Category: awareness month

Melanoma, Take a Hike! Skin Cancer Awareness Excursion with Low Country Dermatology

Melanoma, Take a Hike! Skin Cancer Awareness Excursion with Low Country Dermatology Held at Skidaway Island State Park Benefiting Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month, Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology lead a skin cancer awareness excursion — “Melanoma, Take a Hike!” — at Skidaway Island State Park.

Howington and her staff led a short hike along the park’s scenic trails, sharing facts and prevention techniques for melanoma and taking questions. The hike was originally planned to span 3-miles, but was shortened due to inclement weather issues.

Melanoma Take a Hike Skin Cancer Expedition with Low Country Dermatology

Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology and her staff lead a three-mile hike for skin cancer awareness at Skidaway Island State Park, sharing facts and prevention techniques for melanoma. Pictured: Left to right front row: Sherri Spellman; Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology; Skylar Lanier; Sherry Williams; Cecilia Russo Turner; and Elizabeth Brennan; Low Country Dermatology Physician Assistant. Left to right back row: John Spellman; Elise Spellman; Kelli Hartley, Low Country Dermatology office manager; Roz Hager; Megan Haubein; Heather Haubein; Bobby Haubein and Josh Hodnett.

National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month, designated by the American Academy of Dermatology, is celebrated in May to raise awareness of the risk of skin cancer and increase the chances of early detection.

“For those of us who live along the southern coastline, staying out of the sun is often not practical or desirable,” Howington said. “It’s important for everyone to learn some simple but essential ways to protect their skin from the sun’s dangerous UV rays before they and their family head off to enjoy the great outdoors.”

Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She and her staff gave participants SPF30 sunscreen, which has been shown to prevent the onset of some types of skin cancer.

Proceeds from the event are benefiting the Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute in Savannah. More information for Melanoma, Take a Hike! Skin Cancer Awareness Excursion with Low Country Dermatology can be found at http://lcderm.com/melanoma-take-hike/

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.

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Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
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912-665-0005

LDSS Night of Champions 2017 Recipients

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Honors 2017 Champions at Annual Gala

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) recognized five outstanding individuals and their employers during the organization’s eighth Annual Night of Champions gala, held Thursday, May 11 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Savannah.

The organization’s 2017 Champions are adult workers who demonstrate exemplary dedication and commitment as employees and are recognized as integral team members at their places of work.

The awards went to:

“By living to their fullest potentials, the LDSS Champions are advocates for themselves and others with Down syndrome or other cognitive or developmental challenges, proving themselves truly able,” said the 2017 Night of Champions chairwoman, Allyson Harvin. “Each year, we recognize those Champions who, through their paid or unpaid work, bring about a greater public awareness and understanding of people with Down syndrome and all differently-abled adults.”

The President of LDSS, Candy Bogardus presented the President’s Award to Bonnie Rachael, founder and CEO of Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center. Located in Guyton, Georgia, Faith Equestrian began back in 2006 with the mission of, “We exist to improve the lives of individuals with different abilities through the power of the horse.” The center now has 12 horses, a donkey, and offers two primary programs, the Therapeutic Riding program and the EFL Program. For more information on the Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, visit http://faithetc.org.

Over 600 Savannah area business leaders, employees and advocates attended the event. The National Down Syndrome Society’s Chief of Staff delivered welcoming remarks and Savannah’s own Jamie Deen, TV personality and best-selling cookbook author, served as master of ceremonies. Deen, who sits on the LDSS Board, is a strong advocate for hiring individuals with Down syndrome and other different abilities.

2017 Night of Champions Attendees

2017 Night of Champions Attendees

2017 CHAMPIONS

NICHOLAS BROWN came to the Savannah International Airport in 2014 and worked in the airport terminal before he was offered a job as a groundskeeper. His supervisor, George Miller, says Brown demonstrates commitment, dedication, personal care and pride in his work. He also has been recognized by WTOC as a Community Champion.

