Media Tip Sheet - December 2017

Stories and Events for December 2017

(Phoenix, AZ, December 1, 2017)

St. Joseph’s to Put D-Backs in the Hot Seat for Great Shave-Off Event
On Friday, Dec. 1 the U of A Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center will showcase the Great Shave-Off—the annual culmination of “no shave November” to raise awareness and money for men’s cancer care.  High-profile participants, including Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall and former star Luis Gonzales, will participate as professional barbers complete the shave-off in a lively outdoor barbershop setting—complete with a genuine barbershop quartet. Media should arrive at 9:45 a.m. The center is located at 626 N. 6h St. in Phoenix. Call 602.677.2207 upon arrival.

St. Joseph’s Transplant Patients to Receive Special Visit from Santa at Annual Holiday Celebration
On Friday, Dec. 1, approximately 100 individuals who have undergone lung, liver or kidney transplants will gather at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center for an annual holiday tea to give thanks and celebrate life. They will also receive a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus during this year’s event. Media is invited to cover the event, which will begin at 1 p.m. Please call 602.406.3312 for more information. 

Barrow Performs Novel Surgery to Halt Seizures in Patients with Epilepsy
Barrow Neurological Institute recently performed its first surgery using a novel technology similar to a pacemaker to reduce and halt seizures in patients with epilepsy and other types of seizure disorders. The technology consists a small, implantable neurostimulator connected to tiny wires that are placed in areas of the brain in which seizures occur. The neurostimulator monitors brain activity, detects any unusual activity and responds by sending brief pulses to the brain to instantly disrupt the unusual activity and stop a seizure from occurring. More information about the new technology will be sent soon. 

Famed Bondurant School to Offer Rare Public Racing Experience that Benefits Barrow Program
Barrow Neurological Institute and the famed Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving will offer the public a rare chance to experience racing at Barrow’s Driving to Excel event on Thursday, Dec. 7. All participants experience hot laps up to 110 mph with professional Bondurant drivers. In addition, participants with a valid driver’s license and at least six months driving experience receive specialized instruction and have the opportunity to drive a high-performance race car on the skills pad. Special hand control adaptations are available upon request for drivers with disabilities. The special event also features dinner and a silent auction to benefit the Barrow Connection program, which is committed to bridging the gap between hospital and community for individuals with neurological disabilities. Call 602.406.3312 for more details. 

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