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AIDS Walk South Dallas will be held March 25 at 8 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, located at 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in an effort to bring awareness of HIV and raise funds to support its year-round programs and services for men, women and children. Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, will serve as the Walk Ambassador for the event. This year’s theme is “Engage, Educate, Empower.”

“With over 17, 000 people living with HIV in Dallas County, this is not just a walk for the cause; this is about change in our community,” said Auntjuan Wiley, AWSD event chair.

The walk kick-off party will be held March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Level Offices, located at 701 Commerce St. There is a donation request for attendees.

For more information, visit or to register for the walk, go to


The sixth annual Rally for Lupus is an educational conference presented by the Lupus Foundation of American – Lone Star Chapter. This year’s topic will cover lupus and the skin, as well as why patients should see a rheumatologist. It will be held April 15 at 9 a.m. at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, located at 2222 Welborn St.

The program will cover up-to-date lupus information, have Q&A sessions and professional medical speakers. It is designed to involve individuals with lupus, family members and caregivers. Light snacks will be served.

Registration is required. To register, visit


The Vitorino Group, a commercial real estate investment sales firm in Dallas, recently announced the sale of Magnolia Park Center, a 13,626-square foot neighborhood strip center in Fort Worth. The retail strip center was roughly 88 percent occupied by restaurant and service tenants at the time of the sale.

Bryce Gissler and Anthony Pucciarello of the Vitorino Group represented the buyer in the transaction, while Jason Vitorino represented the seller. The buyer and the seller are both private investors based in Texas. Additional terms of the sale were not released.


Senate Bill 1417, a bill filed this week in the Texas Senate by Texas Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, would ensure that Texans taking care of a loved one released from a hospital or rehabilitation facility would receive caregiver information and training.

It would guarantee that family caregivers receive consultation in medical tasks, such as how to dress a wound or administer medications, to ensure that they can safely provide care when their loved ones return home.

Known as the CARE Act, the legislation is supported by a broad group of patient-advocacy organizations and hospitals. SB 1417 asks that the name of the family caregiver be recorded when a loved one is admitted into a hospital or rehabilitation facility. The family caregiver would be notified if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home. The hospital or rehabilitation facility would then provide an explanation and instruction of the medical tasks that the family caregivers will perform at home.

In Texas, there are more than 3.4 million unpaid family caregivers, many of whom provide complex medical and nursing tasks for their loved ones, and sometimes without adequate explanation or training. Besides bathing and dressing, it’s not unusual for their tasks to include managing multiple medications, providing wound care, overseeing special diets, and operating high-tech medical equipment and monitors.

“SB 1417 is another good tool to help patients and caregivers achieve their health and wellness goals after a hospital stay,” said Ted Shaw, president/CEO of Texas Hospital Association.

AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson said the association and other groups are fighting for the CARE Act because supporting family caregivers is a “top priority for all of us.”

“I applaud and appreciate Senator Taylor for offering Senate Bill 1417 for all Texans,” Jackson added.


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