Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us from Children's of Alabama for the Concussion Summit. The Concussion Clinic at Children's of Alabama was established to provide evaluation, treatment and medical clearance for "return to play" for youth and teenage athletes in our community. The strength of the program lies in our interdisciplinary focus: skilled athletic trainers, nurses and physicians from the divisions of Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, Neurosurgery, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Neuropsychology, working together to optimize the management of children and adolescents who have suffered a concussion. Another important part of our mission involves working with the Alabama sports community to educate parents, trainers, coaches and athletic directors about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of concussion in young athletes.
ST. JUDE - There are about 176,000 newly diagnosed cases of childhood cancer worldwide in children 14 and younger each year. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital leads the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is able to continue its lifesaving mission thanks to the funds and support raised through 31,000 fundraising activities coordinated annually, such as galas, fitness events and radiothons. They also participate in special fundraising initiatives such as St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign, Math-A-Thon, Trike-A-Thon and the St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway. Thanks to people like you, no family ever receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, so families can concentrate on what matters most – helping their child live. Janice talked with Richard Shadyac Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Carlos, a 24-year-old cancer survivor and former patient from Arkansas.
BBJ - Mike talked with Alan Alexander from the Birmingham Business Journal. They discussed the reduction in red tape for Alabama health projects and the impact of general fund budget cuts on Medicaid and health care for many Alabamians. For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.
COMEDIAN - Jon Reep returns to Birmingham! Maybe you saw him during the super bowl in a Sierra Mist commercial. If not then you probably know him as the Hemi guy. Jon is known to millions as the loveable redheaded redneck in the Dodge Ram commercials who leans out of a beat-up car and utters the now famous line: "That thing gotta Hemi?" But before that he was already one of the funniest comics in America, selling out clubs and getting standing ovations at college after college across the country. His show is a supersonic energy filled with non-stop characters, dead-on impressions, super clever writing, and, of course, the one talent that separates Jon from all other comedians in the world: He's the best redneck dancer since Elvis. Come out and see one of the country's really great comedians, the Hip Hick, the Southern Dance Machine, "The Hemi Guy." For tickets or more information for this weekend's appearances, call the Stardome at 205-444-0008 or visit www.stardome.com.
ZOO CREW - Rebekah Daniels joins us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Mickey to the Bearded d'Uccle Chicken. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to www.birminghamzoo.com.
TAYLOR HICKS - Taylor Hicks returns home for some special concerts! He's performing at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre this weekend! Last week he returned to the stage where his fame began.... for the finale of American Idol. He performed with Latoya London. Taylor continues on tour this spring along the east coast. For more information on the platinum-selling entertainer, visit www.TaylorHicks.com.
Next week on Good Day Alabama, we show you how to protect yourself from a new scam targeting people buying a new house! Earth Day is next week and we look at green technology to save you money and natural resources! Enjoy some gumbo for a great cause! Getting ready to travel this summer? We get some great pointers to save you time and money! Get your gear in order for all those summer activities.... in Our House, we get some great organizing advice for your house! Jeh Jeh looks forward to a fun week as he checks out the latest designer home, takes us trackside for the Honda Indy Grand Prix, and checks out some great creations at the Magic City Art Connection! Join us for this and much more next week on Good Day!