Glasgow, Ky – Donna and Tony Morgan of Barren County have been on a mission ever since tragedy struck their family in 2005. That's the year their 6 year old daughter, Maddie, died suddenly of Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease, or "PVOD". Since then, the Morgans have set out to educate the public--and just as importantly, the medical community--about the rare disease. Kevin Willis reports from Glasgow about the Butterflies for Maddie Foundation.
Louisville, Ky – Raising a child with severe autism requires the strength and combined efforts of every family member. That's a key message author Mark Osteen brought to Kentucky. Osteen spoke in Louisville about his book "One of Us: A Family's Life with Autism." His visit was sponsored by the Kentucky Autism Training Center at the University of Louisville. Osteen implores parents not to blame themselves for their child's condition. Kevin Willis has our story.
Nashville, TN – David Penson is a man who spends a lot of time thinking about the health of the country. The Professor of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville served as co-chair of the advisory panel that authored the recent "Tennessee Men's Health Report Card." Dr. Penson said he was amazed to see in how many instances poor personal choices lead to nationwide health problems. He spoke to WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis.
Louisville, Ky – Kentucky's lung cancer death rate is 45% higher than the national average. Dr. Victor VanBurkle wants Kentuckians to understand the impact tobacco-related cancers are having on the state. He's a surgeon with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville. He says while cancer treatments have come a long way in recent years, the lung cancer death rate is essentially flat. That's because when most patients discover they have the disease, it's too late to save them.
Elizabethtown, Ky – In Elizabethtown, a husband and wife team is helping wounded soldiers gain more control over their lives. Tom and Karen Brown are retired veterans who own Wild Rose Equine Center. With the help of therapists and volunteers, they offer eight-week courses that teach soldiers how to ride the horse and care for the animal, all the while improving balance, coordination, and memory skills. Kevin Willis visited Wild Rose and has our story.
Bowling Green, Ky – Millions of Americans swear by the morning cup of coffee. A growing body of research suggests coffee has several positive health benefits. In this report, Kevin Willis speaks with Dr. Peter Martin, director of the Institute for Coffee Studies at Vanderbilt University, and Justin Shepherd, owner of Spencer's Coffeehouse in Bowling Green.
Bowling Green, KY – An Owensboro program is getting kids and parents active and educated in an effort to battle childhood obesity. The Power Up Kidz effort at Owensboro Medical Health System brings adults and children together, teachers them about healthy cooking and portion control, and gets them physically active. In this report, Kevin Willis brings us the story of some of those involved in the effort.
Owensboro, Ky – For the second time since a massive earthquake hit Haiti in January, Dr. Philip Hurley of Owensboro is heading on a medical mission. Hurley is an orthopedic surgeon who is volunteering his time to help the countless victims of the quake. On his first trip, Dr. Hurley performed numerous operations, including many amputations. He's expecting more of the same this trip. He spoke with Kevin Willis from his Daviess County office.