Trail Riders to host ride
at bell cow lake this weekend
Oklahoma Equestrian Trail Riders Association Inc., the state's trail-riding association, is hosting its spring trail ride in Chandler Friday through Sunday at Bell Cow Lake. Trail-riding enthusiasts are invited to bring their horses to enjoy the many miles of trails around Bell Cow Lake for day riding or even overnight camping in the equestrian campground. The trails at Bell Cow are well marked and horses do not need to be shod. Organized activities include a friendship stew at 6 p.m. Friday and a covered dish dinner Saturday with a live band. All activities will take place at the equestrian campground pavilion. Costs for the spring ride are camping fees of $30 for two nights and a $10 event fee for OETRA members or $15 for nonmembers, but a discount applies to families of more than four. The ride is named in honor of trail riding ambassador, Mary Ben Marshall, 90, who is a long-time association member. Funds raised go to Kaw Lake's equestrian trails and camp in Ponca City and Robbers Cave State Park equestrian camp and trails in Wilburton. For more information, email Larry or Jeanette Zeller at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-2401. To learn more about the OETRA, visit www.oetra.com.
Oklahoma City researcher receives $50,000 fellowship grant
The Arthritis Foundation has presented Dr. Shaofeng Wang of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) with a two-year $100,000 Arthritis Foundation postdoctoral fellowship to expand his research on lupus genetics. The Arthritis Foundation's grant program exists to support and promote the best research structured to find answers to questions about the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related rheumatic diseases, and the postdoctoral fellowship is designed to encourage qualified scientists to embark on careers in research related to the understanding of arthritis and the rheumatic diseases. Wang, who holds both a medical degree and a doctorate and is working on his postdoctoral fellowship at OMRF, was one of 57 applicants, of which the fellowship funded 20.
Cancer Center researcher honored with national award
A researcher at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma has been recognized nationally for his work in the field of pancreatic cancer treatment and prevention. Dr. Altaf Mohammed of the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center has been named the Bristol-Myers Squib Oncology Scholar-in-Training Award recipient for 2013 by the American Association for Cancer Research. The AACR is the nation's oldest and largest professional association dedicated to advancing cancer research. The award recognizes Mohammed's research into the effects of a diabetes drug on the progression of pancreatic cancer. It was presented this month at the AACR meeting in Washington, D.C., the nation's largest gathering of cancer researchers with more than 18,000 participants from 60 countries attending. In addition to earning the award, Mohammed was selected to share his work in an oral presentation with fellow researchers from throughout the world at the AACR meeting. For more information about the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center, visit www.OklahomaCancerCenter.org.
Parkinson group to host walk
The Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma will hold its third annual Walk in the Park at 9 a.m. May 4 at Stars & Stripes Park at Lake Hefner. The event will feature a one-mile walk/fun run and a 5K run. Participants may register individually or build teams at www.walkinthepark2013.kintera.org or www.parkinsonoklahoma.com through May 3 or on race day beginning at 8 a.m. at the park pavilion. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. For information, call 810-0695.
Walk to raise awareness, funds for treatment of mental illness
You can help raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness by participating in the National Alliance on Mental Illness Oklahoma (NAMI) Walk at 9:15 a.m. May 18 at Stars and Stripes Park at Lake Hefner. The 10th annual 5k walk will benefit Oklahomans with mental illnesses and their families. Before the walk, Dr. R. Murali Krishna will present his namesake Eliminate the Stigma of Mental Illness Award to a family. The $1,000 cash award was developed as a way to honor people or organizations that have shown an outstanding contribution to the community by eliminating the stigma of mental illness and improving the lives of those affected by it. Krishna also will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, “VIBRANT, To Heal and Be Whole, From India to Oklahoma City.” To participate as a walker or sponsor, or to nominate someone for the award, contact Gail Israel at 230-1900, email email@example.com or go online to www.namiwalks.org/oklahoma.
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