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Regular Prostate Screenings Can Save Lives Memorial Hermann Greater Heights For The Leader If you love your dad, you go with him to a baseball game. If you love your brother, you laugh at his corny jokes. If you love your significant other, you cook his favorite dinner. But high on your list of show-him-you-love-him should be encouraging your favorite guys to be screened regularly for prostate cancer. It takes less time than nine innings at Minute Maid Park. Prostate cancer is the most common solid tumor in men (comparable in occurrence to breast cancer in women). Approximately one in seven men will develop prostate cancer during his lifetime. When the tumor is clinically localized – just in the prostate – it is most often curable. Adam Hollander, MD, and Richard Kim, MD, urologists affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, agree that screening is the key to detecting prostate cancer early and treating it before it spreads. Dr. Hollander recommends starting annual screenings at 50, or as early as 45 for those with a high risk factor. Men with a family history (brother or father) or who are African-

American are at highest risk. Regular screening can be done by either the primary care physician (PCP) or a urologist, often as part of a regular annual physical. It’s a two-part process that includes a physical exam and a blood test. The physical exam checks for abnormalities, including enlargement or inflammation, in the prostate. The blood test looks for an elevated level of PSA (prostate specific antigen), an enzyme released by the prostate that is found in unusually high concentrations in men with prostate cancer. Results are usually available within a day. Only a small percentage of tests come back positive and a normal reading is much more frequent. Nonetheless, “it’s important to start early,” Dr. Hollander says, “not because of the possibility of finding cancer, but because yearly screenings provide a baseline.” When the screening is done regularly, it helps the doctor see a trend. If a test comes back in what Hollander calls a “grey area,” it is much easier to interpret the results. Prostate cancer is slowgrowing – generally developing over a period of years rather than weeks – although,

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internal Medicine/Pediatrics Nutrition/ Weight Loss Photo supplied Physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital recommend annual prostate cancer screenings at age 50, or as early as 45 for those with high risk factors. Regular screenings can be done by either a primary care physician or a urologist.

Dr. Hollander says, “it varies from cancer to cancer and patient to patient.” If a patient is over 75 or has other serious health issues, aggressive treatment may not be the best approach. A healthy 50-year-old, however, can benefit from treatment. The method depends on the stage. It may involve nothing more than close observation in early stages, with radiation or surgery to remove the tumor in

more advanced cases. Surgery versus radiation? The choice is generally up to the individual, based on a discussion with his physician regarding side effects, expected outcomes and the patient’s unique characteristics – age, weight, general health and prior surgeries. Active surveillance can also be an option for less aggressive cancers, which can be determined with testing. A minimally invasive robotic

procedure is now the standard of care when surgery is the best option. Most men will never need to pick a treatment option, but one thing is certain: yearly screening is always the best option for good health. Schedule an appointment with Memorial Hermann Medical Group Greater Heights Urology at mhmg. memorialhermann.org or call 713.244.6999.

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Photo Zach Maxwell Susan Jadlowski, CEO of Memorial Hermann Greater Heights, was guest speaker at the second Women at Work luncheon on May 4.

Jadlowski offers advice to attendees By Zach Maxwell zach@theleadernews.com Susan Jadlowski, CEO of Memorial Hermann Greater Heights, had some advice for working ladies that could have come straight out of a Disney animated epic. “Let it go.” Long before the phrase was popularized by Elsa in Frozen, Jadlowski had these seven letters boldly displayed in her office to help her through decisions large and small. “I look at that at least five or six times a day,” she said. Cards featuring this phrase were given to all the ladies who attended the second annual Women at Work luncheon on May 4, held at the hospital and hosted by McElvy Media – the parent group of The Leader newspaper. Jadlowski served as guest speaker for the event, which cast a spotlight on women

who balance career and family every day. Supporters of the event offered dinners, spa coupons and other door prizes as a way to show appreciation to nearly 100 Heights and Oak Forest area women who attended. Jadlowski was one of them. She took the group on a quick tour of her rise through the medical profession, which started with her pursuit of a nursing career. She nearly entered a convent to become a nun until she met her future husband: “He changed my mind.” It wasn’t long until Jadlowski found herself balancing a continuous flow of school, career and motherhood. Persistence led her into management and she is now CEO of a 260-bed hospital with 1,300 employees and 10 times that number of admissions per year. “What I tell my grand-

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daughter is, if you want to do something bad enough, there is always a way,” she said. “You have to find your support, surround yourself with that. It’s being focused, working through the issues and not giving up.” She also shared a story she calls her “My Why,” as in why she comes to work every day in the health care profession. After many years away from nursing, the role was thrust upon her during Hurricane Harvey. One patient, a visiting member of the media who was electrocuted while covering the storm, became her “My Why.” She took a personal interest in his case. He recovered and proposed to his girlfriend right there in the hospital. Regardless of profession, job description and family construct, Jadlowski urged all the ladies out there who work to find their “My Why.”

