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Annie Leeds had two corneal transplants when she was 4 years old, but severe glaucoma developed, leaving her blind in her left eye and with severely limited vision in her right. Within months of the cornea transplants, a kidney disorder affected her ability to absorb electrolytes into her bloodstream. And Annie also lost her hearing at around the same age. For a w…

At 15, Leontae Parker is kind, smart and courteous. He likes the Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks and the Golden State Warriors, and he wants to be a police officer when he grows up. Or maybe a football or basketball player. He's active in his church. And he needs a new kidney. His kidneys were removed in March 2011 after disease attacked them, preventing them from…

Carson Dayka is wise for his 16 years. Those close to the Hamburg High School junior chalk it up to his battle with chronic illness that compromised his ability to eat and breathe. The illness has resulted in more than 20 surgeries, 100 hospitalizations — and the formation of countless friendships. "Carson has never complained in his life," said Nicole Dayka, Cars…

Jackson Buyea was born 16 weeks early in a small hospital outside of Indianapolis while his parents were on a road trip to pick up their two older sons visiting relatives in Kansas. The baby, weighing 1 pound, 12 ounces, was kept alive by a respiratory therapist. “She stood for an hour or an hour and a half with two fingers on Jackson’s chest and a little pump j…

Atwal Eye Care has opened a 9,000-square-foot medical and surgical facility in Orchard Park. The site, at 3176 Abbott Road, will feature an optical shop in addition to medical and surgical services. There will be 20 staff members at the site, including ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Sansano Jr. and five other health care professionals. Atwal Eye Care, operates five oth…

The Veterans Administration Western New York Healthcare System will hold a series of workshops on Tuesday designed to bridge the gaps in health care disparities. The Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave., will host the free workshops in Freedom Hall, Room 301. Health care professionals and community residents are encouraged to attend one or all of…

Babies & Bumps, a convention designed to prepare new and soon-to-be parents for all aspects of having and raising a baby, will host its second annual Buffalo event next Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The event – which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2 Fountain Plaza – will bring together nearly 60 organizations that cater to pregnant women, new parents …

The latest Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge will for the first time include a walking component when it gets under way on Monday. “We’re pushing fitness and all these gyms are popping up all over the place, and there’s these crazy, intense workouts that are beyond the reach of most people,” said Dr. Michael Cropp, president an…

Western New York’s walking man is gearing up for a new season of outdoor fitness, starting next week with National Walk at Lunch Day. “Walking is the grand slam of physical activities,” said Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. Haberstro will lead a walk at noon Wednesday starting and ending at The Buffalo News, …

Imagine getting into shape without a gym. It's a tempting prospect. No annoying music blasting at you. No hassle getting to the gym when the weather's bad. Plus, you get to head home from work or school and work out in your comfy home. You can also just take your phone, loaded with fitness apps, and head to the park, on your own, on a sunny day. Sounds great, r…

Greg Liberto isn’t a psychologist – but as a sports performance coach, he’s still able to put the Buffalo Bills and Sabres players on a metaphorical couch to try to sum up their playoff droughts. “Once you have a professional team that believes in itself, even if they don’t have a much talent as other teams, that belief can take you further,” Liberto said as…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

By Jashonda Williams – Contributing Writer Although the health of our environment impacts us all, not everyone is concerned about it. There’s still lot of work to be done spreading awareness and importance of a sustainable environment. Earth Week – which has taken place this week and culminates with Earth Day on Saturday – has been a tradition at the Universi…