Area Health News: Fundraiser, health screenings among this week's offerings

Laura Ledbetter hugs her 5-year-old son, Grayson, at their home in Ooltewah. Grayson has a rare nervous system disorder called Alexander disease. The family has set up the group Grayson's Ladder to raise support and awareness for the disease.

BlueCare health fair is Saturday

BlueCare Tennessee will partner with Chattanooga area church leaders to host a Faith, Fitness and Family Health Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at East Side Elementary School.

The event, which is free and open to the public, offers a variety of health education and screenings. Blood pressure and body mass index screenings will be available to everyone, and attendees must bring their insurance ID card for well-child checkups or breast cancer screenings.

Gloves Up for Grayson is Saturday

Local nonprofit Grayson's Ladder will host a boxing event at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Saturday to benefit rare disease research and treatment.

General admission tickets for adults are $20, and $10 for those age 18 and younger and are available at the door or online at

Doors open at 6 p.m. and boxing starts at 7 p.m.

Cancer Survivors Day is Sunday

CHI Memorial will celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Local cancer survivors and their families are invited to the social and educational event, which is free and open to the whole survivor community regardless of where individuals received treatment.

Since the event is catered, please RSVP to 423-495-2258.

Mobile lung CT offers screenings

CHI Memorial's mobile lung CT coach will offer screenings at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The test looks for signs of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people and is covered by private insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid for certain high-risk individuals, such as people age 50 or older with a history of smoking.

If you think you are at risk, call 423-495-5864 to schedule an appointment.

CHI Memorial donates Narcan

CHI Memorial distributed 900 doses of Narcan on Friday to local first-responders and law enforcement agencies to help fight the opioid epidemic in Hamilton County.

The units of the life-saving nasal spray came as a donation from Cardinal Health.

Erlanger welcomes Murphy CEO

Mark Kimball, who was recently named chief executive officer of Erlanger Murphy Medical Center, will officially start his new role June 4.

Erlanger hosted a "Meet the CEO" event May 22, enabling the community to meet Kimball, who prior to his appointment with Erlanger served as chief operating officer at NorthCrest Medical Center in Erin, Tennessee.

Murphy Medical Center, based in North Carolina, became Erlanger's sixth hospital April 1.

Narconon raising awareness

Narconon New Life Retreat wants people to look for the following signs when it comes to methamphetamine addiction: hyperactivity, insomnia, weight loss and tooth decay.

Report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials and keep loved ones safe from the dangers of meth addiction.

To learn more about meth addiction, visit or call 800-431-1754 for free screenings or referrals.