PIKEVILLE — The 143 breast cancer and ovarian cancer survivors, including two local women, who will walk in the Survivors Parade on Kentucky Oaks Day, were announced last week by Churchill Downs and its charitable partner, the Breast Health Program at Norton Cancer Institute.


The day before the Kentucky Derby, the ninth-annual parade will take place on Churchill Downs historic racetrack on Friday, May 5.


The public nominated and selected this year’s participants through an online process.


Heather Gearheart of Harold and Holly Davis of Paintsville are two individuals that were chosen to walk in the Survivors Parade and live in the Medical Leader’s circulation area.


Gearheart was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2016. She had 25 radiation treatments and a double mastectomy.


“I finished all of my treatments in November 2016 and I’m currently in remission. Praise be to God!” she said.


Davis was also diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2009, while pregnant with her third child.


The parade brings individuals together to celebrate hope and raise funds to support and provide care for survivors in the community and across the nation.


The Kentucky Oaks is America’s premiere race for three-year-old fillies, creating a natural tie to celebrating female strength and spirit. The parade also provides outreach and drives national breast and ovarian cancer awareness.


“I love the horse races, we go to the oaks and derby every year,” Gearheart said. “Last year, we couldn’t go because I was on chemo treatments. I asked it be God’s will to go to the next derby and walk with other survivors.”


Gearheart was nominated by her husband. She came out in first place with almost 8,300 votes.


“I am so blessed to have such a great family, friends and community. I am humbled, thankful and blessed,” she added.


The parade has been one of the highlights of the Kentucky Derby weekend for the past nine years.


“Being with other survivors on the track who know exactly what you’ve been through and celebrating such a journey is heartwarming,” Davis said. “Looking up at all the people cheering for you that you beat something that was trying to kill you is overwhelming and awesome all at the same time.”


Both survivors have lots of advice for individuals battling cancer.


“Pray hard then pray harder. There will be down days but you get up. Get dressed and cleaned up. Get out,” Gearheart added. “Feel blessed it was found and you are blessed to fight back. Push and then push harder. Praise God in the good, the bad and know he has a plan for the good of all those that love him.”


She said having God in her life has been a blessing.


“I went through all of this for a reason that I may never know but, I believe was for the good of many, including myself and my family,” she added.


Davis encouraged others to “hold tight to God.”


“Keep your faith and keep a positive attitude. It’s a speed bump in the road of life, but you will come out stronger because of it,” she concluded.


Churchill Downs has donated more than $820,000 to breast cancer organizations through this celebration.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring is the time for renewing life.


You must have noticed by now just how much more light there is. The days are getting longer, birds begin to sing once again from budding trees, bees are busy preparing to make honey and flowers are beginning to show their beautiful vibrant hues as they peek up and begin to take shape.


This truly is a magical time of year, filled with bounteous beauty, warmth from the sun and pleasant sights and smells.


The fragrant lilac bushes are beginning to burst with life, tulips and daffodils give off a delicate sweet smell. The moist dirt after a morning rain even has a distinctive smell, helping new life blossom.


March 20 was the Vernal Equinox — the date recognized and celebrated all across the Northern Hemisphere as the beginning of the planting year, the day light and night darkness are of equal length and the daylight will continue to increase until the summer solstice.


The sun returns and everything is re-born and renewed.


Do not pause too long to soak in the aroma of the blossoming flowers, beautiful colors and feel the gentle breeze sweep across your face, lest you awaken to springtime gone.


Spring shows us that life is truly constant beginnings, constant opportunities and a constant springtime. There are just a handful of springs that have been handed to each of us.


Next time you’re rocking in your favorite chair after a rain fall or just taking a stroll through the park, stop and absorb all the beauty that spring has to offer.




— Abigail Gibson may be reached at 606-218-4893 or by e-mail at abigail.gibson@pikevillehospital.org

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 31, 2017

On March 30, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) joined the nation in celebrating Doctors’ Day. This day is specifically designated as a time to thank and remember all the 374 credentialed physicians who work hard to save lives and restore health to those in the region.


Doctors’ Day was first observed on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Ga.


The idea came from Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond.


