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TODAY: Local Family Hosts Benefit to Support Hospitalized Son

TODAY: Local Family Hosts Benefit to Support Hospitalized Son

The family and friends of Brian Kelley are hosting an all-day charity event on Saturday, August 13 at the Clay County Fairgrounds to relieve Kelley’s family from mounting medical bills.

There will be live entertainment from local bands from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. along with food, face painting, bounce houses, dunking booths, raffles, an auction and a car show.

Kelley, father of two children, is currently in a coma due to a severe automotive accident that occurred July 25 where he was life-flighted to Shands Trauma ICU.

For more information go to on.fb.me/BrianKelleyBenefit.
 

Local Family Hosts Benefit to Support Hospitalized Son

Local Family Hosts Benefit to Support Hospitalized Son

The family and friends of Brian Kelley are hosting an all-day charity event on Saturday, August 13 at the Clay County Fairgrounds to relieve Kelley’s family from mounting medical bills.

There will be live entertainment from local bands from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. along with food, face painting, bounce houses, dunking booths, raffles, an auction and a car show.

Kelley, father of two children, is currently in a coma due to a severe automotive accident that occurred July 25 where he was life-flighted to Shands Trauma ICU.

For more information go to on.fb.me/BrianKelleyBenefit.
 

Mother Organizes Jacksonville's First Chiari Walk

Mother Organizes Jacksonville's First Chiari Walk

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There is a new walk hitting the streets of Jacksonville; it's for a rare disorder.

Amanda Wendorff, of Orange Park, said she thought she was alone, when just last year her 7-year-old son was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation.

"I didn't know anyone that had it," explains Wendorff when her son was first diagnosed.

Through social media and searches online she found a small group of people on the First Coast also dealing with the challenges of Chiari.

It is a disorder that can affect the brain and spinal cord and causes excruciating headaches. 

In an effort to spread awareness about this possibly debilitating disorder she has organized the first ever Conquer Chiari Walk in Jacksonville.

It is a nationwide event that will take place in several states all on the same day.

Back-to-School Brigade Relieves Stress on Military Families

Back-to-School Brigade Relieves Stress on Military Families

Operation Homefront-Florida, a non-profit organization that provides emergency financial assistance to Florida’s military families and wounded warriors, will distribute 700 backpacks filled with school supplies and 150 Lexmark Printers to military children from the greater Jacksonville area. Military families, from all branches of service, pre-registered for the event during the month of July. Operation Homefront-Florida recognizes the high cost of equipping children to return to school and aims to provide relief for military families who face the additional challenges of repeat deployments, relocation and separation. The Jacksonville Back to School Brigade distribution will take place on:

Kutting for Kids 2011 draws its own "superstars"

ORANGE PARK, Fla. --  Danny Slader, a Nease High grad, is one of those.  She's earned the term "star" because she lived through her teenage years with no hair.

She is still without hair because of something called "Alopecia."  It is a chronic condition that makes children lose their hair in patches and then often totally.

Alopecia can last a lifetime.

Slader came to our 2011 Kutting for Kids at the Orange Park mall as a confident young woman.  She is comfortable now walking around without a wig and just being bald, when she chooses.

Annual School Supply Drive About to Kickoff

Annual School Supply Drive About to Kickoff

Stuff the Bus, the annual First Coast News drive to collect school supplies for those in need is almost here.  In partnership with The Salvation Army, Publix, Community First Credit Union and The United Way, we encourage those who can help to do so by dropping off school suply donations.

Innovative Internships Open Job Opportunities For Floridians Overcoming Mental Illness

Floridians who have been treated for mental illnesses will have the opportunity to be employed by private businesses under a new partnership between the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).


Twenty-five paid internships will be available within the next few months for persons who are ready to go to work as part of their treatment and recovery from serious mental illnesses. Typically the unemployment rate of adults with significant mental health issues is extremely high – around 80 percent.