A Wayne State University School of Medicine student has launched a campaign to renew awareness of HIV and AIDS during the 30th anniversary of the diseases' identification.

Phillip Kucab, a second-year medical student, created World AIDS Day Detroit to call greater attention to the disease. Kucab said that HIV and AIDS, now that they are no longer a certain death sentence, seem to have dropped off the radar of many in the United States.

While over the last decade the media has shined the spotlight on AIDS in Africa, Kucab said, the fact that those with the condition can now live extended lives through drug therapy appears to have diminished the attention paid to AIDS in the United States. To remedy that lack of awareness, Kucab has formed World AIDS Day Detroit, which is set for Dec. 1 and coincides with the 30th anniversary of the identification of AIDS.

Many of the events scheduled for the day will feature Jeanne White-Ginder, the mother of Ryan White, who became a symbol of HIV/AIDS victims and helped break down the social stigmas related to the disease. Ryan, a hemophiliac who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion, was diagnosed in 1984. He put a different face to the disease, which at that time was largely regarded and dismissed as a disease affecting only gay men. His efforts to be accepted by his community and society at large led to friendships with celebrities such as Elton John and Michael Jackson. Ryan died at age 18 in 1990. His mother has continued his legacy of education and compassion for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones.

Kucab, a native of Sterling Heights, also is a hemophiliac. "I have lost a lot of people I know to contaminated blood transfusions," he said. Among those was his cousin, Michael Verb, a hemophiliac who contracted HIV and Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion. Verb died in 1993 at age 17, Kucab said.

While Kucab launched the project, the effort has attracted the support of many School of Medicine students, as well as community agencies and leaders, including AIDS activist Max Fisher, son of AIDS activist Mary Fisher and grandson of Detroit philanthropist and businessman Max M. Fisher. Organizations supporting the project include the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Medical Library, the Michigan Department of Community Health, Affirmations, AIDS Partnership Michigan, the Michigan AIDS Coalition, Community Health Awareness Group, the STITCHES Doll Project and the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan. Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour and WSU School of Medicine Dean Valerie M. Parisi serve on the World AIDS Day Detroit Honorary Host Committee.

The agenda includes a breakfast for mayors of Southeast Michigan sponsored by the School of Medicine and featuring Gilmour, Parisi and White-Ginder. Other events include the Michigan Department of Community Health World AIDS Day Meeting, which includes education sessions and workshops for Detroit area schools and community members; a screening of "Bad Blood," a film that chronicles how HIV entered the blood supply, with the producer, director and cast members at the Fillmore Theater; and a program in the evening featuring a keynote address by White-Ginder.

For more information on World AIDS Day Detroit and how you can participate, visit www.worldaidsdaydetroit.com.
The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) will gather friends and supporters at the MGM Grand Detroit—Grand Ballroom on December 3, 2011 for the 7th Annual Kidney Ball.

The event, which features the theme “Motown Magic” every year, will include a night of live music, great food, cocktails, and an after party, all making it the most fun charity event in metro Detroit. Last year’s Kidney Ball raised over $500,000 for the NKFM’s many programs and services that help more than 900,000 Michigan residents living with chronic kidney disease.

The spectacular evening, which attracts more than 700 of metro Detroit’s givers and shakers, will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and a fabulous dinner served at 7:30 p.m. There will also be an exciting live auction along with an expansive and unique silent auction. Guests can also enjoy dancing and listening to the soulful sounds of the Jerry Ross Band after dinner.

Jim Vella, President of the Ford Fund, and Vivian Pickard, President of the GM Foundation, will serve as the Honorary Chairs of the 2011 Kidney Ball. Blanche Mack and Myra Moreland will be this year’s Event Chairs. The evening wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the Kidney Ball Presenting Sponsor, Meijer, as well as the many other sponsors and supporters of the event.

“With so many challenges in our state things are not likely to get easier for people with kidney disease. Supporting the 2011 Kidney Ball can continue to help make their lives better,” said Dan Carney, President and CEO of the NKFM. “We invite everyone to take a step back into the Motown era and support an organization whose mission truly is to make a difference.”

