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Shepherd Center to boost bed count

Shepherd Center to boost bed count

ATLANTA -- Shepherd Center plans to add 20 private rooms and four semi-private rooms for spinal cord injury patients in a $5.5 million project slated to start in late November.

The Buckhead spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation center said the project will bring it up to 152 beds.

The project will also provide a dedicated space for a spinal cord injury research lab and offer a brighter, more comfortable environment for patients and their families.

The project is expected to be completed in summer 2012. It was be funded through private donations to Shepherd Center's newest giving campaign, "Keeping Hope Real," which has raised $2.2 million to date.

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

ATLANTA – Sawanda Spinks was eight-months-pregnant when she learned her first child would be born with hydrocephalus.

“I had never heard of it; I didn’t know what it was but when I heard the risks, I started crying; I couldn’t take listening to that”, she said.

Spinks had gone into the emergency room for a pulled muscle but when she left her life was changed, forever.

Hydrocephalus is a condition that affects 1-in-500 infants. The condition, also known as having “water on the brain”, happens when fluid accumulates on the brain and in the skull cavities.

As any first-time parent would Spinks visited countless specialists, searching for good news, before she would give birth to her son a month later; she heard none.

“Doctors didn’t give us much hope but they were doing their job, they’re supposed to tell you the worst case scenario”.   

“We heard it all.

The GPCA Challenges Other Associations to Join the Fight to Cure Blood Cancer

The GPCA Challenges Other Associations to Join the Fight to Cure Blood Cancer

Valera Jessee, Executive Director of the Georgia Pest Control Association (GPCA) challenges other non-profit associations to come together in support of the Light The Night Walk. "The Light The Night Walk brings together members in a friendly competition and supports the communities from which we draw our livelihood", said Jessee.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) relies heavily on funds raised through the GPCA. Since 2004, member companies of the GPCA have raised over $708,000. The goal this year is to raise another $100,000. What is unique about this partnership is that companies competing to eliminate your pest problem are joining forces for the common good.

Local Nonprofit presents "Market Rwanda" at Atlantic Station during Fashion Week Atlanta

Local Nonprofit presents "Market Rwanda"  at Atlantic Station during Fashion Week Atlanta

 One Hundred Dayswill bring Market Rwanda to participate with Atlanta's premier boutiques as they set up shop at Atlantic Station for this year's annual exclusive SHOP ATLANTA pop-up shop event in partnership with Fashion's Night Out  2011 September 8 - 11 at Atlantic Station.

MARKET RWANDA is a beautiful collection of handmade jewelry and home décor from Rwanda courtesy of One Hundred Days, a nonprofit organization whose mission to help build restoration in Rwanda. Over 16 years ago, Rwanda experienced one of the worst genocides in modern history that rocked the nation forever changing its landscape.

FREEZE Cancer

FREEZE Cancer
Support Stick It 2 Cancer

Join the Stick It 2 Cancer team at Menchie’s (multiple locations – see below) as they help freeze cancer once & for all!

Menchie’s all across Atlanta will be donating 20% of all profits to the Stick It 2 Cancer team.  From 5pm to close you can support their fundraising efforts simply by enjoying some Fro Yo!

Can it get any easier?


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City of Atlanta Initiates First Comprehensive Downtown "Street Tree" Inventory

City of Atlanta Initiates First Comprehensive Downtown "Street Tree" Inventory

The City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development and the Office of Parks has conducted the first comprehensive inventory of the city’s publicly-owned downtown trees.  The inventory included an assessment of the trees along streets, boulevards, parks, and public spaces in the downtown area.  The tree inventory will provide information about the species, size, quality, and condition of public trees in downtown Atlanta. 

Information from the inventory will help establish management priorities by:

  • identifying trees that need to be pruned or removed,
  • revealing any systemic problems with pests or disease,
  • identifying the distribution of tree species with size, height, and other characteristics, and
  • providing an up-to-date report on the overall condition of the trees. 

The inventory identified locations with sufficient space for planting trees, aiding in future planting efforts. 

Autism Benefit!

Autism Benefit!

Come out and show your support for the Autism benefit event!