In the midst of receiving a massive facelift, one of Houston’s most prominent parks could soon be home to a major PGA tour event. According to a report from the Houston Business Journal, Memorial Park has emerged as a candidate for the annual event’s future home, after Golf Club of Houston – which has hosted the Houston Open since 2003 – announced last week that it would no longer host the region’s annual PGA event. The announcement leaves the Houston Open without a title sponsor or site for the 2019 PGA tour. The tournament was played this past March without a title sponsor and financed in part by the HGA, according to a report from the Golf Channel. Mayor Sylvester Turner had previously expressed interest in shifting the tournament back within Houston city limits, where it has not been for more than four decades. Negotiations for sponsorships and other aspects remain ongoing. “This move would place the tournament on center stage in downtown Houston, creating a central location for the city to rally around. Houston Proud Partners of the Houston Open would have the opportunity to collaborate with the Houston Golf Association on this historic move and make a lasting statement that would be seen for generations,” a city proposal read according to HBJ. Golf Club of Houston is located in northeastern Harris County, just outside of Humble city limits. It was a convenient spot for golf commuters, who could fly in to Bush Intercontinental Airport and take shuttle buses the final five miles from terminal to tee box. However, the location allowed golf visitors to largely bypass Houston, as the golf course is nearly 20 miles from downtown. Memorial Park hosted the Houston leg of the PGA tournament from 1951 until 1963. The tournament’s history dates back to 1946 and was first played at River Oaks Country Club, then Memorial in 1947 before roaming once more. It has been played at a total of 11 courses in three counties throughout the greater Houston area.

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The Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights now offers 3-D mammograms, the latest in early breast cancer detection. Breast tomosynthesis is an innovative, FDA-approved digital technology that helps your physician detect smaller tumors sooner – at the earliest stages of breast cancer. The Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital has been granted full re-accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), one of only three centers with this accreditation in Greater Houston.

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Oak Forest resident is the author of six novels By Zarah Parker zarah@theleadernews.com Russell J. Sanders has authored six young adult novels, with one more set to release in the fall, all from the comfort of his Oak Forest residence. Sanders, having grown up in Fort Worth and became a teacher in Brownsville, moved to Houston to be with family and has been here almost forty years, with half of those years spent on Chippendale Road. His love for the written word was planted in his childhood, “I have always loved reading, my mother instilled that in me,” Sanders said. His mother always had a book with her everywhere she went. “I always loved English class; I always loved writing. I majored in Music in college with enough credit for a minor in theater. But I’ve always taught in addition to music and theater, English,” Sanders said. He went on to explain that most of his teaching experience has been with English and writing. At first, he never considered himself a writer, but when teaching others, he found it helped if he wrote with his students to make them more comfortable doing the writing exercises. “I taught a method where everything my students did was right. We never had objective tests. They always wrote and usually it was a creative assignment,” Sanders said. After retiring as a teacher

Photo supplied Oak Forest resident Russell J. Sanders is author of six young adult novels.

Sanders decided to take a writing class in children’s literature. One of the instructors of the class, who was a Newbery Award finalist, encouraged him to keep writing. So, he went out and found a group of writers, where he found his niche in young adult. The group would submit pages to one another for critique— helping them find the mistakes in their work they hadn’t seen before. His most recent book release, Titanic Summer, was first started in that group about nine years ago. But the group began to change and with new members coming and going, Sanders thought it was time to branch off on his own. Around that time he had a book, Thirteen Therapists, accepted for publishing by Featherweight Press. When his second book,

Special Effect, was ready for submission Sanders found another publishing company, Harmony Ink Press, who has also published his other novels. “I write in a burst of enthusiasm. I get an idea, I sit down, and in about three weeks I finish the novel. Then I will reread it and then sort of put it away and wait three or four months before rereading it again. I do revisions and once I’m satisfied I submit it,” Sanders said. The revision process of Titanic Summer was a lot different and took longer to complete. He had the initial premise years ago, but through the editing process discovered the story in need of a complete flip of the main character and added many other characters. During the time Sanders was working through the novel Houston voters rejected Proposition 1, known as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). This was a great loss to him, so he implemented HERO into Titanic Summer, making the revisal process longer. Normally after submission the process of grammar editing and fact checking by the publishing editors takes place, which takes no more than two months. The other books Sanders currently has published are The Book of Ethan, Colors, and All You Need Is Love. His next novel, You Can’t Tell by Looking, will be released in the fall.

