Time to Thank the Hooch

The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) released a report documenting its ten most significant accomplishments of the past 25 years. The report demonstrates the organization’s positive impact on the health of the river, which provides drinking water for more than five million people, and on the habitat for countless fish and wildlife. “Over the organization’s 25-year existence, thousands of donors invested a total of $28 million in CRK’s mission to restore the river system,” says Juliet Cohen, executive director. “With this support, and the leadership of the Board of Directors and staff, along with the help of thousands of members and volunteers, CRK has led a transformation of the Chattahoochee River.” The report reveals that CRK’s work resulted in at least $2.2 billion invested to improve the Chattahoochee River. These expenditures came from government agencies, developers and regulated industries, either to compensate for failures to adhere to environmental laws and regulations or as efforts to remediate and protect our waterways. Every $1 donated to CRK yielded at least $80 in benefits to the Chattahoochee River watershed and its people. Chattahoochee.org

Cancer Strides at Northside

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute (NHCI) Immunotherapy Program now offers access to another chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy for treatment of adult acute lymphoid leukemia and certain types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Kymriah® CAR T-cell therapy is made from a patient’s own white blood cells, the prescription cancer treatment is used in patients up to 25 years old who have acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that is either relapsing (went into remission, then came back) or is refractory (did not go into remission after receiving other leukemia treatments). It is also used in patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma that has relapsed or is refractory after having at least two other kinds of treatment. Immunotherapy works by taking immune cells, genetically modifying them to be better tumor-fighting immune cells, multiplying them to great numbers (tens of thousands), and then infusing them into the patient where they can find and attack cancer.

Georgia wants YOU to be a Dementia Friend

An estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with dementia, and it’s likely you will encounter someone at the park, the bank, the grocery, or your gym.   Georgia held the Inaugural Dementia Friends Champion training at the Emory Center for Brain Health and wants to share how you can support your family, friends and neighbors.   Robin Andrews Smith will host the first workshop at Orchard at Brookhaven May 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. 1634 Afton Lane Brookhaven  DementiaFriendsUSA.org