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Women’s Health Fair coming up Thursday

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Colon cancer awareness to be promoted

By Lisa King

Judging by the way tickets are selling, many women around the community are gearing up for the 8th annual Women’s Health Fair, sponsored by Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, officials say.

“Tickets are selling like crazy; we’ve got some new folks coming to provide screenings this year, we’ve got a great speaker lined up and a great emcee, so we are very excited about the way things are shaping up,” said Holly Husband, spokesperson for JHS, the entity that is sponsoring the event.

The health fair will be held Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

This year’s focus will be on colon cancer awareness and will be feature emcee Jean West from WAVE-3 TV and Louisville physician Dr. Whitney Jones with Midwest Gastroenterology.

“Dr. Jones will be talking about colon cancer awareness; he is considered by many to be an expert in the field of gastroenterology, and he is the founder of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project,” Husband said.

Husband said she is very enthused about the quality and number of items for the event’s silent auction.

“Our silent auction table is bursting at the seams,” she said. “We have a particular item that will be of great interest to the ladies, and since this is a ladies only event, we are really excited about it. It is the most expensive item in our silent auction; most are in the twenty-five to fifty dollar range, but we do have this one item valued at three hundred dollars and the bidding will start at one hundred and fifty dollars for it.

“It’s a handmade quilt that one of our volunteers and her friend have created just for the event. Geri Roberts and Linda Sanford are local ladies who are known for their skills in crafts. Geri pieced it and Linda quilted it in a butterfly pattern. It includes two breast cancer ribbons, and it’s an absolutely beautiful quilt. Everyone who sees it just oohs and ahhs over it.”

Other treats for health fair guests include massages from Allure Salon and Spa, as well as discount coupons from Stein Mart and a giveaway from Walmart.

“We will also give out awards, as well, and we will be presenting at the podium and we will be giving away a free stroke screening for someone who qualifies,” she said. “Everybody should leave with something in their hand.”

Proceeds from the event will go to support teen volunteer scholarships.

 

What:Women’s Health Fair

When:Thursday from 5-8:30 p.m.

Where:Claudia Sanders

Cost:$20 per person or $160 per table

For tickets:Call 647-4369 or visit www.jhs.org/womenswellnessaffair