UroMed Sponsors 9th Annual Walk-N-Roll for Georgia Spina Bifida Association

UroMed and Edgepark, two national catheter supply companies, are proudly supporting the 9th Annual Walk-N-Roll to benefit the Spina Bifida Association of Georgia on September 28, 2014. The Spina Bifida population in Georgia is estimated at 3,000 children and adults.EdgeParkUroMedlockedlogos

walknrollGeorgia, Get Ready to Walk-N-Roll!

The Spina Bifida Association of Georgia’s 9th Walk-N-Roll will be held on September 28, 2014 on Georgia Tech’s Campus at 266 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta GA 30332. There is free accessible parking at the event. Check-in starts at 2pm and the walk will begin at 3:30pm.

This year, SBAG is striving to continue with programming that helps:

  • those living with Spina Bifida,
  • families supporting those with Spina Bifida and
  • the community caregivers that support people living with Spina Bifida.

sba picsSBAG is working to expand their Train the Trainers program statewide reaching out to more public schools.  Additionally, they are working with teens and young adults to help build independent living skills.  Also, they are trying to provide more care coordination via the phone with their contract nurse.  The money raised through the Walk-N-Roll will help grow these programs while SBAG continues with community outreach.

The Walk-N-Roll for Spina Bifida is a family-friendly, 1.375 mile walk event being held to raise awareness about Spina Bifida and celebrate the accomplishments of the families in Georgia who are affected by it.

Spina Bifida Association of Georgia Walk-N-Roll Details

If you would like to help in any of these areas or have other talents to offer, please email: kdicarlo@spinabifidaga.org or call 770-939-1044

When: September 28, 2014 2:00 pm

Location: Klaus Advanced Computing Building; 266 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 — Free Parking

For more information: http://spinabifidaga.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=500

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Spina Bifida Statistics

kids sbaSpina Bifida is the most common permanently-disabling birth defect. It affects eight births per day in the United States; currently an estimated 180,000 people in the United States are living with Spina Bifida. The Spina Bifida population in Georgia is estimated to be up to 3,000 children and adults.

People with Spina Bifida often face additional medical concerns, including:

  • Latex allergy: Research studies have shown that up to 73% of children and adolescents with Spina Bifida are sensitive to latex. UroMed carries a complete line of Latex-Free catheters and urological products for patients with latex sensitivities.
  • Urologic Care and management: Using Catheters

    According to the Spina Bifida Association, the urologic care of children with Spina Bifida has undergone several important changes in the last decade. The emphasis is now on early catherization of the child’s lower urinary tract function and preventive treatment to preserve both kidney and bladder function in an attempt to maximize the child’s long-term health.

About the UroMed-Edgepark Family

Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is a leading national supply company that provides catheters and urological products to patients with Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. Many of our patients have conditions like Spinal Cord Injury, Spina Bifida, or Multiple Sclerosis. UroMed is a nationally accredited organization, a Medicare provider and a participant in most state Medicaid plans. UroMed also partners with thousands of private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products.


UroMed and Edgepark, two of the leading distributors of urological and continence care supplies, are now working as one team. We’ve combined all the things we do best — excellent service, comprehensive product choice and free, fast delivery — to provide you more options and even greater convenience along with expanded insurance coverage.

For more information, please visit http://www.uromed.com or call 1-800-841-1233.

Aimee Bruder Begins Training To Compete In The Paralympics

Aimee went to college with big dreams for herself.

Aimee went to college with big dreams for herself.

Editor’s Note:  37 year old Aimee Bruder has had cerebral palsy all her life. She qualified for her sixth Paralympic Games this year. She attended her first Paralympic Games in 1992. She competes in the freestyle, the breast stroke, the individual medley and the backstroke. She won three bronze medals in the Atlanta Paralympic Games, a silver medal from the Sydney, Australia Paralympic Games and a bronze medal at China. She qualified in North Dakota on June 14th – 16th, 2012, to swim the 50 meter backstroke for her classification. Athletes with cerebral palsy compete according to the amount of function they have. The highest functioning athletes are classified as S10. The athletes with the least amount of physical function are classified as S1. All her classifications were deleted this year, so she has moved up to a higher classification and will be swimming the 100 freestyle, the 200 freestyle, and the 100 breast stroke in the S5 classification. However, she still will be able to swim the backstroke in the S4 classification. Part 4 of a 5 part series.

