Aug. 15 – Tina Hillhouse survived stage III squamous cell carcinoma, caused by human papillomavirus HPV. Before the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, she was joined on the field by Kiran Kakarala, MD, to help raise awareness of HPV and the HPV vaccine. Read Hillhouse's story.
Sept. 1 – Claire Long, from Shawnee Mission East High School, helped call attention to concussion awareness. Before the game against the Green Bay Packers, she was joined on the field by David Smith, MD, who serves on our health system’s concussion leadership team. Read her story and watch a video with Long and Smith.
Sept. 11 – Representatives from the Kansas City Fire Department and Dan Hudson, our health system’s emergency medical services liaison, commemorated the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the start of the game against the San Diego Chargers. See their photo from the game.
Sept. 25 – Seth Zegunis, a Blue Valley Northwest High School sophomore and offensive/defensive lineman, helped call attention to sports medicine and the value of athletic trainers and physicians working closely with high school teams. Seth's family and Heidi Garcia, a physical therapist with our health system’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center, joined him on the field before the game. Read Seth’s story and see their photo from the game.
Oct. 23 – Ashley Gorney's coaching and competitive instincts kicked in to help her fight breast cancer. While undergoing chemotherapy, surgery and radiation at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, Gorney – a mother of 2, Spanish teacher and volleyball coach – continued to work full time, inspiring her physicians and staff. Read her story and see her photo from the game.
Nov. 6 – Chief Medical Officer Lee Norman, MD, served as the honorary coin toss captain before the Chiefs’ "Salute to Service" game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Read more about Norman’s role as both a civilian and a solider and see his photo from the game (with general surgery’s John Alley, MD).
Nov. 20 – As a nonsmoker, Christy Fischer has battled lung cancer 3 times in the last 10 years. She and Chao Huang, MD, her oncologist at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, served as honorary coin toss captains for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game to help raise awareness of lung cancer. Read her inspiring story and see their photo from the game.
Nov. 26 – Damesha Seawood arrived at our hospital 8 hours after suffering a stroke, but thanks to efforts by neurointerventionalist Michael Abraham, MD, and others on the stroke team, she and Abraham were honored as coin-toss captains before the game against the Oakland Raiders. Read her story and see an interview with Seawood and Abraham on KCTV-5.