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Gracie Bonds Staples

Lifestyle reporter

Gracie Bonds Staples is a lifestyle writer for AJC. She joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in July 2000, after stints at the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, Sacarement Bee, Raleigh Times and two Mississippi dailies . Gracie graduated in 1979 from the University of Southern Mississippi. She and her husband Jimmy Staples have two daughters, Jamila and Asha.

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Nehal Patel, 33, and her husband Rohit, 34, decided to donate their son Shaan’s umbilical cord blood to a public cord bank after learning of the potential benefits two years ago. Although umbilical cord blood can be used to treat leukemia, lymphoma and more than 70 other diseases, only about one-quarter of Americans are even aware of the option to donate. The Patels, residents of Sandy Springs, are trying to help change that. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM(no description)

Donate your infants umbilical cord blood and save a life

Two years ago, while waiting to see her obstetrician, Nehal Patel noticed a woman stocking shelves with brochures about a private cord blood bank.Curious, the Sandy Springs mother, then 26 weeks pregnant with her first child, asked some pointed questions about the bank. What was it? And why was it ...

Brandi Mallory, pictured here before her weight loss, will be featured on tonight’s episode of ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” reality show. Tune in at 8 p.m. on Channel 2 to witness her transformation from 329 pounds. ABC/Mike O’Hara

Atlanta make-up artist featured on ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” show

Brandi Mallory was a precocious 9-year-old, a regular on the pageant circuit when her weight started to creep up.The more weight she put on the more she ate. Then her Sorority sister died of a massive heart attack.She was 29 like Mallory. She was also overweight like Mallory, whose story ...

The Rev. Cameron Madison Alexander, who will mark 60 years of preaching and 45 years of pastoring Antioch Baptist Church North on Aug. 3, talks with addicts at the church’s Land of Promise, a recovery ministry in Culloden, GA. “I’m excited to get to see how the Lord is going to take care of all the people left in the wake of the moving of the two churches,” the Rev. Alexander said. “These were very powerful churches. Mt. Vernon had awesome outreach. Friendship was a historical anchor.” PHOTO/DARRYL SPEED

‘For whatever reason, the Lord has kept us here’

In a few weeks, the Rev. Cameron Madison Alexander will celebrate 60 years of preaching the gospel, 45 of those at Antioch Baptist Church North. In all that time, Antioch has stood as a beacon of hope in a community beset with all manner of blight, from poverty to joblessness ...

The Rev. Cameron Madison Alexander will mark 60 years of preaching and 45 years of pastoring Antioch Baptist Church North on Aug. 3. I m excited to get to see how the Lord is going to take care of all the people left in the wake of the moving of the two churches, the Rev. Alexander said. These were very powerful churches. Mt. Vernon had awesome outreach. Friendship was a historical anchor.

Historic Atlanta church ministers on in Falcons’ shadow

For 45 years, the Rev. Cameron Madison Alexander has led Antioch Baptist Church North in ministering to the neighborhood surrounding the new Falcons stadium. Now, with the demolition of two of the area’s other mainstay churches — Friendship Baptist and Mount Vernon Baptist — Alexander feels the urgency of that ...

Local youth volunteers receive Kohl’s scholarships

Three Atlanta-area youth have each been awarded $1,000 by the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program for making positive impacts in their communities through volunteerism.Kelsey Hirsch of Cumming, Olivia Ries of Fayetteville, and Ivana Warren of Stone Mountain each qualify for the chance to receive a $10,000 scholarship.Hirsch, 14, created Bands4RAINN, a ...

Wes Varda, who suffered a stroke at age 31, returns to the Shepherd Center each week to volunteer. Now 37, the Sandy Springs resident suffered what is called an ischemic stroke caused by a hole in his heart. Ischemic strokes are by far the more common type of stroke, causing over 80 percent of all strokes. CONTRIBUTED BY GARY MEEK / SHEPHERD CENTER

Strokes increasing among adolescents, young adults

After a fun night out with her girlfriends late last year, Bianca Cooper arrived home with a “killer” headache.That wasn’t all that unusual, but she soon started to lose feeling on her left side and was unable to walk. She knew something wasn’t right. She called her girlfriend.“I think I’m ...

Ryan Stratis trains for an obstacle course at CrossFit 678 in Lilburn. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Two Atlanta ninjas advance to finals in Miami

He got a second shot this season at winning on what’s considered the world’s hardest obstacle course, but Dr. Robert Pruni just couldn’t pull it off. Neither could Glenn Davis or Gregory Tyson or Felix Chu. The metro Atlanta men competed recently in the popular NBC TV show “American Ninja ...

Six local contestants for American Ninja Warrior, NBC TV Show, (from left) John Tyler Vogt, Ryan Stratis, Glenn Davis, Dr. Robert Pruni, Corey Alexander, and Gregory Tyson gathered recently at CrossFit 678, the gym Pruni created. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Altanta ninjas advance in NBC competition

He got a second shot this season at winning on what’s considered the world’s hardest obstacle course, but Dr. Robert Pruni just couldn’t pull it off.Neither could Glenn Davis or Gregory Tyson or Felix Chu.The metro Atlanta men competed recently in the popular NBC TV show “American Ninja Warriors,” which ...

Wes Varda, who suffered a stroke at age 31, returns to the Shepherd Center each week to volunteer. Now 37, the Sandy Springs resident suffered a stroke that was caused by a hole in his heart. Gary Meek/Courtesy of Shepherd Center

Strokes increasing among young

After a fun night out with her girlfriends late last year, Bianca Cooper arrived home with a “killer” headache.That wasn’t all that unusual, but she soon started to lose feeling on her left side and was unable to walk. She knew something wasn’t right. She called her girlfriend.“I think I’m ...

In-line skater Thomas Lodato commutes to work from his home in Grant Park to his office at Georgia Tech on skates, 6.5 miles away. If he had his way, he’d skate to his Georgia Tech office every day, weather permitting. Not only is it fun, he says in-line skating is a great workout and is easy on the budget and the environment. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM(no description)

In-line skates put thrill into commuting

You might have noticed Thomas Lodato zip past you atop his Xsjado skates, en route to his office at Georgia Tech, or Carson Starnes heading to class or just cruising the city.Weather permitting, in-line skates are the Grant Park residents’ preferred mode of transportation. More than bicycling. More than the ...