So often we ask how we can help out when a friend is suffering from cancer or another health problem, and right now there is an opportunity to do just that. Loretta Schultz, wife of former Advocate Acadiana Bureau Chief Bruce Shultz (who is now with the LSU Ag Center), has been courageously battling cancer for more than a decade, and a blood or platelet donation to Our Lady of Lourdes Blood Bank will help defray the Shultzes’ medical bills.
Bruce says Loretta is resting at home and in the care of hospice.
“It will be a monetary donation toward her account,” explains Lourdes Blood Bank spokeswoman Beverly Meche. Because of extreme shortages at this time of the year — donations typically dip and usage goes up over the holidays — Meche also stresses that diabetics and people taking blood pressure medications can donate blood; those on antibiotics or taking heart medications, and those with cancer or hepatitis, cannot. For more details on whether you qualify as a donor, or to set up a blood drive at your place of business, contact Meche at 289-4428 or Angela Kibodeaux at 289-2733.
The urgent need for all blood types remains in effect across Acadiana. United Blood Services is down to a less than one-day supply to service the 50 south Louisiana hospitals that rely on it. Its center is located at 1503 Bertrand Drive. Call 235-5433 for more information about qualifying to donate blood, or to schedule an appointment.
The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority voted Tuesday to authorize two lawsuits against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
A long night on the field in Seattle got even worse off of it, and now the Saints are operating on a compressed time-frame as they brace for surging Carolina with first place in the NFC South at stake.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, December 04, 2013:
Public school letter grades, teacher evaluations and student promotion won't be affected by Louisiana's shift to more rigorous educational standards for two years, the state's top school board decided Tuesday.
Vitter told The Associated Press that he is sending an email to supporters Wednesday and is in discussions with his family about the possibility.
President of The Lemoine Company and chairman of the nonprofit overseeing the conversion of the Horse Farm property into Lafayette’s central park will be profiled in the December-January issue.
Leadership Institute of Acadiana and the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce announced the newly-selected Leadership Lafayette class for 2014.
A new statewide poll released before the holiday break shows U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Metairie atop a gubernatorial field dominated by Republicans.
Margaret Trahan elected to serve on UW Worldwide's National Professional Council, and Bryant DeLoach joins MidSouth Bank as commercial lender in Lafayette.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a judge must reconsider BP PLC’s arguments that the settlement shouldn’t compensate businesses if their losses can’t be directly traced to the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.
The Ragin' Cajuns go for New Orleans Bowl three-peat, this time against the Tulane Green Wave, which is making its first postseason appearance since the Hawaii Bowl in 2002.
Louisiana has joined four other states in filing a so-called “friend of the court” brief in support of Mississippi’s lawsuit against the federal government over new flood insurance rates set to go into effect.
Kerry Wayne Bertrand was charged Monday for the alleged killing of his stepdaughter, Skylar Lee Credeur, a UL Lafayette chemistry major found dead in the bathtub of her family home in August.
Half of voters surveyed think the coastal damages lawsuit by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against 97 oil and gas companies should continue.
Cooking from the Heart book signing tour hosted at Barnes & Noble
Accepting the inevitable
Style hits for game day
The "Purple Rain" singer-songwriter is headlining the 20th annual celebration of black music and culture being held July 3-6 in New Orleans.
Louisiana's state school board is considering a two-year delay for some consequences tied to the phase-in of more rigorous educational standards, called Common Core, at public schools.
The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims increased to 2,854 from the previous week's total of 2,363. Initial claims were above the comparable week a year earlier at 2,705.