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Hike-and-Bike Trail connector opens in downtown Houston For The Leader On April 28, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Parks Board, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, and the Greater East End Management District celebrated the completion of the hike-and-bike trail connection between White Oak Bayou Greenway and Buffalo Bayou trails. The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the last of the six-part $30 million “Houston Regional Bike/Ped Connections to Transit” project, funded by the US Department of Transportation’s Transportation Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. Originally awarded in 2012 to the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the “Houston Regional Bike/ Ped Connections to Transit” project was funded by the $15 million grant, combined with local matching donations raised by the Houston Parks Board, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Greater East End Management District and other partners. The General Service Department managed the project on behalf of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “I am excited about the opening of the trail connecting White Oak Bayou and Buffalo Bayou. The trail will create convenient access for people walking, bicycling or simply enjoying the great outdoors who want to connect with neighbors and downtown Houston in a new way,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “This also brings us another step closer to realizing our vision of complete and connected communities.” “The completion of the TIGER grant project is a shining example of the power of partnerships,” said Steve Wright, Director Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “Together, we can do great things working toward a common goal of connecting neighborhoods through parks and greenspaces.” Linking White Oak Bayou Greenway to Buffalo Bayou trails and greenspaces including Buffalo Bayou Park, this new segment will connect Houstonians to downtown, transit centers, communi-

ties, recreational areas and each other. It serves as an alternative transportation thoroughfare for the Houston workforce and students to safely and easily commute to downtown. It also provides easier access to destinations north of White Oak Bayou Greenway and across the I-10 corridor. “We are thrilled to celebrate the completion of this downtown trail connector because it will serve such a vast number of communities, local businesses, residents and visitors,” said Beth White, President and CEO of Houston Parks Board. “Houston Parks Board is proud to have helped manage this project, and the completion of this hike-andbike trail is just one of our many efforts to increase connectivity throughout the city of Houston.” This hike-and-bike trail connector will transform 3,000 acres of underutilized land along nine major waterways into a 150-mile linear park and trail system that crisscrosses the city. The Bayou Greenways are maintained by the Houston Parks Board’s Conservation and Maintenance Team through an agreement with the City of Houston. Maintenance responsibilities include regular mowing, de-littering, and graffiti abatement. The conservation program serves to enhance the linear parklands with habitat boxes, native plantings, wildflower plantings and tree plantings. “We have always seen this area as the nexus of Houston’s hike and bike trail system,” said Anne Olson, President of Buffalo Bayou Partnership. “The new trail segment will not only link bicyclists and pedestrians to Buffalo Bayou’s parks but will offer them an alternative mode of transportation to their jobs in downtown.” “The completion of this connector trail further breaks down barriers for East End commuters and visitors of the District alike,” said Veronica Chapa Gorczynski, President of Greater East End Management District. “We’re thrilled to have another safe, offstreet option for walkers, joggers and cyclists to navigate our great City.”

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From Houston Fire Department Northwest Houston resident Brian O’Neil celebrated his 43rd birthday by thanking the emergency medical technicians who helped him reach the milestone. According to Houston Fire Department, O’Neil had felt chest pain a few times since Thanksgiving. While on his way to work one morning in March 2018, he felt the pain again. Although he had an appointment with a cardiologist the next day, he decided to stop at Station 66 on Teague Road (near Hempstead Highway and Tidwell/Tanner) that he drives past every morning. He climbed the stairs to the 2nd floor and spoke with the firefighter/EMTs. As they checked his vitals, he suddenly slumped over, stopped breathing and lost pulse. Engine 66’s crewmembers put Brian on the floor and began CPR. They called for paramedics from another station; meanwhile they used their AED – Automated External Defibrillator, like you see in the movies - shocking him once and providing life support measures. When HFD paramedics arrived, Brian was already awake and talking. They transported him to a local hospital where he recovered.

Photo by Zach Maxwell Brian O’Neil and wife Lana visit with the firefighters and EMTs who helped him recover from a cardiac episode.

