Color The Curve Benefits The National Scoliosis Foundation

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thirteen year old Kaitlyn McAfee has scoliosis. She wore a back brace for a few months, but her curve continued to progress and on Dec. 12, 2012, she had spinal fusion surgery. Through an international support group, she was able to meet others living with scoliosis. Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine. It affects 2-3 percent of the population and there is no cure.

Kaitlyn has founded The Curve Scoliosis, a support group to help others facing a scoliosis diagnosis. She, along with co-leader, Hillary Potts, also living with scoliosis (Hillary had spinal fusion surgery on July 1, 2013) understand first hand how scary a scoliosis diagnosis can be. They said they want folks to understand they are not alone on a scoliosis journey. 

The Curve Scoliosis will focus on helping others through hands-on projects such as ‘Wrapped with Love.’  They have partnered with SHIFT Scoliosis to make blankets they will donate to local hospitals to be given to people facing a scoliosis surgery. They are also raising funds that will allow them to donate scoliometers to every Hamilton County School. This device will allow school nurses a tool for testing children for scoliosis because early detection is important. They will also run a support group for those diagnosed with scoliosis and their families. 

They are also actively working to raise awareness of scoliosis and money for scoliosis research. Last year along with Scenic City Multisport Kaitlyn hosted the first ever color run for scoliosis, Color the Curve. Over 1,100 people representing 18 states and Canada came together in Chattanooga for the 5K and 1 mile runs. She was able to donate $13,000 to the National Scoliosis Foundation.

 This year, she is working on the 2nd annual Color the Curve event, June 7, and first Color the Curve After Dark – a glow run on June 21. Both events will take place in Chattanooga, are hosted by The Curve Scoliosis, and will benefit the National Scoliosis Foundation.  

For more information on how to get involved with The Curve Scoliosis or be a part of Color the Curve and Color the Curve After Dark, email thecurvescoliosis@gmail.com. www.colorthecurve.com, https://www.facebook.com/colorthecurve



Erlanger Recognized By Department Of Defense

The Tennessee Office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense organization, saluted Erlanger Health System for its outstanding support of employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve during a brief ceremony on July 1.    As a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, Sgt. 1 st  Class Terry W. Ellis, Jr., RRT, nominated ... (click for more)

Gregory Sutton Joins Tennessee Oncology

Tennessee Oncology  announced the arrival of Dr. Gregory Sutton, a medical oncologist who cares for patients at Tennessee Oncology Chattanooga’s Medical Park II location at 2200 East Third St. in Suite 100. “Dr. Sutton is a great addition to our growing network of physicians committed to caring for cancer patients within their community and close to their home,” said ... (click for more)

Plumbers Bring Complaints To WWTA; Told New Contracts Are Ready

Several plumbers on Thursday brought complaints to a committee of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) and got little response other than being told that new contracts are ready. Kay Keefe of Keefe Plumbing said the small number of plumbing companies still participating in the program to repair leaky lines to homes, have long been operating without ... (click for more)

Commissioner Haynes Calls For Public Meetings On Discretionary Funds; Says Public Against Keeping Them

County Commissioner Marty Haynes on Thursday called for public meetings on the subject of the commissioners continuing to have $100,000 each in discretionary money. He said he had already been meeting with Hixson leaders on the topic. Commissioner Haynes was one of three commissioners who supported a move by County Mayor Jim Coppinger to remove $900,000 in discretionary funds ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Pre-Fourth Observations

I hate to do this, right on the heels of my monthly ‘Walk in the Garden,’ but I have more things on my desk that I dare not leave unnoticed before tomorrow’s Star-Spangled celebration. Foremost is the plea to anyone who shoots off firecrackers to please wear eye protection and ask watchers to stand back. Our eye doctors say firecracker-related injuries have doubled in the last three ... (click for more)