Teacher Inspired by Music, Students as She Fights Cancer
Kathy Whorton’s life fell out of tune when she was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. A music and band teacher, a pressing concern for her was that she wouldn’t be back for the new school year. With the help of the team at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Whorton was able to return to school to continue sharing her passion for music with her adoring students.
Update: Ms. Whorton passed away in July 2014 after a brave battle with cancer. We are humbled and inspired by the courage of patients like her every day. Our thoughts are with her family, her friends and her students.
Man’s Best Friend Reveals Clues About Brain Tumor Treatment
Meet Petey, a pit bull mix whose life was extended thanks to a partnership between Emory University Hospital Midtown neurosurgeon Costas Hadjipanayis and the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Together, Emory and UGA are testing a cancer fighting agent on terminally ill dogs with naturally occurring brain tumors. Researchers hope that the research will help bring new brain cancer therapies to humans by assessing results in dogs with similar diseases.
Paired Donor Kidney Exchange program
As a former pastor, Troy Milford spent years counseling his congregation through the joys and challenges of their lives. But, as it turns out, he was quietly dealing with a challenge of his own — polycystic kidney disease. Though he felt well on dialysis, he needed a kidney transplant. Several of Troy’s family members were tested in hopes of donating their kidney to him, but they were not matches. Troy’s friend and parishioner, Robert Poole was then tested, but he wasn’t a match either. That’s when Robert learned about the Kidney Paired Donor Exchange Program at Emory University Hospital. Just months later, Troy and Robert became part of the world’s second largest kidney swap in history, and the largest kidney swap to be concluded in less than 40 days.
Back in the Game after Stroke
As a defensive tackle on the University of Georgia’s football team, David Jacobs had met his share of tough opponents. But twelve years ago, he faced he fight of his life when he suffered a stroke.David spent the next month recovering in Emory University Hospital’s Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. From there, he moved to Emory’s Center for Rehabilitation Medicine, a multidisciplinary center that provides ongoing care for patients who have undergone traumatic events such as a stroke. There, he would spend three months learning to walk, eat and do the basic things that used to come so easily to an athlete of his caliber.
Teacher Heads Back To Class After Life-Changing Spine Surgery
As a teacher, Christine Zoghbi loved the mental and physical exercise of keeping up with her students. But when unrelenting back pain struck, her active life came to a halt. After doing her research, Christine discovered that Scott Boden, MD, director of the Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center, is an expert when it comes to complex spine surgeries. Now, a year after surgery, Christine is back at the head of the class.