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Piccadilly raises money for Stand Up To Cancer

Piccadilly raises money for Stand Up To Cancer

(WXIA) -- Piccadilly Restaurants has joined MasterCard's Stand Up To Cancer movement by contributing to the Dig In and Do Good campaign.

Dig In and Do Good gives restaurants the opportunity to donate a portion of proceeds to the fight against cancer.

Through Sept. 28, Piccadilly customers who spend at least $10 will have $0.01 of their checks donated to Stand Up To Cancer.

"We are thrilled to be participating in the Dig In and Do Good campaign benefiting Stand Up To Cancer this year," Piccadilly CEO Tom Sandeman said in a statement. "We hope that with Piccadilly's support, we can add to the dollars raised and increase the awareness needed to fund research and save lives."

MasterCard Worldwide hopes to raise $4 million through Dig In and Do Good.

Piccadilly has restaurants in Atlanta, College Park, Conyers, Fayetteville and Tucker.

Back to school fair in Conyers

Back to school fair in Conyers

CONYERS, Ga. -- Clark Angels Credit Foundation will hold a back to school health and science fair in Rockdale County later this month.

The event will be Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rockdale Voter's Registration Building.

Festivities include a school supply giveaway, health screenings, face painting, arts and crafts, financial education and a chance for attendees to give blood. Everything is free.

Visit conyers-rockdale.com for more information.

The Rockdale Voter's Registration Building is located at 1400 Parker Road in Conyers.

Conyers woman featured in Weight Watchers ad

Conyers woman featured in Weight Watchers ad

CONYERS, Ga. -- A metro Atlanta woman was chosen to star in a Weight Watchers commercial alongside company spokeswoman Jennifer Hudson.

Kendra Boone is one of four Weight Watchers success stories shown in the new "You've Got the Power" ad campaign.

Boone, who lives in Conyers, suffered a concussion in January 2011 after falling in her driveway. At a follow-up appointment, her doctor told her she needed to lose weight if she wanted to live to see her son graduate from high school. That's when she decided to join Weight Watchers.

Two years later, Boone weighs 155 pounds, a far cry from her starting weight of 250 pounds. She made Weight Watchers a family affair; her husband joined the program with her, and together they began eating healthier and incorporating exercise into their daily routines. Boone went from a sedentary lifestyle to running in local 5K and 10K races.

Be on the lookout for Kendra Boone in Weight Watchers commercials airing this spring!

Atlanta Track Club holds 5K for women's health

Atlanta Track Club holds 5K for women's health

ATLANTA -- The 2013 Atlanta Women's 5K run/walk will hit Candler Park on Saturday, March 23. 

Atlanta Track Club's Tracy Lott expects around 3,000 women to participate in the race. Runners and walkers can become a team in five divisions including mother/daughter, sister/sister, open women, masters women (age 40 - 49) and grand masters (age 50 and up). 

The race will begin at 8:00 that morning, in front of Veritas Church on S. Ponce de Leon Avenue. Participants will be completing the 5K to celebrate women's health and fitness. A shirt will be given to racers, and finishers will get a flower and Smart Glass necklace. 

At 8:10 a.m., a baby stroller division will also start the race. 

For more information, visit the Atlanta Track Club online. 



The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Conyers couple recovering after kidney transplant

Conyers couple recovering after kidney transplant

ATLANTA -- Lisa and Speed Young of Conyers are recovering from simultaneous surgeries on Friday at Piedmont Hospital.

Speed developed complications after donating his kidney to his wife of 34 years. He was in the hospital's ICU on Monday, but family members said he is improving.

Meanwhile, Lisa is responding well to the new kidney.

"I thought I loved him before, but this has renewed that for me, the lengths that you go to for the person you love," Lisa said before surgery.

"We see the love that they have for each other," said daughter Mandy Young. "Knowing that love is still there is phenomenal."

Lisa was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease decades ago.

But just last year, Lisa's kidney function began dropping to less than 20 percent, making her a candidate for transplant.

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

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"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.