The Acadiana Fly Rodders is sponsoring for men with cancer a free, three-day, two-night retreat, beginning Oct. 11.

Under the guidance of the national organization, Reel Recovery, the retreat is an opportunity for men to “join with other men coping with cancer and learn fly fishing with volunteer casting coaches, free lodging and home-cooked Cajun food,” according to a news release from the Acadiana Fly Rodders.

The event will take place at the White Lake Lodge in Gueydan.

Space is limited. Interested men can apply at the website,

LSU AgCenter gets healthy living grant

The LSU AgCenter’s 4-H program has received a second consecutive grant from Walmart for teaching healthy living choices to children.

The 4-H program received $55,000, according to a news release from the LSU AgCenter. Parish 4-H programs will be able to submit local proposals until Friday.

The program will use $30,000 to fund parish-based programs in the state that will teach the importance of exercise and healthy diets.

The remainder of the money will be used for state and regional events, such as “challenge” camps and summer camp fitness programs, according to the LSU AgCenter.

Programs previously funded by the grant include school gardens, after-school nutrition and cooking classes and the development of canoeing programs and hiking trails.

Louisiana is among 15 state 4-H organizations to be approved for funding by the Walmart Foundation’s “Youth Voice: Youth Choice” grant program. Louisiana was among those receiving the first grant in 2009.

For more information on parish 4-H programs, contact Lanette Hebert with the LSU AgCenter at (337) 788-7547 or email

Three organizations unite under one roof

The organization Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana has moved to the same location as two other organizations providing services to children.

The child abuse prevention organization will now be located alongside the Louisiana CASA Association (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Louisiana at 9654 Brookline Ave., Suite 210.

Each organization has its own phone number: Prevent Child Abuse, (225) 925-9520; Louisiana CASA Association, (225) 930-0305; and the Children’s Advocacy Centers, (225) 930-0308.

Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana also is looking for volunteers from the Baton Rouge area to answer KIDLINE, (800) CHILDREN, an anonymous, toll-free crisis line that provides information about the signs of child abuse and how to report suspected abuse, as well as general family support information.

If interested in volunteering, email, visit the website at or call (225) 925-9520.

Komen founder to speak Monday

Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder and chief executive officer of the Komen for the Cure Foundation, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday at the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Brinker will be speaking on “The Power of One,” the ability of every person to make a difference in his community, company, country or world, according to an LSU news release.

Brinker founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1982, after her sister died of breast cancer in 1982, at the age of 36.

She served as the U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Hungary from 2001 to 2003 and as the U.S. chief of protocol from 2007 to 2009.

The doors for the free event will open at 6:15 p.m.

Dialysis program sees good results

Fresenius Medical Care North America, a major provider of dialysis services with locations in this area, has seen good results from a new program aimed at reducing patient hospitalization and mortality.

The focus of the company’s Catheter Reduction Program is to increase, through education, the number of patients with a permanent access for hemodialysis, rather than a temporary catheter, which is a plastic tube placed into a vein in the neck, chest or groin.

Research shows that catheters present opportunities for infection, according to a Fresenius news release.

The preferred method of permanent access is a fistula, according to Fresenius. A fistula, according to the National Kidney Foundation, is a permanent, surgically created link between an artery and a vein.

Dialysis is a process that cleans waste products from the blood when a person’s kidneys fail.

There are 19 Fresenius locations in the Baton Rouge area, for which Renal Associates in Baton Rouge provides medical director oversight, according to the news release.

About 77 percent of Fresenius’ patients nationwide are catheter free, according to the company. In the Baton Rouge area, that percentage rate is now between 89 and 91 percent, the news release said.