Rubbing elbows with celebs, for A Giving Spirit Foundation

At the Project ALS Gala in New York Thursday were, top, from left, Grace Powers, Dillon Nels, Lexi Powers, Amelia Woodall, Ben Stiller. Bottom, from left, Katie Couric, Libby Dy, Temple Dy.

At the Project ALS Gala in New York Thursday were, top, from left, Grace Powers, Dillon Nels, Lexi Powers, Amelia Woodall, Ben Stiller. Bottom, from left, Katie Couric, Libby Dy, Temple Dy.

Amelia Woodall of Davidson is a sophomore at Woodlawn School.  She was among representatives of Davidson-based A Giving Spirit Foundation who attended the Project A.L.S 16th annual This Is Your Life gala Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Cipriani in New York City. AGSF was founded in 2008, soon after Amelia’s mother, Laura Woodall, was diagnosed with ALS. Amelia shared these thoughts after her trip to New York.

By AMELIA WOODALL

This past weekend, I was able to be a part of an experience that changed my life and that will change the future of A Giving Spirit Foundation’s Teen Council. Continue Reading

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Key to surviving a heart attack: Act on early symptoms

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
More than a million Americans suffer a heart attack each year – and nearly 20 percent of them die, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

Unfortunately, many Americans are not familiar with the early symptoms of a heart attack – knowledge that could spur them to seek treatment earlier, minimizing heart damage and saving lives. That’s why Lake Norman Regional Medical Center has launched a campaign to increase awareness of heart attack warning signs. Continue Reading

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Gathering on the Green urges talk about mental health

The Gathering was held on the Town Green.  Speakers emphasized the importance of holding a public conversation about mental health (Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net).

The Gathering was held on the Town Green. Speakers emphasized the importance of holding a public conversation about mental health (Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net).

By JONATHAN COX
DavidsonNews.net

People suffering from depression or anxiety are often afraid to seek counseling because of the stigma attached to mental illness. At the Gathering on the Green – a rally for mental health awareness held on the Davidson Town Green Saturday afternoon - the speakers emphasized that an open, public conversation about mental health is the first step to overcoming the negative stereotypes associated with words like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

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Davidson Prosthetics gives patients back mobility

Prosthetist-orthotist Molly Matthews at her work bench (Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net)

Prosthetist-orthotist Molly Matthews at her work bench in downtown Davidson (Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net)

small business spotlight bugMolly Matthews helps patients who have lost the use of a limb through an accident, stroke, or other mishap to recover some mobility and independence. She makes prosthetic limbs and orthotics, and devices that can provide everything from extra support for a stroke victim suffering from foot drop, to a new leg for an amputee.  Continue Reading

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