Dees’ personal mission to help children with cancer ‘have more birthdays’


 

Becky Dees walking in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend event in memory of her son, Greg Dees. (Submitted photo)

It gives her a purpose and helps her through the grieving process. It helps keep her son’s memory alive while helping children with the biggest fight of their lives.

Becky Dees is a local photographer and instructor at Winona Public Schools. In the past few years, she supported her son through a serious battle with leukemia. Last year, Greg Dees lost his battle. But #TEAMDEES is determined to keep his memory alive by helping children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital “have more birthdays.”

“It gives me a purpose and helps me to keep Greg’s memory alive while helping other families that have cancer to have a better chance of survival,” Dees said. “Everyone needs to have more birthdays, and parents should never have to bury their children.” Continue reading

Locals participate in the Memphis Marathon Weekend


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Winona Marathon Team members include: (front row) Mike Kotecki, Amber Austin, Belinda Morrison, Rachel Watkins, Murry Catherine Alderman, Lexie Flowers, Betsy Tompkins, (back) Becky Dees, Erica Dees, Shoni Montgomery and Chris McRae.

For many Winona High School team members, the race was part of a personal mission to help cancer patients and their caregivers.

Several Winona residents traveled to Memphis on Dec. 3 to take part in the 2016 St. Jude Memphis Marathon.

The race course takes participants through downtown Memphis, including the campus of St. Jude.

“That is a very overwhelming and emotional time,” said Amber Austin, marathon participant from Winona. “Seeing the children and parents waving and cheering for us provided me with the endurance I needed to pick up my pace and motivated me to finish. I can’t wait until next year.”

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Southern Remedies host to help at Community Health Fair set for Feb. 28


DeShazo, Richard .jpg__320x448_q85You’ve heard his great advice on Mississippi Public Radio’s Southern Remedies, but on Feb. 28, Dr. Rick deShazo will be in Columbus for the Team HOPE Community Health Fair.

DeShazo and his team of University of Mississippi Medical Center staff and medical students will be on hand for the Community Health Fair, set for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in Columbus’ First United Methodist Church Family Life Center (located at 502 Main Street in Columbus – enter at the 6th Street North entrance).

The free event will have screenings for glucose, blood pressure and body mass index, along with other informative health topics. Informational tables for churches interested in starting a health-related ministry will also be part of the event. The community and area churches are invited to attend.

DeShazo said he hopes that people who attend this free health fair screening will come to understand that “the majority of chronic illnesses that have led to Mississippi’s health crisis are preventable.”

“Knowing your health numbers and having access to health care improves the length and quality of life,” deShazo said. Continue reading

Starkville District UMC launches TEAM HOPE


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   One-third of Jesus’ earthly ministry dealt with health and wellness, the holistic healing of mind, body, spirit, relationships, etc.
    With a Biblical mandate to follow Christ, healthcare has always been a major emphasis in missions worldwide. And while missionaries around the world deal with health crisis, few churches are working to deal with the health crisis in the United States.
   The United Methodist Church is working to change that on a state and local level.
   Starkville District Superintendent Dr. Embra Jackson said health and wellness has always played an important role, but is now developing into a major emphasis with the creation of the new TEAM HOPE, a healthcare advocacy team designed to promote health and wellness within the eight counties comprising the Starkville District.
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