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Adding health conversations to African-American family reunions

Kidney program
(PRNewswire-USNewswire) – The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) offers the Family Reunion Health Guide to help African-American families talk at family reunions and other summer events about the connection between kidney disease and more common conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. 
Designed to be used by families, the Guide encourages relatives to talk about risk factors and health by providing conversation starters, talking points and key materials to help facilitate such discussions.  

LGBT center’s 26-year-old 1st African-American chair faces facial hostility

LBGT Chair
According to North Carolina’s Charlotte Post, the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte has elected Ranzeno Frazier as its youngest and first African-American chair of its board of trustees. But not everyone is happy about his groundbreaking role.
Frazier’s selection was met with both positive and negative responses, with naysayers taking issue with his age and experience, the paper reports. Most disturbing: Some explicitly attacked the 26-year-old with race-based insults, according to the paper.
Frazier says he received derogatory emails and text messages, including one in which he was called a “dumb n--ger” who didn’t deserve the position.

How Marfan syndrome took center stage on NBA draft night, and in an infant’s life

Marfan Syndrome
It was like a bad dream. Four days before Baylor University basketball star Isaiah Austin would hear his name called in the NBA draft in June, a routine physical revealed that he had a genetic disorder called Marfan syndrome. His NBA career was over, but as he noted, his life was not.
Victoria Everett knows Austin’s nightmare firsthand.
When the 27-year-old Philadelphian heard her baby boy diagnosed with Marfan syndrome earlier this year, she was not sure what to think. Neither she nor her family had any idea what the condition was.
When Josiah was only 33 weeks in the womb, he had already been diagnosed with an enlarged heart, but it wasn’t until after he was born on Jan. 10 that the true extent of his condition came into the grim light.


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The decision: Lebron chooses to go ‘home’

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In a letter dictated to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins and made public Friday morning, NBA Super Star LeBron James let the world know what so many have been waiting for – where he is going to play next season. It’s Cleveland – not Miami – and his hometown is going wild.
Here is the context he set for understanding his decision:
“Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.
“Remember when I was sitting up there at the Boys & Girls Club in 2010? I was thinking, This is really tough. I could feel it. I was leaving something I had spent a long time creating. If I had to do it all over again, I’d obviously do things differently, but I’d still have left. Miami, for me, has been almost like college for other kids. These past four years helped raise me into who I am. I became a better player and a better man. I learned from a franchise that had been where I wanted to go. I will always think of Miami as my second home. Without the experiences I had there, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.
“I went to Miami because of D-Wade and CB. We made sacrifices to keep UD. I loved becoming a big bro to Rio. I believed we could do something magical if we came together. And that’s exactly what we did! The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys. I’ve talked to some of them and will talk to others. Nothing will ever change what we accomplished. We are brothers for life. …”