Brian’s wife, Lana; his daughters (19 and 24) and his parents are very grateful that HFD medical technicians and paramedics brought him back. The O’Neil family visited Station 66 on May 1 to celebrate his 43rd birthday with a lunch for HFD members who contributed to his Chain of Survival. The 5 links in the adult Chain of Survival are: 1. Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system 2. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest com-

pressions 3. Rapid defibrillation 4. Effective advanced life support 5. Integrated post-cardiac arrest Among the HFD personnel who helped O’Neil: Engine 66: Capt. Roland Ramirez, E/O Guillermo Gomez, FF EMT Eric Hooker, FF EMT Rogelio Gallegos. Medic 50: E/O Paramedic Efrain Guerrero; FF Paramedic Robert Forrest. EMS Supervisor 50 C – Paramedic Capt. Tony Spitzenberger. MD 5 - Asst. Physician Director, Kevin Schulz.

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Dear Tabby, My mother has a female dog who has not been spayed yet. Is it really necessary to spay a female dog when she won’t come into contact with any male dogs? To Spay or Not To Spay in Sawyer Heights Dear To Spay, If you have been coming up short on gift ideas for Mother’s Day, I think we’ve just solved your problem: Help you mother to get her dog spayed--as soon as possible! Spaying or neutering your dog is part of responsible canine care. Not only does it help with the overpopulation problem--saving lives of countless animals--but it also has many health benefits for the individual pup who has the procedure done. Also, even though you can try your best to keep your female dog away from unneutered males, you might be surprised at the lengths to which animals who are in heat can go to to mate. We’re talking about fence-jumping, digging and even destruction to your home in order to find a mate. Aside from your responsibility to keep your pet from procreating unnecessarily, the health benefits

of spaying your pet are many as well. Here are just a few benefits of spaying your pet: 1. Your dog will live longer: Spaying can help to prevent female dogs from having many serious health problems, such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Breast cancer is particularly dangerous, resulting in death for about 50% of canine cases. However, the rate of breast cancer goes down to almost zero if the spaying is done before the first heat cycle! It also eliminates the chance of developing a serious and potentially fatal infection of the uterus (pyometra), experienced by many mature unspayed animals. The most effective way to provide this protection is to ensure that a dog is spayed before her first heat. 2. A better behaved dog: Typically, after about six months of age, unspayed females go into heat for two to three weeks at a time (usually twice a year), although this varies with size and breed. This period of time can bring about a number of troublesome behaviors, such as howling and even urinating more often (and in the house). It will also attract the attention of every unneutered male within smelling distance. 3. It will save you money: Wait... but doesn’t surgery cost money? It can, but the cost of caring for a lit-

ter of puppies is much more, and so is handling the medical and behavior issues that you can prevent by having the procedure done. You can help keep the price down even further by looking into low-cost spay/neuter programs in your area. Many animal shelters also require spaying or neutering before they will release an animal, and the cost is built into the adoption fee. Additionally, check with your vet for any specials that they’re running on spay/neuter surgery and shop around for the best price. 4. You’ll be a hero in your community: Spaying or neutering a pup means fewer dogs being euthanized and also fewer unwanted animals roaming our streets. Strays are more likely to cause trouble, such as destroying property, causing car accidents, and scaring (or even biting) children and adults. Issues like these can negatively influence an entire community’s opinion about dogs, even though it is only a few strays causing the problem. If we can ensure that every dog has a responsible owner to care for it, we’ll be more likely to see support and positive changes in our communities for our pups. Do you have a question for Tabby? If so, email her at dear tabbyquestions@gmail.com

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The Leader • Saturday, May 12, 2018 • Page 7B

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Making Happy Feet One Sole At A Time! Merrell • Clarks Naot • OluKai Sanuk • Birkenstock Taos • Vionic • KEEN Sanita • Josef Seibel

By Landan Kuhlmann landan@theleadernews.com One rallied in convincing fashion in a quest to defend last year’s state crown; the other invoked the type of comeback only possible on the diamond. But regardless of methods, St. Thomas and St. Pius are moving on in the TAPPS high school baseball playoffs. Last week, St. Thomas Catholic faced elimination against Addison Trinity Christian Academy in their best-ofthree TAPPS playoff series before battling back with a pair of convincing steamrolls by scores of 8-2 and 12-2. Meanwhile, St. Pius X stormed back from an 8-1 deficit in a winner-take-all battle at home, defeating Nolan Catholic 9-8 to advance. Panthers vanquish the Vikings Panthers head coach Mike Evans, in his first year at the helm after leaving Waltrip, witnessed his squad take Game 1 but then fall in a hardfought 5-3 decision in Game 2. The Panthers started the rubber matchup in a nightmarish fashion Thursday night (May 3), falling behind 5-0 in a blink and 8-2 after just four innings of play. But the faithful who remained were treated to a comeback for the ages. St. Pius X tallied three in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh inning to force extra innings before rallying for the victory in the eighth to eliminate the Vikings. Evans and the Panthers will clash with Liberty Christian (14-10-1) in Round 2 of the TAPPS state playoffs beginning Thursday, May 10 at 12 p.m. at Madisonville High School.