MACKENZIE HANCOCK has worked for Polka Dots Gifts & Accessories for the past year. Hancock has several tasks that she does regularly but is always willing to try something new. Her manager, Jackie Pickering, says Hancock comes to work happily, has an enthusiastic personality and does whatever she is asked to do. Her coworkers say she is incredibly funny, caring, kind and loving and is personable with staff and customers.

GEORGE GATES has worked as a custodian with Goodwill Southeast Georgia for 15 years. He greets his co-workers with a smile, a sincere “hello” and his signature hug. His supervisor, Runella Black, says Gates comes to work early and never hesitates to work late if the facility is short-staffed. He impresses others with his work ethic, compassion, friendly personality and ability to work well under pressure. He demonstrates superlative customer service and enjoys speaking (and taking pictures) with the various dignitaries who tour the building. He also loves sharing his success story of how Goodwill has impacted his life.

DENNIS PICKETT has been employed as a warehouse team member with Fulfillment.com for eight months. His employment specialist, Alina Rickards, says Dennis volunteered in the cafeteria while he still was in school and expressed a desire to become part of the Fulfillment.com workforce. After completing a job assessment, Pickett joined the Fulfillment.com warehouse team.

BRENTON SCOTT has been on the team at Coastal Pet Rescue for a year. His supervisor, Jennifer Taylor, and the facility’s director, Lisa Scarborough say Scott’s family had spent several years trying to find a place where the young man could work on developing his independence. He first was teamed with a senior volunteer to work one day a week in the kennels to provide proper diets, perform all sanitary cleaning and make sure the dogs got daily exercise. After about four months, he started joining coworkers on weekends to attend adoption events to promote the dogs he cared for and to help them find new homes.

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Night of Champions 2017

Jamie Deen, Jennifer Taylor, and Brenton Scott

MORE ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/. Find LDSS on Twitter at @LowcountryDSS.

CONTACT
Candy Bogardus
cbogardus@ldssga.org
912-663-8573

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
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Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
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4th Annual Movement in the Park on Sunday, May 21

Dawn Baker and Fleet Feet Sports Savannah
Present Movement in the Park
Zumba, Walk, Run, Dance! It doesn’t matter how you move … just move!

Join the fourth annual “Movement in the Park,” a health and wellness fair for all ages on Sunday, May 21, 2 – 5 p.m. in Forsyth Park.

Participants may take part in the “Dawning of a Miracle Mile” (a one mile walk/run), Zumba, line dancing, activities for kids, health screenings, vendors, refreshments, fun and more.

movement in the park sponsor, Dawn Baker

Dawn Baker
Author and News Anchor

Sponsored by news anchor and author Dawn Baker and Fleet Feet Sports Savannah, the health and wellness fair benefits Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy, which provides life-changing programs, activities and experiences for young women to help them become more successful in their personal and professional lives. The leadership academy is open to high school sophomores and juniors in Chatham, Bryan and Liberty Counties. A suggested donation for “Movement in the Park Health and Wellness Fair” is $10 for adults and $1 for students. For questions or additional information, please call (912) 232-6048 or (912) 721-7388. You may also email us at: contactus@dawnbakeronline.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Contact: Lula L. Baker, Public Relations Manager
Phone: 912-232-6048 or (912) 721-7388
Email: contactus@dawnbakeronline.com

2016 Big Wigs Cecilia Russo and Brynn Grant Announce “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Fundraising Weekend

2016 Big Wigs Cecilia Russo and Brynn Grant Announce “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Fundraising Weekend
Savannah Business Women Pledged to Raise Thousands for Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia Foundation

(Savannah, GA) Cecilia Russo, president of Cecilia Russo Marketing, and Brynn Grant, vice president of World Trade Center Savannah and Chief Operations Officer of SEDA, will host a “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Weekend to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia Foundation.

The festivities kick off Friday, October 14 at the Benedictine Military School Homecoming game beginning at 7:30 p.m. BC will play the Toombs County football team at the T.A. Wright Stadium at Savannah State University.