This date was chosen because it was the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery, on March 30, 1842. The first observance involved mailing cards of thanks to physicians and their spouses, placing flowers on the graves of deceased doctors and even included a formal dinner.


On October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed a resolution into law designating March 30 as National Doctors’ Day.


PMC leaders appreciate the doctors who treat the hospital’s growing number of patients and recognize their talent.


“I am very proud of how our physicians have responded to the needs of the patients and the community,” said Dr. Aaron Crum, PMC’s Chief Medical Officer. “Our doctors have continued to provide world-class quality health care despite the tremendous demands of rapid growth. I truly appreciate the hard work and sacrifice that goes into building a great organization and providing excellence in patient care.”


“Our physicians are committed to PMC’s Mission of providing world-class quality health care in a Christian Environment,” said Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President Michelle Rainey. “They are self-sacrificing and place the needs of the patient first. Our doctors touch so many lives within our community and ultimately advance the health care of our region.”


Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins said, “We are so proud of our doctors for the level of care they provide to our patients and for the caring attitudes they exhibit daily. PMC is rapidly growing and we could not continue bringing new services to the people of our region without our dedicated team of doctors.”


“We are blessed to have some of the best trained and most talented, compassionate doctors that can be found anywhere in the country,” said PMC President/CEO Walter E. May. “Doctors’ Day gives us an opportunity to thank our physicians for the care and compassion they provide year-round. I hope everyone took the time to wish their personal physician a very happy Doctors’ Day.”

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, March 31, 2017

Before I came to work at Pikeville Medical Center 10 years ago I had never been to one single Hillbilly Days.


I knew about the great event and always wanted to come over and indulge in the festivities but never did.


My first experience of the spring fling that year was truly an eye-opener in many ways.


I had never seen so many people gathered in one town at one time. I had never seen so many food vendors pushing their products like I did over those three days.


I never realized just how much the annual event meant to those children less fortunate and needing medical attention.


Hillbilly Days brings back so many great memories for those who have taken part, either as participants or spectators.


Good food and great fellowship go hand-in-hand.


Hillbilly Days will return to downtown Pikeville on April 20-22. Hillbillies from all across the land will make their way into the hills of eastern Kentucky.


The dream of Howard “Dirty Ear” Stratton and late “Shady” Grady Kinney working to help others began 38 years ago. Little did anyone know then just what a spectacle it would become?


When you attend this year’s Hillbilly Days take time to visit with the Hillbillies (Shriners) and tell them just how much you appreciate what they are doing to help disabled children and their families.


Over the past 40-plus years, young and old alike have made their way into downtown Pikeville to enjoy the event while lending a helping hand.


Hillbilly Clan 1, Outhouse 2 members have donated more than $1 million to help Shriners’ Childrens Hospital.


Their dedication and hard work has allowed the hospital to provide free health care services to disabled children, including many of those who make the trip from eastern Kentucky to Lexington for treatment.


Pike County has the second highest number of patients at the hospital, only behind Fayette County where the hospital is located.


We take pride in celebrating our hillbilly heritage. We take pride in being able to help others more than anyone else.


Boy the times have changed.


Hillbilly Days has grown from five vendors and 5,000 visitors to more than 300 vendors and more than 100,000 visitors since it was established in 1977.


The streets of Pikeville will come alive in three weeks, transforming the city into Hillbilly Paradise.


While you enjoy the great food, music and activities, pause to remember the true meaning of what the festival is all about.


Visit the Hillbillies “Pig Drop” and spend a dollar or two to benefit the hospital.


Hillbilly Days is truly all about the kids.


Local hillbillies, far away hillbillies, hundreds of volunteers, Pike County government, city officials and visitors – enjoy the event.


I know I will!


— Teddy Paynter may be reached at 606-218-4932 or by e-mail at teddy.paynter@pikevillehospital.org

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring cleaning season has arrived and for many it means burning unwanted debris.


The Kentucky Division for Air Quality reminds residents to “learn before you burn.” Illegal burning could result in fines of up to $25,000 per day per violation.


