First Battle Of The Buzz Raises Over $3,000 For American Cancer Society

Friday, October 18, 2013
Officer Sheila Strange with her granddaughter after shaving her head
Officer Sheila Strange with her granddaughter after shaving her head

Area fire, EMS and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department personnel ‘braved the shave’ to raise over $3,000 for the Chattanooga American Cancer Society at the inaugural Battle of the Buzz at Parkridge Medical Center. 

Area first responders were challenged to show their support for the fight against cancer by raising a minimum of $50 for the ACS in order to have their heads shaved at the event, presented by Parkridge Medical Center and Lifeguard Ambulance Service. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Corrections Officer Sheila Strange was the Battle of the Buzz top fundraiser, collecting over $1,500 in donations to have her long red hair shaved from her head. Officer Strange’s participation honored her family members and work colleagues affected by various forms of cancer. The funds will be used to purchase wigs and headcoverings for area cancer patients.

“It was a great showing for a first event,” noted Mark Melville, Lifeguard Ambulance Service operations manager and one of the event organizers. “We appreciate everyone who helped make this event a success, especially the Virginia College cosmetology students who donated their services to shave the heads of our successful fundraisers. We look forward to growing the event and making it even better next year. “ 

“Parkridge was proud to be a part of Battle of the Buzz,” notes Melissa Pendergrass, oncology navigator at The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Parkridge Medical Center. “Wigs and headcoverings can make a big difference in the outlook of a cancer patient - looking good makes people feel better, and this is especially true in the case of someone facing a battle with cancer. The funds raised will have a positive impact on the lives of many cancer patients in our community.” 

For more information about The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Parkridge Medical Center, visit ParkridgeHealth.com. For information about services provided by the American Cancer Society, visit cancer.org.
Dale Solomon, ER director at Parkridge East Hospital, gets his head shaved
Dale Solomon, ER director at Parkridge East Hospital, gets his head shaved

Drexel University Hosts Screening Of The American Nurse

Drexel University, a leader in nursing and health care education, invites nurses to a complimentary screening of The American Nurse on Tuesday, and Wednesday.  The American Nurse Project aims to elevate the voice of nurses by capturing their personal stories through photography and film. The Chattanooga show times will be on  Tuesday at noon. RSVP at  ... (click for more)

Erlanger Adds Orthopedic Specialists, Bringing Total Number Of Orthopedic Providers To 25

The Erlanger Health System announced the addition of three orthopedic surgeons, an interventional physiatrist, a nurse practitioner and a physical therapist to UT Erlanger Orthopaedics; bringing the total number of Erlanger orthopedic providers to 25. Orthopedic providers from the  Chattanooga Bone and Joint Center who are joining Erlanger are Dr. David ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Firefighter Arrested For Robbery Of Hixson Convenience Store

The Chattanooga Police Department has arrested a Chattanooga firefighter in connection with a robbery on Sunday morning. The firefighter has been identified as Steven Kyle Ratledge. Firefighter Ratledge was assigned to Station 19 in Hixson and has been with the department for approximately 3 1/2 years. Firefighter Ratledge has been placed on leave without pay as the investigation ... (click for more)

Rescuers Help Man After He Falls 30 Feet From Signal Bluff

Rescuers helped a man back up after he fell 30 feet on a Signal Mountain bluff on Saturday night. However, he was not seriously injured. At 11 p.m., a 911 call was made reporting the fall. Walden's Ridge Emergency Services responded to 1425 East Brow Road. When rescue personnel arrived on the scene, they reported a 25-year-old male had fallen 30 feet off the side of ... (click for more)

Being Proactive With Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. It affects an estimated one million Americans and four to six million worldwide,  There is no cure for Parkinson’s, and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone. Source: National Parkinson’s Foundation  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In May

Back when we were kids this day’s battle cry was, “Hooray, hooray for the First of May! Outdoor swimming starts today! With temperatures in the high 80s and we dive in to a new month, our monthly walk in a garden heavy with spring time pollen looks promising … AN ORCHID for the movie “Rocky” on its 40 th anniversary: “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t ... (click for more)