Houston Newsmakers April 2: Missing & homeless children; groundbreaking MS exercise program

HOUSTON – How many children are missing in Harris County? Controversial social media reports said thousands are missing in major U.S. cities. 

Emily Freeborn, a staff attorney for Children at Risk, says those reports were greatly exaggerated and explains why on this week’s "Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall."

Freeborn also says there are few differences between the challenges young people face when they are either runaways or homeless.

“Runaways have been reported so there is someone out there looking for them,” she said. “Homeless are just as vulnerable but they don’t have anyone out there necessarily looking for them.” Much more on efforts of Children at Risk to help parents create safe environments for children.


The National MS Society has teamed up with the UT Health Science Center and the YMCA of Greater Houston to create a new  program to enhance the condition of people with multiple sclerosis. 

“In my opinion, exercise, hand in hand with medication, is the single most important approach to impact the consequence of the disease,” said Dr. Leorah Freeman, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the McGovern Medical School in the UT Health Science Center. “My job is to try to find the best medication for my patients but also to provide this education and now I have a concrete way, thanks to the YMCA and the National MS Society to help them with this program.”

Also on the program, Lisa Sailor, who for more than 25 years has been dealing with MS and who helped create the program, and Lharissa Jacobs, director of community health for the YMCA of Greater Houston.


Mary Grace Landrum, a OneStar State Service commissioner,  and VISTA volunteer Munirah Jinwright talk about the upcoming Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service to honor thousands of volunteers from VISTA, AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps.

"Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall," Sunday at 10 a.m. right after "Meet the Press" on KPRC Channel 2.

 Emily Freeborn, attorney, children at risk 713-869-7740 , www.childrenatrisk.org


Lisa Sailor, National MS Society Advocate, 713-228-9341, http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Research/Research-We-Fund/How-We-Fund-Research-NOW-Campaign/Lisa-Sailor   BetterHealth@ymcahouston.org   

Twitter: @MsSociety

Leorah Freeman, neurologist-UT Health Science Center, 713-500-7046 https://med.uth.edu/neurology/faculty/leorah-freeman/  BetterHealth@ymcahouston.org

Twitter: @McGovernMed

 Lharissa Jacobs, director, community health, YMCA of Greater Houston, 713-758-9186, www.ymcahouston.org  BetterHealth@ymcahouston.org   

Twitter: @ymcahouston

Mary Grace Landrum, OneStar Foundation State Service commisioner, 713-722-8307, www.onestarfoundation.org  www.NationalService.gov

 Munirah Jinwright, VISTA volunteer, OneStar Foundation, 713-722-8307