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Tragedy gives way to physical therapy desire

Tragedy gives way to physical therapy desire

Derrick T. Yates is focused on attaining the skills of a physical therapist. It's no fluke or whim and he's about to take a major step forward.

This fall, the Central High School graduate will start pursuing a physical therapy degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He'll be aided by a $1,000 scholarship from the Methodist Healthcare Foundation, which annually supports a Central High School senior who decides to pursue a career in the health field. It's part of the Foundation's adopt-a-school partnership with Memphis City Schools.

The scholarship is linked to an essay competition. Derrick's winning essay described his inspiration to major in physical therapy after witnessing the importance of his god-brother's rehabilitation after a spinal and neck injury.

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Historic cancer research effort kicks off at Brown Baptist

Historic cancer research effort kicks off at Brown Baptist

The American Cancer Society kicked off its community-wide Cancer Prevention Study – 3 (CPS-3) enrollment at Brown Missionary Baptist Church on June 3. It was the first of three enrollments in Memphis, and it maxed out its enrollment capacity at 150 enrollees.

The five-hour enrollment offered to the community and congregation was held in conjunction with three church services that morning and afternoon.

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Angiel and St. Jude patients promote St. Jude message

Angiel and St. Jude patients promote St. Jude message

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has launched a new series of public service announcements (PSAs) to help raise awareness and deepen the understanding of the hospital's lifesaving mission through real St. Jude heroes – its patients and families.

St. Jude has not produced national PSAs since 2003 and timed the new multichannel campaign to coincide with the hospital's 50th anniversary.

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