Children’s Hospital Cancer Patient Featured In CBS Sports Program On May 5

Friday, April 26, 2013

Turner Fordham, a leukemia patient at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger who credits golf for saving her life, will be featured along with other miracle stories in a CBS Sports national broadcast on Sunday, May 5 between 2 and 3 p.m. EST.    

 

Turner has spent all of her teenage years battling Leukemia since she was first diagnosed in 2005.

  As an extremely active athlete participating in softball and baseball, she did not let her illness and treatments stop her from doing what she loves to do – to play sports.  When it became too difficult to play high-energy contact sports, she picked up golf a club instead and found a new love.  While there were times when she could not go to school with a weakened immune system, she found comfort outside spending time with her father and taking lessons from golf pro, Lowell Fritz. 

 

Life for a normal teenager would normally include going to restaurants, attending school functions and enjoying time with friends.  But Turner’s life revolved around visits with Dr. Manoo Bhakta, an oncology specialist at Children’s Hospital, cancer treatments, and continuing her education at home.  Golf became her only outlet for some normalcy in her life. 

 

However, there was nothing normal with Turner’s golf skills.  She was enjoying it so much that she asked if she could join a team.  Her physicians and parents agreed, and she would later become a member of the Georgia Class 4A State Championship team. 

 

“Her ability to take on adversity is amazing,” said Dr. Bhakta during the taping of the CBS special.  “Golf must have something to do with it.  It is an escape.  I have known other patients who have played golf while in treatment for cancer, and it is always a pleasure to play with them.”    

 

Today, Turner is attending college and continues her visits at Children’s Hospital for her cancer treatment. 



Marijka Grey, M.D. Named President Of CHI Memorial Medical Group

CHI Memorial Medical Group welcomes Marijka A. Grey, MD, FACP, as president. In this role, Dr. Grey will lead the group’s ongoing efforts to emphasize quality, a culture of service, and patient-centered innovative care approaches in the physician practice setting to deliver value to the community we serve.   Dr. Grey will serve alongside Glyn Hughes, president of ... (click for more)

Alexander Responds To FDA Drug Importation Announcement

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander on Thursday made the following statement on the formation by the Food and Drug Administration of a new work group to develop focused drug importation policy options to reduce shortages and increase competition:   “I’m glad to see the Secretary explore new ways to increase competition and lower drug prices by importing ... (click for more)

Man Killed, Passenger Seriously Injured; Driver Of Other Vehicle Hurt In Accident On Suck Creek Road Saturday Morning

One person was killed and two others injured in a head-on crash on Suck Creek Road on Saturday morning. The accident at 8:45 a.m. at the 2100 block of Suck Creek Road involved a Kia Sedona mini-van and a Hyundai Elantra. Preliminary results indicate that the Hyundai Elantra was traveling southbound on Suck Creek Road and, while negotiating a curve, ... (click for more)

A Jury For 2nd Time Convicts Randall Reed Of Murdering 70-Year-Old Woman In 2011

A jury for the second time has convicted Randall Reed of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 70-year-old Jane Stokes in East Ridge. The verdict was returned in the courtroom of Judge Tom Greenholtz’s on Friday. The earlier verdict had been thrown out by an appeals court. Reed testified in his own behalf. The victim was murdered in her home during a robbery in 2011. ... (click for more)

Just Recuse Yourself

Pam Fleenor, have you ever heard the terms “conflict of interest” or “appearance of impropriety”? It’s a foregone conclusion that Robin Smith will be victorious in Chancellor Fleenor’s courtroom. Here’s another term you may want to re-examine, recuse yourself.   Rusty Munger (click for more)

Not My University: Why I’m Not Okay With Mike Pence Coming To Lee University - And Response (6)

As a student of Lee University, who is well-aware of the Lee administration’s more conservative stance in politics, I am upset about Mike Pence visiting the university and being welcomed on our campus. Although I respect that Pence is in a position of authority as our nation’s Vice President, and that he likewise deserves the right to hold his own opinions in regards to the issues ... (click for more)