Dr. Leana Wen: A Blueprint for a Healthier Baltimore

In thousands of conversations with community members, businesses, grassroots organizations, and elected leaders across Baltimore, I have seen how our City continues to wrestle with deeply-rooted issues of poverty, racial inequality, and structural racism. Here in Baltimore, there are neighborhoods just blocks apart where the life expectancy differs by 20 years. We have made significant strides in reducing infant mortality, and yet black babies continue to die at twice the rate of white babies across our city. Homicide continues to be the leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds in the city – over 90 percent of homicide victims in 2016 have been black. These disparities tie intimately into the fabric of the work we do at the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD). Read Entire Article

The Inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk: Honoring Loss. Inspiring Hope. Funding a Cure. | Debra Cirasole

Debra Cirasole, with multiple neurological ailments, was incorrectly diagnosed multiple times until she was finally told that she had been suffering from a brain tumor. After three years living with an illness that has limited treatment options, Debra does not focus on herself -- instead she is spreading awareness, especially through her social media channel, of brain tumors, and their symptoms, and the fight for a cure. Learn More About Debra's Journey

Kenneth Stevenson: Will Hereford soon be closed for business?

As President of the Hereford Community Association in Baltimore County, I have strived to strengthen the community voice in the public process. In the HCA, we are accountable to our neighbors’ concerns and preferences. The collaborative dialogue between residents, private entities, and elected officials is essential to the character and well-being of a community. We have recently seen successful corporate initiatives in communities across the county and state. That makes it all the more frustrating when an elected official refuses to cooperate with and respond to community interests. Read Entire Article

The Inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk: Honoring Loss. Inspiring Hope. Funding a Cure. | Lisa Sliker, Carol Herrmann, and Rose Knight

Carol, Rose and Lisa hold a unique bond and a shared story. Fellow Catholic parishioners and neighbors within two miles of each other, all lost their children at a young age to brain tumors.  They joined together to build a prayer garden to honor their children and for all children who have lost their lives too early in life.  Every year they participate as a team in the Walk for Hope in DC to fundraise for brain tumor research.  This year, they are excited to welcome NBTS to their hometown, Baltimore, to share their stories, bring awareness and fundraise for a cure. In honor of the Inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk on September 10th, Lisa, Carol, and Rose have told us their stories of adversity and unyielding hope battling brain cancer. Learn About Their Journeys

Josh Kurtz: Postcards from MACo

MACo is Maryland’s version of Fellini’s “Satyricon” – one surreal and disturbing scene after another. Officially, the Maryland Association of Counties annual summer convention is a professional gathering with a series of policy discussions. But outside the frigid expanse of this city’s convention center, it’s a sweatfest and a schmoozefest and a boozefest, a place where political theories and rumors are swapped like trading cards – some as nonsensical and flimsy as a summer romance, others more likely to last. This year’s MACo was especially significant because it was Republican Larry Hogan’s first as governor – last year at this time he was undergoing chemotherapy. Attendance swelled, and there was a dizzying, record-setting number of political fundraisers and lobbyist and special interest receptions, perhaps owing to the presence of Hogan and his entire cabinet – or the anxiousness of many political people to bring on the 2018 elections already. Read Entire Article

The Inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk: Honoring Loss. Inspiring Hope. Funding a Cure. | Holly Gainsboro

Holly Gainsboro describes clinging to the "new normal" as her husband Steven was diagnosed, and she shares the trials and triumphs faced by her children as they helped their dad through his battle with a brain tumor. His fight was a family effort. Today Holly is Chair of the Inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk, urges Marylanders to get involved in the fight against brain tumors. Over 700,000 people are suffering from brain tumors, and they need your help to raise money for research and more treatment options. Learn More About Holly's Journey

Center Maryland Editorial: Baltimore County's Bravehearts

Housing discrimination in Baltimore County has a long, sordid history, with only rare moments of leadership such as we saw with a recent attempt by County Councilman Julian Jones and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to modernize the county's revolting housing legacy. Over the past 50-plus years, open-housing initiatives in the county have been met with resistance, hostility, and outright racism. Read Entire Editorial

Damian O’Doherty: Cancer Confessional – Papa’s Home

We awoke slower than the morning arrived. My wife and two year old daughter lay groggy and lethargic on the bed. Still clutching each other. Two days in a row for mom and her inseparable 2-year-old. The night before, as I crept into bed after a late night at work, Alycia had said something about waiting for a test for strep from Pavilion Pediatrics. Maybe the kid had strep throat. Why not, the hits keep coming, I thought. My wife had a miscarriage just three weeks before. I shook off the weary morning and the work travel that weighed on me, setting off on a short run through Towson. It felt good to escape the sick-yellowish hue of our bedroom to the orange morning glow outside. I was running. Creaking. Soon, I was soothed by the autumn sun peeking above the construction activity just beginning on Towson University’s growing West Campus. Then, I felt a peculiar insight come over me as Widespread Panic’s “Papa’s Home” was delivered on my iPod. Read Entire Article