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“Pedal 4 Patrick” at Druid Hills High School, November 7th

On Sunday, November 7 th, from 3-5 p.m., members of the Druid Hills Community will come together to participate in a Bike-A-Thon to raise money for an eight year old neighbor who’s been fighting neuroblastoma for three years.

Neuroblastoma is a cancer prevalent in infants and children. The cancer is usually a malignant tumor that develops from nerve tissue, subsequently attacking the sympathetic nervous system.  

The Bike-A-Thon called “Pedal 4 Patrick” will benefit a foundation organized by the eight-year-olds parents called, Press On to Cure Childhood Cancer. This organization works to find new ways to battle this really invasive cancer with less-toxic effects on children.

Thus far, 180 riders are set to ride Druid Hills High School (1798 Haygood Drive Northeast, Atlanta), the high schools cheerleaders will be in attendance, along with a couple of percussionists and athletes.

AIDS Vaccine Conference to Meet in Atlanta, This Week

From Tuesday until Friday, many of the world’s HIV/AIDS scientific leaders and vaccine researchers are in Atlanta, at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, attending AIDS Vaccine 2010, the only global scientific meeting devoted solely to HIV vaccine research. The Emory Center for AIDS Research will serve as the local host for the conference, taking place Sept. 28 – Oct. 1.

Nearly 1,100 researchers, funders, policy makers and advocates from around the world will focus on advances in the search for a safe and effective HIV vaccine. More than 500 scientific presentations will detail progress and challenges in the field.

DeKalb County gets Federal Funding to Curb Obesity

Earlier this week, the DeKalb County Board of Health received $2.35 million to fund a two-year project to create policies, systems, and environments that improve physical activity and nutrition, and reduce the risk factors that contribute to childhood and adult obesity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $31 million for awards through the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to ten communities in eight states and one award to a state health department to support public health efforts to reduce obesity and smoking.

DeKalb was chosen because of its history of success using evidence-based strategies to eliminate obesity and reduce tobacco use in the county.

The DeKalb County Board of Health was the first local board of health in the state of Georgia to help pass a smoke-free ordinance in the county.

Atlanta Mom Inventor Wins $15,000 Grant from Huggies

Atlanta, GA--  Kimberly Clark's Huggies brand has awarded Atlanta resident, Dr. Amy Baxter with 1 of its 12 $15,000 grants aimed to help fund and resource and "innovative, real-world product idea."

Selected from almost 400 applications, Dr. Baxter successfully demonstrated her unique childcare product idea to make life easier for moms and dads.  The Huggies MomInspired Grant Program was created to provide the resources and seed capital for moms to either turn turn their great ideas inspired by personal motherhood experience into successful businesses or help take their existing businesses to the next level.