Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Please click on title "Toomers for Tuscaloosa" to go to order.
Thankfully no one was majorly hurt...I think that only one person was injured.
Mr. H - the son of Mrs. L, a friend of mine - was scheduled to have surgery this morning at Children's Hospital in Birmingham. Mrs. L was contacted by the hospital and was told that his surgery was cancelled because the hospital had no beds. So many children have been sent to Children's for injuries and most have been reported to have been head injuries and broken bones. I've only heard of one that was dead on arrival....I haven't heard of anymore than that. Its such a sad thought that the hospital has no beds....that so many children have been effected from these storms on top of the ones that are sick from other illnesses and disabilities. DCH here in Tuscaloosa was said to have treated 600 people....unknown how many were admitted and such ...
I live in a small town west of Tuscaloosa and although we didn't receive the damage that Tuscaloosa did - homes were completely damaged. There are several more that are damaged from trees fallin' on homes, but it appears that these homes are repairable. One family lost everything....I was told that the only thing standing was the a part of the closet wall that the family were in. Can you imagine being 5 and 8 years old and seeing the light fixture above your head being sucked out of its place? Can you imagine coming out of the closet and seeing everything gone - nothing where it was when you went in to safety....
*This is just a glimpse of the damage...we all know that there is more. So many images are on Facebook and the Internet....video footage on YouTube is just scary.
To see the tornado form and destroy and go for 214 miles....unbelievable.
**on another note: Remember the story of Auburn's Toomer's trees?
Well look what Toomer's is doing for Tuscaloosa!
T-shirts are going to be sold and proceeds will be going to RedCross!
If you can - order one! Whether you're a Razorback, a Volunteer, a Bulldog, etc....this is a great fundraiser. This is a great way for 2 rivalry schools come together and help.
Fist pumps to Auburn for all the help that you have shown during this devastating time.
if you're interested in ordering a shirt, please keep checking back for info on how to order one. Last minute details are being worked out (that is if they already haven't) and things will be ready to roll hopefully today.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
**UPDATED 10-01-10 Christen has been found and is now home safe with her family!!**
Anywhoo...just need to share this and get it out there for all that reads my blog.
I want to encourage you all to go here and read on the information of this young girl that has been missing since Sunday. She is the daughter of one of my friend's friend and the family is praying for a safe return. I don't know the details of the case, but just imagining it is terrible. So please take a moment and say a prayer for this family as they face the unknowns.
University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), in conjunction to the UAB Liver Disease Support Group, will be hosting the 3rd Annual UAB 'Liver Walk' this Saturday, October 2nd at the Campus Green on the campus at the University of Alabama in Birmingham from 8am until 11am, to help raise awareness liver disease and funding of the patient education/community outreach initiative.
I'm hoping that you are able to come and help support a cause that is so important to me along with thousands of families here in Alabama. My husband's family is very familiar with this disease ~ his grandfather & aunt both passed away and his mother has been living with the disease for some time now. You may think: Liver Disease = Cirrhosis = Alcohol. That's not the case in all, nor is in our family. It's genetic.
Here are some facts:
*Liver Disease can remain undetected for YEARS without pronounced symptoms! When symptoms to present themselves, they can include jaundice, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea, depression, etc
*The liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself. It filters over a liter of blood each minute, removing toxins from our body such as air pollutants, pesticides, cigarette smoke, environmental chemicals, alcohol, and prescription and non-prescription drugs.
*44, 000 Americans die each year from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis; 300,000+ people are hospitalized each year due to cirrhosis.
*Alcoholic liver disease and chronic hepatitis C are the leading causes of cirrhosis, even though there are genetic diseases that also cause cirrhosis.
*8,000-10,000 people die of hepatitis C each year and the CDC estimate that the number of annual deaths will triple in the next 10-20 years!
*Hepatitis B is responsible for 5,000 deaths annually, including 3,000-4,000 from cirrhosis and approximately 1,000-1,500 from primary liver cancer.
*Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV.
*Approximately 6,320 liver transplants were performed in 2009. Because of shortage of organs, it is estimated that nearly 15% of prospective recipients die each year while waiting for a liver transplant. There are currently over 16, 611 (as of April, 2010) people waiting for a liver. The number of liver transplants performed per year has been increasing steadily for more than 15 years.
In prevention of this disease can be easily done by very simple things such as getting plenty of sleep, reducing stress, eliminating fried and processed foods ~ which can create excessive strain on the liver ~ among other simple lifestyle change. To read more on the disease, go here.
You can see that liver disease is one of our nation's leading health problems. It is also a health issue that receives very little government funding. More than 25 million Americans are affected, regardless of age, race, lifestyle or socio-economic status.
I hope this information has been helpful in some way and has encouraged you to become more educated on the importance of your liver. If you can, please come out and help support the 'Liver Walk' this Saturday, October 2nd.
If you would like more information on the 'Liver Walk' or how to sponsor, just leave me a comment and I'll be glad to help you in any way I can.