Smoke from open burning is a health problem that affects everyone, especially children, the elderly and those with existing ailments like asthma. Children are particularly sensitive to air pollution from open burning because their bodies are still developing. Children also breathe 50 percent more oxygen per pound of body weight than adults do, so their lungs are exposed to more harmful pollutants.


Many people may not realize that burning trash is illegal in Kentucky.


State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food waste.  In addition, the burning of trailers, buildings and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation is prohibited. 


Painted, stained or treated wood products like fence posts, pallets and furniture are illegal to burn because they release dangerous toxins into the air. Items that cannot be recycled should be taken to a state-permitted landfill. 


Open burning isn’t just unhealthy, it’s also dangerous.  A small fire can quickly spread, resulting in widespread damage. 


Some open burning is legal with restrictions. Campfires, fires for cooking, and fires to dispose of tree limbs are permitted in most counties, except when a county-wide burn ban has been declared.  During fire hazard season, which runs through the end of April, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland area between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Restrictions may also apply during summer months for certain counties whose current pollution levels exceed air quality standards.


Use common sense before burning anything:


•Do not burn within 50 feet of any structure


•Do not burn near streams or sinkholes


•Do not burn near landfills or under utility lines


•To report illegal open burning or to learn more about open burning restrictions, call the Division for Air Quality’s open burn hotline at 888-BURN-LAW (1-888-287-6529) or visit air.ky.gov.

Author Name: 
Medical Leader Opinion
Friday, March 31, 2017

Hunter Ray Fraley, son of Alexandria and Nathaniel Fraley, born March 23; weight: 6 lbs., 4.6 oz.


Isabella Kate Gilbert, daughter of Samantha and Casey Gilbert, born March 23; weight: 6 lbs., 3 oz.


Ella Blake Rogers, daughter of Paula Rogers, born March 22; weight: 7 lbs., 4 oz.


Amia Jaiden Stump, daughter of Kala and Jason Stump, born March 22; weight: 7 lbs., 15 oz.


Marley Kaye Wallen, daughter of Amber McCoy and Christopher Wallen, born March 22; weight: 6 lbs., 12 oz.


Peyton Lee Michael Kidd, son of Courtney Bradley and Bradley Kidd, born March 22; weight: 7 lbs., 6.1 oz.


Harper McKenleigh Lell, daughter of Bridgette and Kenneth Lell, born March 22; weight: 6 lbs., 9 oz.


Hayden Nelva Taylor, daughter of Brittany and Derek Taylor, born March 21; weight: 6 lbs., 7 oz.


Ian Blaine Fuller, son of Holly and Jerry Fuller, born March 21; weight: 7 lbs., 15 oz.


Jacie Mikhale Charles, daughter of Micah Kelley and Andrew Charles, born March 21; weight: 5 lbs. 12 oz.


John Benjamin Maynard, son of Virginia and John Maynard, born March 21; weight: 8 lbs., 2 oz.


Leeland James Keathley, son of April Tackett and Matthew Keathley, born March 20; weight: 6 lbs., 7 oz.


Jett Randall Hager, son of Randa and Matthew Hager, born March 20; weight: 7 lbs., 3.8 oz.


Jaxon Elliot Thomas Henson, son of Nekisha Halbert, born March 20; weight: 6 lbs., 13 oz.


Dawson Jacob Bailey, son of Linda Justus and Matthew Bailey, born March 20; weight: 8 lbs., 2 oz.


Keelan Brent Vance, son of Briana and Brent Vance, born March 19; weight: 7 lbs., 2 oz.


Gannon Nash Bevins, son of Heather and Bradley Bevins, born March 18; weight: 7 lbs., 10 oz.


Darien Micheal Kelly, son of Leighanna Tackett and Darren Kelly, born March 18; weight: 7 lbs., 2.6 oz.


Ruma Kate Hall, daughter of Chastiney and Chris Hall, born March 17; weight: 6 lbs., 12.7 oz.


Nickolas Allen Burgess, son of Natasha Ward and David Burgess, born March 17; weight: 8 lbs., 8 oz.


Korban Jayce Thomas Hamilton, son of Katlyn Iricks, born March 16; weight: 8 lbs., 2 oz.


