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Dinner to honor cancer survivors

Dinner to honor cancer survivors

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The American Cancer Society will hold its 2013 Relay for Life Annual Survivor Dinner for cancer survivors and their families next month.

The dinner will be held Friday, May 10 at New Hope Baptist Church in Peachtree City.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner slated to start at 6:30 p.m. It is free to attend.

Bestselling author and syndicated columnist Ronda Rich will be the keynote speaker.

Call 770-632-6931 or send an email to tricia.d.dunlap@cancer.org no later than Wednesday, May 1 to sign up for the dinner.

New Hope's Peachtree City campus is located at 1563 Joel Cowan Parkway.

Sexual assault center joins Pinwheels for Prevention

Sexual assault center joins Pinwheels for Prevention

HAMPTON, Ga. -- The Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center has joined the Pinwheels for Prevention movement.

Volunteers and staff members placed 455 pinwheels on the center's front lawn in recognition of Prevent Child Abuse Month.

Learn more about Pinwheels for Prevention at pinwheelsforprevention.org.

The Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center has been helping victims of sexual violence in Butts, Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike and Spalding counties since 1994.

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

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"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.

How to avoid the ER during the holidays

How to avoid the ER during the holidays

ATLANTA -- The holidays are often is the busiest time for hospital emergency rooms. Collectively, the Piedmont Healthcare-affiliated hospitals in Atlanta, Fayetteville, Newnan, Stockbridge and Jasper saw nearly 40,000 patients last year in the emergency rooms during the holiday season.

Avoid a trip to the hospital with the following tips:

5K to benefit abused women

5K to benefit abused women

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Come to Peachtree City this weekend to race for a good cause.

Wellspring Living will host the 7th annual Race to Restore 5K: Run for Her Future on Saturday, Sept. 15.

All proceeds from the run will benefit comprehensive healing programs for women and girls who have been trafficked or sexually abused.

Runners can participate alone or in a group of 12 or more. The largest group will receive a prize from race organizers.

In addition, participants can enter a $5 raffle for a chance to win a Massage Envy gift card, a California Pizza Kitchen Kids Package, tickets to see the Gwinnett Gladiators in action and more.

Registration for the Race to Restore will begin at 7 a.m., with the race scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Visit active.com to sign up.

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

ATLANTA -- Several Sam's Club Pharmacy locations throughout metro Atlanta will offer free diabetes and vision screenings this weekend.

The screenings will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are valued at more than $150. They include glucose, A1C, vision, blood pressure and BMI tests.

"Knowing the links between risk factors, choices and solutions prepares our members to better manage or even prevent diabetes," Sam's Club Health and Wellness senior VP Jill Turner-Mitchael said in a statement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say about 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed every year. If this trend continues, one out of every three U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Diabetes is also the leading cause of new cases of blindness in U.S. adults, according to the CDC.

Participating Sam's Club locations include:

Alpharetta
10600 Davis Drive

Atlanta
2901 Clairmont Road