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Our Community – April, May, June

Donate Life Tennessee celebrates National Donate Life Month this April for the tenth year. This month honors the generosity of organ and tissue donors and their families and commemorates all transplant recipients. Celebration activities focus on educating the public on the critical need for organ and tissue donors.  Currently in the US there are more than 117,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, over 2,500 of those live in Tennessee. Every 18 minutes a patient on the waiting list will die, and every 10 minutes a new name will be added. You can make the difference – say YES to organ and tissue donation when receiving or renewing your driver’s license or register on line at DonateLifeTN.org

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a fatal, progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration eventually leads to death as the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. Patients can lose the ability to speak, swallow, walk, use their hands/arms, and even breath on their own.The ALS Association Tennessee Chapter provides help, hope and services to those living with ALS and their families. The ALS Association covers all bases — research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy. Contact ALSA TN Chapter at 615-331-5556 for more information or to learn how to become a Walk to Defeat ALS Sponsor!

June is Men’s Health Month. The Tennessee Cancer Coalition is an important group working towards bettering men’s health. It is a volunteer-based group that facilitates activities involving comprehensive cancer control with a goal of reducing the burden of cancer in our state.  Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in some way. The Coalition works on unmet needs and disparities in knowledge, access, treatment, and survival. The Coalition recently wrote the 2013-2017 State Cancer Plan to address prevention, control and treatment priorities, as well as service gaps. This new plan will be available in May 2013.  For more information or to be part of the coalition, visit: www.tncancercoalition.org or find them on Facebook (Tennessee Cancer Coalition – TC2).

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