Benjamin Jimale Harris, twin son of Marquita and Christopher Harris, born March 16; weight: 6 lbs., 9 oz.


Samuel Jeffrey Harris, twin son of Marquita and Christopher Harris, born March 16; weight: 5 lbs., 11 oz.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Eyvonne “Myrtle” Hughes, 73, of Garrett, died March 23. Funeral, March 26 at Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Estill. Burial, Martin Cemetery, Wayland.


Roselle Calhoun, 85, of Grand Island, Fl. formerly of Prestonsburg, died March 23. Funeral, March 29 at Third Avenue Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Calhoun Cemetery.


James Burt Bailey, 66, of Banner, died March 24. Funeral, March 27. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Edward Gene Newsome, 49, of Teaberry, died March 26. Funeral, March 30 at Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Newsome-Hamilton Cemetery.


Draxie E. Ellis Lowe, 93, of Joe’s Creek, died March 23. Funeral, March 26. Burial, Blackburn and Lowe Cemetery.


Sarah L. Martin Working, 56, of Holiday, Fl., died March 13. Funeral, March 25. Burial, Russell Elliott Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Franklin Delano “Sambo” Salisbury, 81, of Martin, died March 23. Funeral, March 26. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Ollie Webb, 85, of Morehead formerly of Floyd Co., died March 24. Funeral, March 27. Burial, Castle Fork Cemetery.


Magdelene Slone, 75, of McDowell, died March 24. Funeral, March 27. Burial, Slone Family Cemetery.


Buretta Scott Moore, 90, of Garrett, died March 24. Funeral, March 29. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Birchel Reid, 59, of Berea formerly of Floyd County, died March 24. Funeral, April 2.


Keith Bascom Hall, 86, of Mousie, died March 25. Funeral, March 30. Burial, Hall Cemetery.


Rosanna Case, 59, of Martin, died March 26. Funeral, April 1. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Darl Caudill, 66, of Long Fork Rd., died March 22. Funeral, March 25 at Long Fork Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Amil Little Memorial Cemetery.


Brooksie Tackett Boleyn, 82, died March 26. Funeral, March 30. Burial, Highland Park Memorial Cemetery.


Dana Earl Rose, 65, of Shelby Gap, died March 22. Funeral, March 25. Burial, Rob Ratliff Cemetery.


Lawrence Adkins, 88, of Jeffersonville formerly of Pikeville, died March 25. Funeral, March 28 at Greasy Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Hopkins Cemetery.


Gary Michael Woods, 60, of Prestonsburg, died March 25. Funeral, March 27. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Roy F. Standifur, 68, of Pikeville, died March 26. Funeral, March 29 at Valley Grace Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Childers Cemetery, Ashcamp.


Orbin C. Kendrick, 79, of Lexington, died March 21. Funeral, March 25. Burial, Raines Cemetery, Breaks, Va.


Shirley Steele, 72, of Belcher, died March 26. Funeral, March 30. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Gregory Lee Whitetree II, 42,of Marrowbone, died March 27. Funeral, April 1. Burial, Dow Brooks Cemetery, Draffin.


Virginia Ann “Jennie” Holt, 64, of North Matewan, W.Va., died March 26. Funeral, March 29. Burial, Buskirk Cemetery, Buskirk.


Kenneth K. Kelly, 88, of Wittensville, died March 26. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, March 30. Burial, Justice Cemetery, Pikeville.


Norma Gleah Sayers Coleman, 73, of Phyllis, died March 25. Funeral, March 29 at Calls Funeral Home Chapel. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Kyler Jett Cantrell, infant son of DeAnna Coleman and Jordan Clay David Cantrell, died March 23. Funeral, April 2. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Connie Holt, 53, of Island Creek, died March 23. Funeral, March 27 at Island Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. Memorial service will follow.


Eddie Davis, 78, of Williamson, W.Va., died March 28. Funeral, March 31 at Nolan Church of God Acts 20:28. Burial, Crabtree-Davis Cemetery, Road Branch, W.Va.

Friday, March 31, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Gattiland of Pikeville is going blue to promote awareness during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.


