Travis Spire-Sweet just returned from visiting Washington DC with the American Association of Kidney Patients.
Travis Spire-Sweet just returned from visiting Washington DC with the American Association of Kidney Patients. While there he met with Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Roy Blunt, and Representative Sam Graves to discus a legislation bill called Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2011. This bill would extend the medicare drug coverage of drug therapy post transplant to life of the organ rather than stopping after 36 months. Drug coverage cost $17,000-$20,000 a year while dialysis cost upwards of $70,000 a year. It is in the interest of both patient and cost efficiency to pay out $17,000 a year rather than $70,000 a year. Not to mention the amount of lives that could be saved by this bill.
From astronomy to acupunture,
Belinder Health and Science Fair has it all
Kids at the fair got to try out yoga and acupuncture (with their parents' permission, of course).
Belinder students and parents packed the school’s halls and classrooms Thursday for the second Health and Science fair.
The event featured 39 interactive learning stations for kids — the most popular among them an inflatable planetarium that filled up a big chunk of the library:
The first fair was held two years ago, and financed with a grant from the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation. This year, the Belinder PTA raised funds for the event, and expanded its focus from just health and wellness to include more of the hard sciences as well.
This meant that kids got to have a biology lesson with live animals…:
…and that science class favorite, owl pellet dissection…:
...as well as get a little exercise. The NFL’s Play 60 campaign had a series of challenges set up in the gym, including a running harness attached to a giant wheel. Intense:
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