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Conyers couple shows love with kidney transplant

Conyers couple shows love with kidney transplant

ATLANTA -- Lisa and Speed Young of Conyers vowed to be faithful in sickness and in health when they were married 34 years ago.

"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. 

She 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.

Her husband was one of several family members and friends who wanted to be tested to be her donor.

"I think a peace came about when he started testing," said Alex Crawford, one of the couple's two daughters. "It was almost like we knew that it as going to be that way. When the call came, it was confirmation. It was an overwhelming feeling."

Turns out, Speed was a perfect match and an eager donor.

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

ATLANTA -- The YMCA of Metro Atlanta kicked off a campaign on Tuesday that will connect families in need with scholarships, allowing them to participate in YMCA programs. 

The campaign, Why It Matters takes place once a year. For 2013, board members Charlie Yates, Jr. and Carol Cookerly will co-chair the campaign as it works towards raising $2.7 million. 

"The Y has always had an annual campaign that helped meet the need for financial assistance," Cookerly said. "But, this marks the first year we are pulling together our 23 local Ys and launching a system-wide brand and effort to secure the funds we need to continue to play a pivotal role in Atlanta by helping individuals, especially children, reach their greatest potential."

Chiropractor holding toy drive

Chiropractor holding toy drive

CONYERS, Ga. -- A Rockdale County chiropractor is holding a toy donation drop-off for the holidays.

Conyers residents can bring new toys to Wilder Chiropractic Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New patients who donate will receive a free consultation and exam, while established patients will be treated to a free adjustment with their donations.

Participants will also be entered into a drawing to win a half-hour massage.

Visit wilderchiropractic.com for more information.

Wilder Chiropractic Center is located at 1540 Highway 138, Suite 1B in Conyers.

Eat at Piccadilly, help fight type 1 diabetes

Eat at Piccadilly, help fight type 1 diabetes

ATLANTA -- Piccadilly Restaurants has brought back its annual Paper Sneaker Sales Program to raise money to combat juvenile diabetes.

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10, Piccadilly customers will have the option of purchasing a paper sneaker for $1. Money raised from the sneaker campaign will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

"Supporting our communities' well-being is one of the core principles of Piccadilly Restaurants," Piccadilly CEO Tom Sandeman said in a statement. "This is certainly a cause that is close to our hearts. We are extremely proud to take part in the sneaker program that has helped us raise over $129,000 to aid in the fight against juvenile diabetes."

The sneaker campaign ends on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

The ABCs of SPFs

The ABCs of SPFs

ATLANTA -- Summer is officially here. Are you protecting your skin from the sun? Do you know what SPF (sun protection factor) to use? We spoke with Piedmont dermatologist Jodi Ganz, M.D., to find out what those SPF numbers really mean.

“The SPF number means it would take you that much longer to burn than you normally would without sunscreen,” says Dr. Ganz. “If it takes you 10 minutes to burn, then using an SPF5 means it would take you five times longer, or 50 minutes, to burn. An SPF10 means you could stay in the sun 10 times longer, or 100 minutes.”

But Dr. Ganz cautions that most sunscreens “break down” on average in two hours, meaning they lose their ability to protect you. So, you must reapply sunscreen every two hours.

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

The official start of the hurricane season is Friday. Whether it's severe weather, fire, a lengthy power outage, evacuation, would you know what to do in any type of emergency?

To stay safe in an emergency, it is crucial to have a solid communication plan in place for you and your family. Read more from HealthWatchMD, powered by Piedmont, for our top tips for communicating in an emergency.