National Child Abuse Prevention Month is observed throughout April and is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect.


During the month and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse prevention awareness strategies and activities to help promote prevention across the country.


The community is invited to a Pinwheel Planting Ceremony on Friday, March 31 at 3 p.m. to place pinwheels throughout the landscaping and lawn at Gattiland of Pikeville. A short ceremony will take place with a reading of the Pinwheel story.


On Saturday, April 8 at 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., kids eat free, face painting, balloon magic and prevention information will be available. Marshall and Chase from Paw Patrol will be on hand throughout the day.


Gattiland of Pikeville has teamed up with Pike County Protection and Permanency, Student Social Work Association and Judi’s Place for Kids in an effort to raise awareness so child abuse never happens.


The events are open to the public and several other events will be taking place throughout the month.


For upcoming events, visit Gatti’s Pizza of Pikeville on Facebook or call 606-437-6211.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 31, 2017

With April Fool’s Day approaching and the anticipation of a prank or two, let us remember the words of David in Psalms 14:1, “The fool says in his heart, “God does not exist.” We must understand the seriousness of being a fool. Webster defines a fool as, “a person who acts unwisely or imprudently.”


It is then foolish and unwise to believe that God does not exist. Walking to work each morning, I am reminded of God’s creation. Birds are chirping, frogs croaking and one can literally see the grass grow. Without God there would be no life.


The “fools” want to discredit the existence of God. They want to think scientifically, logically, or even metaphysically about the process of life. They want to exclude the very thought of an almighty creator.


Don’t be one of those foolish people who say God does not exist. I encourage you to ponder your many blessings. Look to the heavens, seek Him in His word, just stand still and be amazed.


~ PMC Chaplain Chris Gilley may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Friday, March 31, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Dyslexia is quite common and many successful individuals have dyslexia.


Famous people with dyslexia include Steven Spielberg, actress Whoopi Goldberg and quarterback Tim Tebow.


Dyslexia is a condition that affects the way the brain processes written and spoken language. It is primarily associated with trouble reading. Some doctors, specialists and educators may refer to it as a reading disorder or a reading disability. But it can also affect writing, spelling and even speaking.


This condition impacts people in various degrees. Symptoms may differ from one person to the next. A key sign of dyslexia is trouble decoding words — ability to match letters to sounds and then use that skill to read words accurately and fluently.


Signs of dyslexia can look different at different ages.


Preschool children typically have trouble recognizing whether two words rhyme, struggle with learning new words and have trouble recognizing letters and matching them to sounds.


In grade school, children have trouble taking away the middle sound from a word or blending several sounds to make a word, often can’t recognize common sight words, quickly forget how to spell many words and get stumbled on word problems in math.


Children in middle school make many spelling errors, frequently re-read sentences and read at a lower academic level.


High school students with dyslexia often skip over small words when reading aloud and strongly prefer multiple-choice questions over fill-in-the-blank or short answer.


Sometimes individuals with dyslexia need more time to work through information. They may also need a different way to process the information, such as listening to an audio book instead of reading it.


Dyslexia doesn’t just affect learning, it can impact every day skills and activities such as, social interaction, memory and dealing with stress.


Other issues that can co-occur with dyslexia are ADHD, executive functioning issues, slow processing speed, auditory processing disorder, visual processing issues, dysgraphia and dyscalculia.


Researchers have yet to pinpoint what causes dyslexia, but they do know that genes and brain differences might influence a child’s chances of having dyslexia.


Dyslexia is diagnosed by having an evaluation by a school psychologist, clinical psychologist or pediatric neuropsychologist. The evaluator will provide a series of tests to detect for dyslexia.


A psychologist will also look for other issues that might be getting in the way of ones learning. Teachers or family members may be asked to fill out questionnaires to better diagnose the patient.


Dyslexia is a lifelong condition and there are not currently any medications or medical treatments for dyslexia.


Research has proven that there are different ways of teaching that can help people with dyslexia succeed. There are many effective teaching strategies, tools and professional specialists that can help.


According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than two million students ages 3-21 have learning disabilities.


For more information about dyslexia, visit understood.org.




Source: understood.org.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 31, 2017