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Piedmont Newnan launches Real Men Wear Pink campaign

Piedmont Newnan launches Real Men Wear Pink campaign

NEWNAN, Ga. – As part of its commitment to the fight against breast cancer, Piedmont Newnan Hospital has enlisted the help of 10 prominent men in the Coweta County community to help spread awareness about breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. The campaign is designed to increase the number of women who take preventative action in the fight against the disease.

These 10 men have agreed to become the names and faces in the battle against breast cancer, which affects one in eight women in the U.S. They’ll take part in community events such as a “Pink Out” night at Newnan High School on Friday, October 24, all while leading by example by asking the women in their lives to get screened for breast cancer.

Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- When Khorkie Tyus’ mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School senior responded by helping her mom at home and spreading “warm love” to others.

Working with an oncology nurse, Khorkie developed an idea for special Warm Love kits for chemotherapy patients.

“I noticed there were people who went to chemo by themselves, and I thought some goodie bags would show them someone cared for them,” explained the 16 year old.

Many patients are sensitive to aluminum, for example, so Khorkie includes aluminum-free deodorant and toothpaste. Chemo patients also tend to get chilly when being infused so Khorkie packs hats, scarves, socks, and blankets. (In fact, cozy blankets were how the project got its name.)

Teens select special needs students as Homecoming King and Queen

Teens select special needs students as Homecoming King and Queen

NEWNAN, Ga. (WXIA) -- The Northgate High School community recently reminded us all that teenagers don't always deserve the image they sometimes get as totally self-involved.

Last Friday, the student body chose two special needs students, Jessica Martindale and Anie Nevov as Homecoming King and Queen.

"One of the first times I've seen Northgate pull together as a whole and do something amazing," said Olivia Laaker, a senior.

Thao Nguyen initially spearheaded the idea to honor the pair by getting them on the Homecoming Court, but then a groundswell of support throughout the school.

Thao wanted it "in order to make it my best year, I wanted to make it someone else's best year, best senior year."

"At the pep rally I literally cried four times and at the game I cried because this is so amazing," Greta Taylor, who has known Anie since elementary school. "I love them so much and I was so happy for them."

Piedmont Newnan Hospital gears up for September’s Walk with a Doc

Piedmont Newnan Hospital gears up for September’s Walk with a Doc

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Piedmont Newnan Hospital invites all members of the Coweta County community to take part in the next Walk With a Doc on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Carl Miller Park, 70 Sewell Road in Newnan.

Maria Goyco, M.D. of Piedmont Physicians Group in Newnan will lead the walk. Dr. Goyco, who is bilingual in Spanish and English, has been in practice for 15 years in the Metro Atlanta area. She is board certified in family medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. She has a special interest in preventative medicine and women’s care.

Walkers are encouraged to gather at the park by 8:15 a.m. as the walk begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Goyco will take five minutes to talk about a health topic of her choice before leading participants on a walk through the park while she answers questions from participants.

Hospital helps couple celebrate 55th anniversary

Hospital helps couple celebrate 55th anniversary

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Gloria and Raymond Costa celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary at Piedmont Newnan Hospital because Raymond was having some health issues.

When the hospital found out it was the Newnan couple's anniversary, staff members upped the ante on dinner. The Costas were served grilled salmon, fettuccine Alfredo, fruit salad in a champagne flute and carrot cake drizzled with raspberry sauce.

Gloria and Raymond Costa have been married since 1959, when Raymond returned home from the Korean War. They have two children and six grandchildren.

Happy 55th anniversary to the Costas.

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Newnan hospital execs take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Newnan hospital execs take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Six Piedmont Newnan Hospital leaders accepted the ice bucket challenge to benefit ALS right on the front lawn of the hospital Friday afternoon.

Chief Financial Officer John Miles, Chief Nursing Officer Jason Smith, Chief Operating Officer Nathan Nipper, Chief Medical Officer Jeffrey Folk, Executive Director of Human Resources Clay Boyles and Chief Executive Officer Mike Robertson are shown in this photo right after they all got doused with buckets full of ice water.

You can watch the entire video of the event on facebook.com/piedmontnewnanhospital.

Mother and son a dynamic duo of volunteerism

Mother and son a dynamic duo of volunteerism

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Edna Phillips just can’t sit still. At age 92, she is Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s oldest active volunteer.

Edna spent 44 years working for Playtex. After her retirement, she traveled for a year but ran out of places she wanted to visit. That’s when she walked into the community hospital located right behind her home, joined the Auxiliary and started volunteering. That was 1987. Now, 27 years later, she is still going strong.

As a member of the Piedmont Newnan Hospital Auxiliary, Edna is asked to put in 75 hours a year of volunteer work. It’s hardly a challenge and she far surpasses that goal. In fact, every Monday, all day long, you can find Edna working in the Piedmont Newnan Hospital gift shop.

“When I was growing up, I didn’t stay in the house,” recalled Phillips, who said she enjoys every minute of volunteering at Piedmont Newnan. “I just always had to be doing something. I can’t just sit in the house. I never could.”