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Photo b y Landan Kuhlmann Teammates congratulate St. Pius X junior infielder Hunter Pachal (12) after his home run in Game 3 of their best-of-three playoff series against the Nolan Catholic Vikings. The Panthers, looking for their first state title since 2012, rallied from an early 8-2 deficit to claim a 9-8, extra-inning victory to advance.

Eagles slug their way to victory The defending champs saw a 1-0 series deficit and two must-win games standing between them and their continued repeat bid. However, Coach Ryan Lousteau and his squad showed the mettle which accompanied their title run last season, pounding out 20 runs over the series’ final two contests, winning by scores of 8-2 and 12-2. Facing elimination in Game 2, the Eagles tallied seven runs in their final three turns at the plate, turning a 1-1 tie into a laugher. John Griffin drove in three, while Philip Matulia added a couple of RBIs himself to back Tucker Alch, who hurled a complete game, surrendering only one earned run

on six hits. In the clincher, St. Thomas used two big innings to fuel the blowout. A six-run first inning held up thanks to the dominant pitching performance by junior Josh Wolf until the Eagles broke through for five more runs in the sixth to put away the Trojans. Wolf dominated into the seventh, punching out eight Trojans and surrendering just two earned runs on four hits. Going for their 25th state title overall (and their third in five seasons under Lousteau), The Eagles are set for a clash with the Antonian Prep Apaches (19-13), who defeated Prestonwood Christian to advance. Rams, Bulldogs fall short Unfortunately, last weekend

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It’s time for the 5th Annual Girl Scout Troop 21 Bake Sale! On Sunday, May 20, from noon to 2 p.m. in Garden Oaks at 859 Azalea St. The troop and their leaders, Tina Sabuco and Shellye Arnold, will hold a very special bake sale for their very special Girl Scouts. This will be their 5th year hosting this bake sale and Sabuco and Arnold’s 7th year as leaders of the troop. This is the only fundraiser the troop holds each year and thanks to the generosity of so many neighbors and friends who have baked, volunteered, and/ or donated in the past, the funds raised through this bake sale has carried the troop of 25 Girl Scouts throughout the years. Hope the community can come out and support and meet these very special Girl Scouts. Troop 21 is the only Girl Scout troop in the United States comprised entirely of adults with special needs. The troop formed in 1976, and many of the then-young women are still members today. Members range in age from mid-20s to mid-60s. Like most Girl Scout troops, they meet regularly and the leaders provide activities that help these Scouts learn, socialize, contribute and, most of all, HAVE FUN! Funding from this bake sale fuels an entire year of activities, including field trips to the theater, dining adventures, doing crafts, and celebrating birthdays. The funds purchase supplies for art projects, crafts, snacks, prizes and more. The highlight of the Scouts’ year is their annual Christmas/Hanukkah party, complete with a bagful of gifts from their wish list and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. How can YOU help? • You are invited to bake some goodies to sell. Sabuco and Arnold would be grateful if you would drop off any

Photo supplied Garden Oaks resident Tina Sabuco with two of the members of Girl Scout Troop 21 at last year’s bake sale.

baked goods the day before the sale, or anytime up to the time of the sale. Please label your goodies to let everyone know what they are and what they contain. Ex: “Brownies w/Walnuts.” They welcome individual bags of goodies and/or whole baked goods. Whole cakes, pies, and loaves of bread are always very popular! • You are invited to stop by and purchase items. Please visit us and our scouts in our

front yard at 859 Azalea St., at the corner of Alba, between noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20. • You are invited to bring your pups. They will also have a table filled with Doggy Delights made by Sabuco - - and anyone else who would like to contribute to our pup table. So, bring your fur family members (many of the Scouts love to visit with them) or pick up some treats to take home. • You are invited to make

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Versa Reece Academy on Esther Street held its annual Sports Day on April 27. PE Teacher Melody Green said Versa Reece was the first Magnet school in Aldine ISD

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to hold such an event many years ago. Perfect weather blessed this year’s sports day, where pre-K and kindergarten level students go through a whirlwind of

activities and rotate every seven minutes. This rotation allows all students to participate simultaneously, rather than having some classes wait inside.

The Waltrip High School Class of 1978 will celebrate it’s 40th year reunion at the New Pavillion on Gessner. 2500 Gessner • 7pm to 12am Food provided - Fajita buffet. All Classes Welcome! Please RSVP to waltripclassof78@gmail.com Online details http://www.qsl.net/ag5t/waltrip/index.html

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