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Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:24:32 GMT
Dougherty County Police are investigating a rash of entering auto thefts in the West region of the county. They hope you can identify one suspected thief caught on camera. Take a look at the young manMore >>
Dougherty County Police are looking for a young man captured on surveillance video using a stolen debit card.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:58:07 GMT
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe'sMore >>
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe's Network of Trust highlighted those resources at a special luncheon Wednesday.More >>
August 30, 2002
Albany--It's a long and uncertain road for Georgian's on the organ donor list. Bobby Howard is a former NFL player and recipient of a life saving kidney transplant. Howard works with LifeLink Georgia's Minority Donor Education Program. He's traveling the state, educating people about the realities of organ donation.
Members of the Greater Second Mount Olive Baptist Church in Albany give thanks for life, a prayer that former NFL star Bobby Howard says everyday. Howard says, "Somebody gave me something very important that was life." Howard received a life saving kidney transplant nearly 8 years ago, and today, prayed and sang with church members, trying to spread a message he says is not being heard.
Howard says, "I can remember when I first went to get the drivers license ask if I want to be a donor I said yes didn't see harm but when I was in need and saw lack of donors very alarming." African American's make up the majority of people in Georgia waiting for a transplant.
Several members of this church are recipients of organ donation, and even they say they're not surprised some do not participate. Transplant Recipient Peggy Lyons says, "Some of the religious elders believe you take everything with them when they pass on but God has given us a command to love, and part of command tells us to give life." And organ recipients say its a gift that is the greatest act of love.
In Georgia, 66 percent of people waiting for a kidney transplant are African American. Black men who suffer from hypertension, which can lead to kidney failure, are 20 times more likely to need a transplant.