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Brooks Rehabilitation Employees and Medical Teams International Helping Disabled in Haiti

Brooks Rehabilitation Employees and Medical Teams International Helping Disabled in Haiti

Medical Teams International will send four teams of physical and occupational therapists from Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida to Haiti throughout the spring and summer of 2012, in order to provide rehabilitative care to those still suffering in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. The volunteer therapists will work with Medical Teams International’s Haiti Advantage program in Les Cayes, providing care in the outpatient prosthetics and orthotics clinic and well as the local hospital.

3rd Annual Spring-4-A-Cure Relay slated for March 24

3rd Annual Spring-4-A-Cure Relay slated for March 24

This year’s Spring 4-A-Cure 5K Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, March 24, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race will begin and end at the St. Augustine Shores Riverview Club.

All proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The race is being sponsored by the Mason Manatee Relay for Life team.

Awards will be given to the overall female and male winners. Recognition will also be given to the top three finishers in various age categories. Ample parking will be provided for all participants.

The course is scenic, safe, well marked, and has drink stations. You can preregister online by going to

Mail-in registration forms are also available online by going to

Popeyes Appetite for a Cure


A fundraising campaign conducted by Sailormen, Inc. at Popeyes restaurants in Northeast Florida and across the Southeast will provide customers with valuable discounts while garnering support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's worldwide research and services programs. 

North Florida Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Welcomes New Team Members

North Florida Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Welcomes New Team Members


The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) of North Florida announces three new team members have joined the organization. Brett Hipsley has been named development director and will manage the Great Strides brand, the foundation’s largest national event, for the North Florida office. He will be responsible for nine of the 13 annual Great Strides that take place from Jacksonville to Pensacola. Mona Hover will serve as development manager and is responsible for overseeing the production of major fundraising events including Cycle for Life, The Oldest City Red Trout Celebrity Classic fishing tournament and Gainesville Tailgate for a Cure. Charlotte Cudd has joined the team as event specialist and will assist in the production of the 24 North Florida CFF events held annually.

Wounded Warrior Gets New Bionic Arm, First in the Country

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Navy veteran who lost an arm in Iraq in 2005 now has a new one that can do most of the things the original could.

Hospital Corpsman Sharod Edwards, who was a field medic in Iraq, is the first person in the world to have the new functional arm.  There were two others who had it on a trial basis, but for Edwards, it's a keeper.

It's been three weeks since Edwards got the new arm, which works by muscle impulses higher in the arm that control the action of the wrist and fingers.

Licensed certified prosthetist Geoffrey Hemmen, who has worked closely with Edwards at Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics in San Marco, said he's doing great, and that's why he got into the business.

Hemmen said he knew someone when he was a child who lost a leg in an accident and has pursued the field of prosthetics ever since.

Warming the Souls Blanket Drive

Warming the Souls Blanket Drive

Everyone has had those cold days where you just wanted to curl up in your favorite blanket and stay cozy, but what if you didn’t have that blanket? POI’s inaugural Warming the Souls Blanket Drive is gathering blankets for the people in our community who are in this very dilemma.

Piece Peace Campaign Aims To Overcome Gun Violence

The PIECE PEACE campaign, inspired by MAD DADS and created by Brunet-García Advertising, aims to end the gun violence that has been endemic to Jacksonville and other urban communities across the nation.