“I always thought that I would go into sports administration and possibly become an athletic director,” Aimee Bruder explains. “So, I went to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. As I was taking my core classes and trying to prepare for my junior year, I had a change of heart. I decided I did not really like my major and wanted to transfer. I always had wanted to go to Eastern Kentucky, but I thought because it was out of state, the fees would be too expensive for me to attend there. I liked Eastern Kentucky and would have liked to go there my freshman year. So, when the time came for me to decide what classes I needed to take my junior year of college, I went and looked at Eastern Kentucky University. I loved the school as soon as I saw it. Looking at the catalogue, I found they offered a degree in therapeutic recreation. At the time, Eastern Kentucky had not kept up with inflation like many other schools had. I learned that I would have to pay the same price to attend a college in Indiana that I would have to pay if I went out of state to Eastern Kentucky. I was swimming in the Masters Swim Team program at Ball State. I found that my dad, because he was a teacher, knew someone at Eastern Kentucky who was a professor there. He told the professor that he knew that I was planning to come to Eastern Kentucky, so the professor agreed to take me on my tour of the campus. As luck would have it, this professor was also the swim coach at Eastern Kentucky.

Aimee had to make a big decision regarding where she attended school.

Aimee had to make a big decision regarding where she attended school. Photo source.

“Eastern Kentucky did not have a competitive swim team, however there was a club swim team and a high school swim team near the campus with whom I could train. The coach at the college was the late Tim Cahill. My dad had told Mr. Cahill some about my swimming. When I went for my school visit atEastern Kentucky, Coach Cahill said, ‘I heard you like to swim,’ and I told him, ‘Yes, I really do.’ He told me that once I was enrolled and accepted, ‘Why don’t you come to swim club practice, and I will see if I can help you or not.’ Of course he had never seen me swim before. I told him that I wanted to train to compete in the 1996 Paralympic Games. I knew that to make the Paralympic team, I would have to train really hard, do the best I could and leave everything else up to God. I already had attended the Paralympic Games in 1992 and knew I wanted to return if I could.”

“When I arrived at Eastern Kentucky and told my late coach Tim Cahill that I wanted to train for the next Paralympic Games 2 years away, he said, ‘Let’s work together for a trial period,’” Bruder remembers. “He said, ‘Once we figure out if you and I can work together to train for the Paralympic Games, then we will move on from there.’” Every swimmer is different, and the relationship between the coach and the swimmer had to work for both. The coach had to believe in and be willing to sacrifice his time for his swimmer. The swimmer had to be able to work out his or her schedule to meet the coach’s demands. But, more importantly, there had to be a bond between the coach and the swimmer – much like a marriage. They both had to be willing to work and train hard enough to help the athlete to become the best that he or she could be. Without the bond between the athlete and the coach reaching to the highest level, competition in any sport would be extremely difficult, because a great coach would push the athlete beyond his or her perceived limitations.

Aimee was willing to work hard and train even harder.

Aimee was willing to work hard and train even harder.

“Coach Cahill needed to know and see that I was willing to work out as long and as hard as he would push me,” Bruder reports. “We were two different individuals coming from two entirely different backgrounds. So, we had to have a trial period to see if we could work together.” But after 3 days of working together, Coach Cahill came to Aimee and said, “Okay, we can work together, and I will help train you for the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.” At the 1996 Paralympic Games, Aimee Bruder won three bronze medals in swimming. Aimee Bruder was and is more than an athlete. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University cum laude in 1998 with a degree in therapeutic recreation.  After graduation, she returned home to Cincinnati, got a job in an independent living center and continued to train with the Cincinnati Marlins swim club, a Masters swim club which has athletes of all ages and all ability levels. The age group requirements to be part of a Masters swim club are from 18 to 100+ years old. So, Bruder went to swim practice every day after work to train for the next Paralympic Games. “My coach back then was Paige Lumpkins. I trained with her up until 2002, right before the World Championships.”

Next: Aimee Bruder Prepares For The London 2012 Paralympics

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at http://www.nighthawkpublications.com