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TUESDAY, August 09, 2016 Issue No. 7

DEFIBRILLATORS FOR KIDS . . Project ADAM Tennessee provides schools with information, materials, and training pertaining to automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Supported by East Tennessee Children's Hospital since 2011, placement of these devices in area schools is a priority. Project ADAM also helps schools coordinate and train emergency response teams, assists with practice drills, and ensures staff and community awareness. It is estimated that between 600-1000 children die from sudden cardiac arrest every year. Many of these deaths could have been avoided with the use of an AED - a lightweight, portable device which delivers an electric shock to the heart only if needed. A shock delivered within 3-5 minutes can save a life and for every minute that passes, survival rates drop by 10%. During the current school year, every public school in East Tennessee will have at least one AED on their campus. All Knox County recreation centers and pools also have automated external defibrillators, but ball fields aren't always close to the buildings where these devices are kept. That's why Project ADAM coordinator Karen Smith is on a mission to raise money to purchase AEDs for those fields.  Find out more about Project ADAM by visiting this link.

PEYBACK IS HELP . . . Peyton Manning established The PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by providing assistance to programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. Since then, The PeyBack Foundation has provided more than $10 million of impact to at-risk youth through its grants and programs in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee. Five area organizations recently received funding from the foundation – The Joy of Music Youth Music School ($10,000), Knoxville Leadership Foundation ($5,000), Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachia Counties ($10,000), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga ($10,000), and Young Women’s Leadership Academy Foundation ($10,000). Children need opportunities through which they can grow and learn. The Foundation strives to make these opportunities available to children who might not otherwise have the chance to participate and focuses strongly on abused and neglected children, boys & girls clubs, after-school programs, summer camps and foster children.  To find out more about The Peyback Foundation, please visit this link.
PAT SUMMITT CLINIC . . . Officials of The Pat Summitt Foundation express appreciation to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for their generous memorial gift of $50,000 given in honor of Pat Summitt. The contribution will go toward fulfilling the foundation’s commitment to raise $2.5 million over five years to help establish The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, which is scheduled to open in December 2016. “We are most grateful for this very generous contribution and express our appreciation to the NCAA leadership for their commitment in support of Pat’s mission to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said foundation executive director, Patrick Wade. To learn more about the new clinic and The Pat Summitt Foundation, please visit this link.

THIRD CREEK MURAL . . . The Center for Biological Diversity recently held a celebration for a new 230-foot mural on the Third Creek Greenway in Knoxville, the eighth in a national endangered species mural project highlighting threatened plants and animals around the country. The project aims to use art in public spaces to increase appreciation for regional biodiversity. The Knoxville mural features the pink mucket pearly mussel and Cumberlandian combshell, two endangered freshwater mussels from the Tennessee River. The project’s goal is to promote a deep affinity for the natural world and the wild creatures that help define it, and features species that are special to their regions. Knoxville was selected as a site because the Tennessee River is a world hotspot for freshwater mussel diversity. Seventy percent of freshwater mussels are at risk of extinction due to water pollution and dams. Find out more about The Center for Biological Diversity by visiting this link.  

ROCK N' BOWL . . . Rock N’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake was held in Knoxville April 9-23. This event, the largest annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN, brings together more than 900 community members to raise funds for a great cause. Rock N’ Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the perfect way for individuals to make an impact on our community.  It only takes a little bit of effort to raise money that is vital to the program’s success. No bowling expertise is required, only the willingness to share in our heartfelt and sincere thanks for helping to transform our community. More information about Rock N’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake may be found at this link.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES . . . Volunteer Knoxville is a regional volunteer center that connects volunteers to community organizations in the 25 Upper East Tennessee counties. The Partner Program equips community organizations with the tools needed to successfully engage volunteers. On an annual basis, community organizations renew their partnership and gain access to volunteer management resources. Volunteer Knoxville also partners with corporations to meet pressing volunteer needs throughout the greater Knoxville region. If your company’s name is listed on their web site, you can access exclusive volunteer opportunities for your team by using your unique invitation code. If you are interested in learning more, please send email to:

RETRIEVING INDEPENDENCE . . . Raven is a black lab that lives in West Knoxville with his owner, Kelley. She was trained by the non-profit organization, Retrieving Independence, at Turney Center Correctional Facility Middle Tennessee.  Raven can do all of the typical dog tricks but also plays an important role in keeping Kelley, who has narcolepsy, healthy and safe. Kelley is prone to sleepwalking at night as well as “sleep attacks” during the day. Raven leads Kelley back to bed when she is sleepwalking - and Kelley doesn’t even remember the event. Even more amazing is the fact that Raven can sense when Kelley is about to have a “sleep attack” and helps guide her to a safe place to sit before the attack. Raven is a certified service dog and was trained at the non-profit organization Retrieving Independence, located in Middle Tennessee. Watch the full story about Kelley and Raven on WBIR’s web site at this link. More information about Retrieving Independence may be found at this link.

MERRY CHRISTMAS . . . The mission of the East Tennessee Technology Access Center (ETTAC) is to connect people with disabilities in East Tennessee to the adaptive technology tools and services they need to live with maximum independence and dignity. Recently, people across East Tennessee, as well as WATE 6 On Your Side, came together to donate toys for ETTAC. Around 200 toys (and $1,100 in monetary donations!) were collected. Over the next several months, just in time for Christmas, volunteers from Knox Makers will be working to get the toys adapted for children to use over the holidays - for example, by adapting electronic toys with larger external switches that can be used with another part of the body. Check out the whole story at this link. Find out more about the East Tennessee Technology Access Center at this link.  Find out more about Knox Makers at this link.

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