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New Doctors Get White Coats in Mercer Ceremony

The professional finish line has been crossed for a group of Mercer graduates today, and it's been a long road filled with hard coursework and challenging hours.       

Medical school graduates received white coats in a ceremony at the Medical Center of Central Georgia this afternoon.

Nearly 30 new doctors took part in the celebration at MCCG, marking the beginning of residencies.

Dr Ashton Miller graduated in May, and is planning to go into dermatology after finishing a year of internal studies. 

Cancer Camp Offers Summer Fun to Children of Ill Parents

For many kids, the countdown to summer camp means fun in the sun, but for the kids at the 'United in Pink' Summer Day Camp in North Macon at the Forest Hills United Methodist Church, this family-themed camp goes way beyond playtime for best friends Branden Glover and Cayden Pugh.

It's a place where children of breast cancer survivors unite, whether it's through nutrition seminars, arts and crafts, or physical activity.

Cayden says, "It means a lot to me because my mom had breast cancer."

For one week in June, Branden and Cayden attend this empowerment program.

"When I first came, I didn't know anybody. My friend Brandon, we're in the same class. He's been here ever since I came here," says Cayden.

Dr. Bowden Templeton is the camp's clinical director.  He said, "It strikes me as hard for words, but it's invaluable. Many of them have said over the years they didn't even know what they're saying, but just how meaningful (the camp is)."

Census: Minority Population Growing

Census: Minority Population Growing

Bibb County's minority population has reached 58.8 percent, according to Census Bureau statistics and USATODAY research.

By Greg Toppo and Paul Overberg, USATODAY (Click for the full, interactive map)

What's at Mulberry Street Market Today

What's at Mulberry Street Market Today

Mulberry Market is open from 4-7 p.m. today in downtown Macon across from The Grand!


Seasonal Produce


Baby Flat Leaf Spinach



Bok Choy

Brussel Sprouts 





Green Onions

Jalapeno Peppers


Sweet Onions 


Mixed Greens  

Mustard Greens 

Mushrooms (Shiitake, Oyster & Lion's Mane) 

Pak Choy

Pea Tendrils



The Medical Center Will Host Bone Marrow Drive

The Medical Center of Central Georgia and its community partners will hold a bone marrow registry drive on Friday, June 14th from 7-10 am and from 3-6 pm. Nancy White, the Director of Oncology, said there is a need for donors in the Central Georgia area. 

"We have a lot of blood cancers in this area and it's very important that we again step up to the plate for our community and that our local citizenship  registers so that we have an adequate bank of possibilities out there," said White. 

The drive is to register people, and White says the process is simple. All you have to do is fill out a consent form and get a cheek swab for genetic matching. 

"It's really simple because what you are doing actually is joining a registry. It's not like you are going to a blood drive and actually giving blood you are joining registry so you can see if you actually match someone that needs a bone marrow transplant," said White. 

Middle Georgia Art Show Honors Cancer Survivors

This month you can check a special event at the Middle Georgia Art Association. This is a new experience for most of the folks that will see their creations under professional lights.

It's called "Celebrate Art... Celebrate Life."

Linda Embry says she always got regular check-ups but when her doctor wanted her to get a mammogram she balked.

"I said to the doctor, do I have to go for one and she said, 'Of course you do,'" Linda recalled.

After that test her life was never the same, Linda had two lumps.

"I went in and did a lumpectomy and that wasn't going to work so they took the whole breast off and it was traumatic," she said.

That was three years ago, now Linda finds herself in a unique position.

Gene Flaws Common in African Americans with Breast Cancer

CHICAGO (AP) - Researchers have found that gene flaws that raise the risk of breast cancer in black women may be behind more cases of the disease in black woman than previously thought.

A study of 250 African American breast cancer patients from Chicago found that about one-fifth of them had one of these faulty genes.

A mutation in one of the BRCA genes recently led actress Angelina Jolie to have preventive surgery to remove her breasts.

Doctors say genetic counseling should be offered to black women who develop breast cancer at an early age or a particularly aggressive type. They may want to consider more frequent screening or preventive options, which include less drastic measures than breast removal.