Bryan Students Support Preemptive Love Group

Thursday, October 18, 2012

His personal experience with a congenital heart defect has prompted John Youngblood to try to help provide lifesaving surgery for Iraqi children facing challenges such as he did. 

Mr. Youngblood, a Bryan College senior psychology major from Matthews, N.C., recently met Jeremy Courtney, founder and executive director of Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC), an organization whose mission is to provide “lifesaving heart surgeries for Iraqi children in pursuit of peace between communities at odds.”

In conversations with Mr. Courtney, Mr. Youngblood learned that PLC was begun in Iraq to provide medical care for children born with serious heart conditions. “PLC decided to train doctors to go to Iraq and provide the lifesaving surgery there,” he said. “It costs about $690 per patient to provide that surgery.” 

Bryan’s director of faith and mission, Ben Norquist, approached Mr. Youngblood about heading the project “because he knew about my background,” Mr. Youngblood said. Mr. Youngblood was born with a heart defect, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition that must be treated by surgery and medication.

“Coming from that background, when Ben came to me and asked about partnering with PLC, I agreed,” Mr. Youngblood said. “We’re trying to raise $2,000 to provide surgeries for three children. If we raise more, we can help more children. PLC will make it possible for us to meet the children we help after their surgery by video.”

Student-led efforts to collect money on campus began Monday and a number of fund-raising activities are being considered.

For more information, contact the Preemptive Love Coalition.

Walk At School Event At Red Bank Elementary Friday

Red Bank Elementary students have been participating in walk to school day events.   On Friday, the 5th graders are doing a surprise "flash mob" dance on the last song at 2 p.m.  (click for more)

Local Student Enrolls At Earlham College

Alexander Owen, an Earlham College first-year and son of Sterling Owen of Germantown, Tn, and Karen Nance of Chattanooga, has enrolled at Earlham College. " Earlham is dedicated to the development of effective ways to integrate international perspectives in education," officials said.  " Earlham graduates are well prepared for further study; n early half of Earlham alumni ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

Cold, Wet Front To Make For Chilly And Damp Trick Or Treating; Snow Showers Possible Saturday

A surge of cold, moist air will make for less-than-ideal trick or treat conditions on Halloween night. Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing this weekend. There is a possibility of snow showers in Chattanooga on Saturday. Here is the latest forecast: Today Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Calm wind becoming northwest ... (click for more)

Thanks For Publishing The Stokes Photo Book

I pre-ordered the Stokes Photo Book and picked it up Wednesday . The covers and content are very high quality and contain photos you will not see anywhere else.  This book of photos is worth much more than $35.  I have seen many historic photos of my hometown Chattanooga, but this collection is amazing. My favorites are National Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery near ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saban: ‘Ratings Don’t Matter’

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released earlier this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban got it right on the button when he shrugged, “I don't even care, to be honest with you." "To me, none of it matters, What does it matter?” he laughed at the Tide’s No. 6 ranking. “I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end. So what matters to us is how ... (click for more)