On Saturday, October 15, Russo and Grant will host an event at Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr., beginning at 3:30 p.m. for the University of Georgia vs. Vanderbilt game.

On Sunday, October 16, our pink-wigged ladies will be at Coaches Corner, 2016 E Victory Drive, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the NFL games.

Each of these events is free and open to the public; suggested donations are at your discretion. Participants will have the opportunity to enter for raffle prizes at each of the events. Prizes include a flat screen TV donated by Port City Powerwash, an NFL Jersey from Coaches Corner, as well as gift cards to Baracuda Bob’s, Pirate’s House, the Exchange and Pearl’s Salt Water Grille donated by Turner Food and Spirits Company. All prizes will be awarded at Coach’s Corner on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Russo and Grant are participants of the 2016 BIGWIG competition hosted by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They along with 8 other community leaders have pledged to raise donations to help fund research and programs to find a cure for breast cancer.

“I am honored to participate in the 2016 BIGWIG competition in an effort to help put an end to this terrible disease,” said Russo. “I am beyond thankful to those who have supported this endeavor thus far and hope this weekend will aid in surpassing my personal fundraising goal.”

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/KomenCoastalGeorgia/?fref=ts.

View Russo’s BigWig page at http://coastalgeorgia.info-komen.org/site/TR/BIgWig/SAV_CoastalGeorgiaAffiliate?px=4890113&pg=personal&fr_id=6683.

View Grant’s BigWig page at http://coastalgeorgia.info-komen.org/site/TR/BIgWig/SAV_CoastalGeorgiaAffiliate?px=22577054&pg=personal&fr_id=6683.

About Susan G. Komen
The Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. Up to 75 percent of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining net income (a minimum of 25 percent) supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.

The Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate’s services area covers all of Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties.  Thanks to the thousands of people who participant in the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Race for the Cure® and other Affiliate events each year, dedicated corporate partners and generous donors, Komen Coastal Georgia is playing a vital role in fighting breast cancer in our community.

Contact:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Savannah Surgery Center Offers Free P.A.D. Screenings for Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month

Savannah Surgery Center Offers Free P.A.D. Screenings for Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of September being Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) awareness month, Savannah Surgery Center will once again be offering free screening days for those who may be at-risk of the disease. The screenings will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m on Friday, Sept. 16 and Friday, Sept. 30 at the Savannah Surgery Center, located at 5105 Paulsen St. Suite C-140. This is the third year Savannah Surgery Center has held this screening event for the public.

P.A.D affects about eight million Americans according to Life Line Screenings. Caused by a build-up of plaque or fatty deposits, P.A.D. is the narrowing of the arteries, which restricts blood flow. It is estimated that 1 in 3 diabetics over the age of 50 are suffering from this condition. An unfortunate consequence may be wound development requiring amputation.

This disease usually affects the arteries in the legs, but it also can affect the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys, and stomach. The symptoms of P.A.D. include leg pain, burning or aching in the calves or a wound in the foot or leg that won’t heal.

“Please keep in mind the severity of P.A.D. and the risk for an amputation. Blocked blood flow can cause gangrene, also known as tissue death, and in very serious cases, this can lead to leg amputation,” said Dr. Lee Yates, founder of Savannah Surgery Center. “The P.A.D. screening is a quick, non-invasive procedure called the ankle-brachial index (ABI) test, which measures blood pressure at the ankle and in the arm while a person is at rest. This simple screening can save you from having to lose a limb.”

P.A.D. is diagnosed based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam and diagnostic test results. A correct diagnosis is important because people who have P.A.D. are at higher risk for coronary heart disease (CHD), heart attacks, strokes and mini-strokes.

People who smoke or have diabetes have the greatest risk of developing P.A.D. due to reduced blood flow. Other risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, increasing age, high levels of homocysteine, and a family history of peripheral artery disease, heart disease or stroke.

The free P.A.D. screenings will take place at the Savannah Surgery Center, located at 5105 Paulsen St. Suite C-140, on Friday, Sept. 16 and Friday, Sept. 30 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested but not required.

