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Events – Oct 2017

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Colors of Courage Raises Record Amount for Hope Scarves and Cancer Research

LOUISVILLE A record amount, over $151,000, was raised for cancer research on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Bowman Field by over 525 attendees and sponsors of Colors of Courage, the annual fundraiser presented by Hope Scarves, the nonprofit organization founded in 2012 by Louisville resident Lara MacGregor, herself a stage IV breast cancer survivor. Hope Scarves’ mission is to share scarves, stories, and hope among people facing cancer. In its five-year history over 7,000 scarves have been sent to people from ages four to 92 who have cancer in every state in the US and 16 countries. In 2016 Hope Scarves donated $150,000 for cancer research to the U of L James Graham Brown Cancer Center, the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute.


LEXINGTON On a picture-perfect day on August 23, 2017, 84 golfers participated in the 28th annual golf tournament to benefit the Lexington Medical Society Foundation (LMSF) at Houston Oaks Country Club in Paris, Ky.

The golf outing is the major fundraiser for the LMSF, having raised over $300,000 since its inception in 1989, stated John Collins, MD, tournament chair. “With the money, the Foundation is able to support organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, Surgery on Sunday, Baby Health Service, Bluegrass Council of the Blind, and many others,” said Collins.

The LMSF also supports medical education and the preservation of Kentucky’s medical history. The Lexington Medical Society is the oldest medical society west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Shriners Hospital for Children Medical Center – Lexington has a “Magic Garden Party”

LEXINGTON Two hundred business and civic leaders in Lexington gathered with physicians on Friday, September 20, 2017 at The Apiary for “An Evening in a Magic Garden” to raise funds for an outdoor garden and play area at the new Shriners Hospital for Children Medical Center – Lexington, newly opened on the UK campus.

After 60+ years of being located on its pastoral setting on Richmond Road in Lexington, the new medical center is now in an urban environment and lacks an outside play area for the pediatric patients and their families. The Shriners Corporate Council, a collection of Lexington business leaders, took on the task of raising funds for the garden and play area with its own party in The Apiary, an urban garden.

Over $77,000 was raised. Tony Lewgood, CEO of the medical center, called it “A tremendous success. The funds raised give us a great start in planning and building the new children’s garden & playground.”

The new Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center is located at 110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, across from the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and is connected via a pedestrian bridge to the UK HealthCare campus. Shriners Hospital for Children Medical Center — Lexington serves a five-state area including Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Commonwealth Pain & Spine Celebrates Seventh Location

LEXINGTON Friends, staff, providers, and associates gathered for a welcoming party at the new location of Commonwealth Pain & Spine at 101 Prosperous Place in Lexington on August 31, 2017. The new office is the seventh location for the comprehensive pain management practice, founded in 2013 by Kyle Young, MD, and Jason Lewis, MD, in Louisville.

David Bosomworth, MD, and Brandon Gish, MD, will be the primary care physicians at the Lexington location along with David Moore, PA-C, and Lauren Williams, MSN, APRN, among other staff.

“Make Each Day Your Masterpiece”

LEXINGTON AND LOUISVILLE Legendary Hall of Fame college and pro basketball star and tv commentator Bill Walton visited two Kentucky hospitals on September 20–21 in his role as spokesperson for eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) by NuVasive. Walton, who played for UCLA from 1971–74 and in the NBA for 14 years, says he has had 37 orthopedic surgeries in his life. “Half my life has been fighting pain,” says the 63-year-old Walton.

Walton admitted to suicidal thoughts because of his back pain. “Don’t ever underestimate spine pain,” he said, “or miss the opportunity for getting rid of pain.”

James Rice, MD, spine surgeon with Kentucky Orthopedics Associates in Winchester, Ky., performs the XLIF procedure on patients at Saint Joseph East about twice a month. Thomas Aldstadt, MD, neurosurgeon, University of Louisville Physicians, has been performing the procedure at Jewish Hospital for the past five years. Walton had the procedure done in California in 2008.

Quoting his UCLA college coach John Wooden, Walton proclaimed his motivation is to “make every day his masterpiece,” by spreading the good news about the life-changing spine surgery and “going from misery to celebrating good fortune and good health.”

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