Tickets for the event are $250 per guest and can be purchased by calling the NKFM at 800-482-1455. More information about the event is available at www.kidneyball.org or you can get regular updates from the NKFM (including Kidney Ball updates) at www.facebook.com/KidneyMI.

The NKFM, voted “Best Managed Nonprofit” of 2003 by Crain’s Detroit Business, and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1955.  Since its inception, the NKFM has led the fight against kidney disease and has increased awareness of the critical need for organ and tissue donations.  The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it.  The NKFM is widely known for providing more programs and services to more people than any other region or state.

A VIP reception will take place from 5–6 p.m. at INT ICE on the lower level of the MGM Grand. This is a great opportunity to take pictures of and speak with some of the key people involved in the Kidney Ball.
A new item is now available at local favorite Buddy’s Pizza – and while it’s not edible, it will help provide food for metro Detroiters in need.

Now through Dec. 24, customers at Buddy’s Pizza will have the opportunity to donate $1 to The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit and receive a paper Red Kettle that can be signed and displayed in the store.

Paper Red Kettles can be purchased across metro Detroit at all nine Buddy’s Pizza locations (see below for complete list). Funds raised through the sale of paper kettles will help maintain vital human services such as food and shelter for local children and adults throughout the year.

“With Michigan’s poverty rate now at 16.8 percent, we are grateful partners like Buddy’s have joined together to support The Salvation Army in doing the most good during this time of need,” said Major Mark Anderson, general secretary and metro Detroit area commander. “Each and every dollar makes a real difference in the lives of those in need.”

Buddy’s Pizza has nine convenient locations:

2612 N Squirrel Rd

Auburn Hills, MI 48326


3637 W Maple Rd

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301


22148 Michigan Ave

Dearborn, MI 48124


17125 Conant St

Detroit, MI 48212


31646 Northwestern Hwy

Farmington Hills, MI 4834


19163 Mack Ave

Grosse Pointe, MI 48236


33605 Plymouth Rd

Livonia, MI 48150


32218 Woodward Ave

Royal Oak, MI 48073


8100 Old Thirteen Mile Rd

Warren, MI 48093


It is under a week to go!  The Detroit Titans will honor their former head coach and athletic director—Dick Vitale-- Dec. 5 when they name the newly-constructed floor “Dick Vitale Court” at Calihan Hall in a special pre-game ceremony.  Be sure to be part of history as one of the most recognizable faces, and voices in college basketball, returns to the Motor City for an ESPN2 game against St. John's University.

Vitale will be greeted at a special VIP luncheon at the Detroit Golf Club at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.  He will then be ushered to Calihan Hall for the official court dedication ceremony, beginning at 6:15 p.m.  Tip time for the game against the Red Storm is 7:05 p.m.  John Saunders and Fran Fraschilla have the call of the historic night to the nationally-televised audience.

Tickets are going fast for this event.  Contact the Titan ticket office at 313-993-1700 for ticket information or to reserve your spot at the VIP luncheon.  You can also purchase tickets online at www.detroittitans.com/tix or through any TicketMaster outlet.


The first 1,000 fans (floor seating) will receive a commemorative Dick Vitale Court Dedication T-shirt.  The National Anthem will be performed by Detroit Music Hall of Famer Thornetta Davis.

A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the “V Foundation”, in support of Dick Vitale's long-time friend and colleague, Jim Valvano, who lost his battle with cancer in 1993.  The V Foundation has awarded more than $90 million to more than 100 facilities nationwide and proudly awards 100% of direct donations and net event proceeds to cancer research.


Dec. 5, 2011 Dick Vitale Court Dedication-- Detroit vs. St. John's
3:30 pm VIP reception at Detroit Golf Club
5:30 pm Doors open at Calihan Hall
6:15 pm Pre-game dedication ceremony
7:05 pm Tip-off vs. St. John's (ESPN2)

Photo From Model D
Sarah Lapinski, Detroit fashion designer and founder of Wound Menswear, is kicking off her second annual "100 Coats in 10 Days" drive to help keep those in need warm this holiday season.


Drop off locations include:

MOCAD

City Bird

Nest

Universal Images

Spirit of Hope Church

Click HERE to listen to her interview with WDET discussing 100 Coats in 10 Days. 





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