Researchers continue to explore new therapies for P.A.D. Although peripheral artery disease is potentially a life-threatening condition affecting one out of every 20 Americans over the age of 50, the good news is P.A.D. can be managed or even reversed with proper care.

To find out more information on the screenings, contact Lynn Anderson at 912.354.8331 or lynn@savannahsurgerycenter.com.

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MORE INFORMATION ON SAVANNAH SURGERY CENTER
Savannah Surgery Center was founded by Dr. Lee Yates. The practice specializes in Vascular Surgery. He was named the Director of Vascular Surgery at St. Joseph’s Candler Health System in 2013. The practice has expanded to three locations: 5102 Paulsen Street Bldg 2, Savannah, GA; 5105 Paulsen Street Suite C 140, Savannah, GA.; and 105 Grand Central Blvd. Suite 106 Pooler, GA 31322. For more information, visit http://www.savsurgerycenter.com/.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
info@crussomarketing.com
912.665.0005
http://crussomarketing.com/

Forsyth Fountain Turns Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Monday

Three Oaks Realty and Bellamy Murphy Art Sponsor SAFE Shelter Awareness Event

WHO: SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services

WHAT: Dyes Forsyth Fountain Purple

WHEN: Monday, October 26 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Forsyth Fountain

WHY: Three Oaks Realty and Bellamy Murphy Art volunteered to sponsor the 2015 dying of Forsyth fountain in an effort to increase the awareness of domestic violence and its impact on our community.

NOTES: SAFE Shelter will also be displaying the Silent Witness Exhibit at the event. The Exhibit consists of 12 life-sized, red silhouettes, with 11 representing an actual person murdered in an act of domestic violence in Chatham County since 2011, plus one additional figure to represent those uncounted women whose murders went unsolved or were erroneously ruled accidental. Each silhouette also bears a “Plaque for Hearts” chest plate with the story of the person represented.

After the dying of the fountain, the Silent Witness Exhibit will be moved to the Tybee Island City Hall building for the final week of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Every October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is observed in events across the country and right here in Savannah to bring to light an issue that effects our community in a staggering way.

Some quick facts:
• Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police (SCMPD) responded to 3,696 domestic disturbance calls in 2014. In the United States, more than 10 million women and men are physically abused each year.
• In 2014, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services received 1,037 crisis calls.
• In 2014, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence provided services to 695 victims, including 383 children.
• SAFE Shelter is certified by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and offers assistance with Temporary Protective Orders (TPO) and Stalking Orders. In 2014, SAFE Shelter helped secure 58 TPOs; providing protective services to 162 victims, including 74 children.

MORE INFORMATION ON SAFE SHELTER
Founded in 1979, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization committed to preventing domestic violence, protecting victims and promoting positive change for families in need in our community. SAFE Shelter operates a 48-bed emergency shelter for victims of intimate partner violence and their children. All services are provided at no cost to the victim regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, immigration status, culture or religion. Leading to safe and stable lives, services include courtroom advocacy, counseling services and case management. In the shelter’s long history, no one who has been actively involved with our services or programs has been killed by his/her abuser. For more information on SAFE Shelter, visit safeshelter.org or call 912.629.0026. To reach the 24-hour crisis line, call 912.629.8888.

CONTACT
Cheryl Branch
Executive Director
SAFE Shelter
912-629-0026
director@safeshelter.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
CEO and President
Carriage Trade PR
912-844-9990

Safe Shelter in Savannah: 10 Truths You May Not Know About Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence in Savannah: 10 Truths You May Not Know About Domestic Violence

10 Truths You May Not Know About Domestic Violence
By Cheryl Branch

Every October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is observed in events across the country and right here in Savannah to bring to light an issue that effects our community in a staggering way. DVAM is an opportunity for SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services of Savannah (SAFE Shelter) to connect with our community through meaningful outreach and awareness raising events.

Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It occurs in every culture and country, affecting individuals from all educational, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds. Victims include the young and the old. While these facts are commonly understood and accepted, the public remains unaware that local help is available at SAFE Shelter and the majority of domestic violence cases are never reported to the police.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) defines domestic violence as a pattern of behaviors where one person in the relationship uses physical, emotional and other means to maintain control of the victim. Intervention is critical in breaking the cycle of violence.

SAFE Shelter and its Outreach Program provides legal advocacy, Temporary Protective Orders, and support for those victims who don’t require shelter. No fees are charged for any services. Victims often feel no one will believe them; however, SAFE Shelter networks reach out to the District Attorney’s Office, Victim Witness Assistance, and police.

As a community, we are responsible for being that collective voice for those who have no voice.

In an effort to shed light on a this topic, here are ten key facts about domestic violence and SAFE Shelter’s services to those victims in our community that may be helpful to you or someone you know:

1. Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police (SCMPD) responded to 3,696 domestic disturbance calls in 2014. In the United States, more than 10 million women and men are physically abused each year.

2. In 2014, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services received 1,037 crisis calls. Statistically, one in three women and one in four men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

3. The economic impact is astounding – victims of domestic violence lose approximately eight million days of paid work each year and many victims lose their jobs due to the stress and illness from this epidemic. SAFE Shelter provides counseling, referrals children’s, advocacy programs and weekly support groups to assist victims of domestic violence and their children.

4. In 2014, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence provided services to 695 victims, including 383 children. Statistics show that many children exposed to domestic violence will grow up to be abusers themselves and will continue the cycle. SAFE Shelter hopes to break this cycle by offering education and counseling aid to clients.

5. SAFE Shelter is certified by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and offers assistance with Temporary Protective Orders (TPO) and Stalking Orders. In 2014, SAFE Shelter helped secure 58 TPOs; providing protective services to 162 victims, including 74 children.

6. Half of all abusive relationships start between the ages of 13-24. SAFE Shelter offers anger management programs for elementary school children and dating violence programs for middle and high school students.

7. SAFE Shelter also offers prevention training programs, including “When domestic violence comes to work,” and “Identifying domestic violence victims in a medical setting.”

8. SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, and offers an off-site Outreach Program to assist victims who do not require shelter.

9. SAFE Shelter’s 48-bed shelter is the largest domestic violence shelter outside the greater Atlanta area.

10. No fees are ever charged for any of SAFE Shelter’s services. The crisis line, (912) 629-8888, is answered 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please know there is help. Recognizing that abuse is present is the first step for any victim and then telling someone he or she trusts. Once the abused has decided enough is enough, finding a safe, secure location is the next crucial step.

If you have real concern about someone close to you, approach the individual in a private setting and refrain from being judgmental. Your care and support may be the key to saving someone’s life or helping the person escape from an abusive relationship.

Domestic violence shelters are available, providing a safe haven for the victim. SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services of Savannah has been helping individuals protect themselves and make a positive change for 35 years. The 24-hour crisis line, 912.629.8888, is always available for those in need, 365 days a year. During its 35 year history, approximately 21,000 victims and their children have come through its doors, and no one actively involved in any of its programs has been killed by their abusive partner.

The location of the shelter remains confidential and basic living necessities are provided. In addition, services such as support groups, courtroom advocacy and protective orders are provided at no cost to a victim of domestic violence.

Keep in mind, domestic violence does not always look the same. Awareness and education are important keys to stopping the cycle.

In the time it took you to read this article, approximately twelve women were beaten in the U.S. Yes, this statistic is shocking. And yes, the effects of domestic violence are far-reaching in our communities. The problem is not going away easily and change happens slowly, one step at a time. For more information on this topic, visit safeshelter.org

Cheryl Branch, Safe Shelter executive director

Cheryl Branch is the Executive Director at SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services . Previously, Cheryl has worked at the Amity House, a domestic violence shelter in Brunswick. She has also served as the Women’s Health Educator for the Glynn County Health Department and a social worker at the Memorial Medical Center. She has helped victims of domestic violence at SAFE Shelter for almost 20 years.