus sexual assault, where men take a quick jaunt around the amphitheater in women’s shoes.

And for those who want to participate in the 5K but might be leery about their conditioning, Nix stressed that this is the easiest 5K in Augusta.

“One of the big things we talk about is that it’s all downhill,” Nix said. “We start at GRU Summerville Campus and end up at University Hospital.”

Shuttles will be on hand to bring everyone back up the hill – except those walking or running with their dogs. They will have to walk back up the hill or find their own transportation back to Summerville, since dogs are not allowed on the shuttles.

Now in its 19th year, the Take Back the Night Rally on Thursday, April 23, celebrates the triumphs of survivors and raises the community’s awareness of sexual victimization of children, women, and men. Starting at 6 p.m., community agencies that work with sexual assault survivors will have informational tables. The speaking portion begins at 7 p.m. Speakers include District Attorney Ashley Wright and Judge Sheryl Jolly, with Dr. Mark Allen Poisel giving the special welcome. Then, after survivors talk about their healing, the evening ends with a candlelight march.

Other events include the Clothesline Project, where supporters and survivors make T-shirts, which will be displayed on the Summerville Campus for the week leading up to the Take Back the Night Rally, and a screening of “It Happened Here,” a film about college campus sexual assault.

For more information, including a list of all the events, visit rapecrisisaugusta.org or Click here for a full schedule of events.

Dunk tank, food truck kick off Donate Life Month on April 1

AUGUSTA, Ga. – A Donate Life Day celebration – including radio partners, food truck, and dunk tank – kicks off National Donate Life Month at GRHealth on April 1.

The GRHealth Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program will partner with patient volunteers for the event, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the flagpole outside Georgia Regents Medical Center on the corner of 15th and Harper streets.

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. will speak, followed by a donor registration drive by the LifeLink Foundation. On site will be WBBQ (104-FM), who will broadcast from the event, and the Fat Man’s Café food truck.

“This event celebrates those that have saved lives through organ donation. We want to honor the gift of organ donation while also raising awareness of the critical need for more donors,” said Dr. Todd Merchen, Surgical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program.

In Augusta, more than 1,120 patients are currently on the waiting list for a new kidney or pancreas.

Nationwide, nearly 124,000 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant. More than 1,000 are under the age of 10.

Celebrated in April each year, National Donate Life Month features a range of local, regional, and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors. At GRHealth, events include Donate Life Night with The Augusta Greenjackets on April 20 and a T-shirt sale.

The purchase of a “Give Life” T-shirt helps fund the development of a commemorative tribute to organ donors and annual ceremony celebrating the gift of life. Purchase a T-shirt or learn more about becoming a living donor.

Motorcyclists deliver big check for CHOG

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The 13th annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride raised nearly $6,200 for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia on Saturday, March 21. About 150 motorcyclists participated in the fundraiser that has brought in about $75,000 since 2003 when organizer Mike Maddox started the event in memory of his granddaughter Kelsi Long. For more information, visit kelfoundation.org or grhealth.org/CHOG.


Sporting chrome, leather, and big hearts, nearly 150 motorcyclists and riders surrounded the circular driveway at Children’s Hospital of Georgia to deliver a big check to support the specialized pediatric care needs at the area’s only children’s hospital.
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Children’s Hospital of Georgia patient Milla Mooney gets some “high-fives” from a couple of riders during the 13th annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride.



Josh Turner concert pulls $45,000 for kids’ camps

AUGUSTA, Ga. – An acoustical performance by country music’s Josh Turner on March 18 brought in nearly $45,000 to help equip the Family Y’s Camp Lakeside to serve Children’s Hospital of Georgia patients. The Family YMCA of Greater Augusta and CHOG are collaborating to ensure that children of all abilities have access to life-changing outdoor recreation and therapeutic programs. The renovated camp on Lake Thurmond in Lincoln County will be transformed from its current rustic condition to better serve children with disabilities and serious or chronic health conditions in a medically safe environment. For more information about Camp Lakeside, visit the familyy.org


GRU launches special Initiative to reduce the burden of preventable cancers in Georgia

The Georgia Regents University Cancer Center today launched an initiative seeking to reduce the burden of cancer among minority and underserved populations in Georgia.

Within the cancer-Community Awareness Access Research and Education initiative, modules will be created to concentrate on one or more cancers that are either preventable or may be detected early enough to improve outcomes. Each module will use trained community health workers to deliver evidence-based, culturally appropriate cancer education.

John Damonti, President of Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

Short-term, c-CARE is designed to increase compliance with prevention and early detection recommendations and ensure access to needed services. The long-term goal is to reduce new cases and deaths from largely preventable cancers.

“Tremendous progress has been made in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment over the past few decades,” said Dr. Samir Khleif, Director of the GRU Cancer Center and leader of the c-CARE initiative. “Unfortunately, the benefits of these advances are not being experienced equally throughout our population. By working collaboratively with churches, clinics, schools, and other trusted institutions to build cancer awareness, improve knowledge and expand access, c-CARE will help eliminate cancer disparities in the communities we serve.”

Thanks to a three-year, $1.74 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the GRU Cancer Center will focus its initial c-CARE implementation on reducing the burden of lung cancer in the Central Savannah River Area.  Lung cancer is particularly lethal, causing more deaths than any other cancer among men and women of all races and ethnicities throughout the nation.  The American Cancer Society estimates that 4,640 Georgians will die of lung cancer in 2015, more than the combined deaths from breast, colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancers.

“We are pleased to partner with the GRU Cancer Center to reduce the burden of lung cancer among high disparity populations in the Central Savannah River Area through c-CARE, an innovative new model to enhance cancer awareness, prevention, care and supportive community services,” said John Damonti, President of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.  “We are excited to learn what c-CARE interventions are most effective so they can be scaled to address lung cancer throughout Georgia and across the country.”

Mayor Hardie Davis

The c-CARE lung cancer module will initially be implemented at 12 sites in the CSRA, including African-American churches, community clinics, and the Salvation Army Kroc Center of Augusta.   Community health workers at those sites will be trained to present current information about lung cancer prevention, guidelines for early detection, and new treatment options. c-CARE participants will be assisted as needed to secure tobacco cessation and lung cancer screening services.  When disease is suspected or diagnosed, participants will be navigated to proper care in the community, including clinical trials.

“The Cancer Center has made c-CARE the cornerstone of our commitment to improve cancer outcomes in Georgia, particularly for low access populations,” Khleif continued.  “Launching the lung cancer module in the CSRA with support from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is a great beginning. We will soon create c-CARE modules focused on breast, cervical, colorectal and other preventable cancers and expand c-CARE to reach more of Georgia’s neediest residents.”