BUCHANAN DAM — When organizers last year promoted on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune the first free health fair at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church, one woman was definitely listening.
She heard special events coordinator Bonnie Wallace mention one of the screenings that would be taking place. The woman had a spot on her face about which she was worried, so she went to the health fair and screening.
The spot turned out to be melanoma.
“It’s very possible we saved her life,” Wallace said.
Wallace and the church are hosting the second annual free health fair at the church, 8303 RR 1431 West, May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. The fair will be in the church’s new fellowship hall.
The health fair is free and open to the community.
“I met a couple of people who said they had seen the sign (advertising last year’s event) but thought it was only for church members,” Wallace said. “We want people to know it’s open to the public so they can leave with information, knowledge and goodies — and it’s completely free.”
Last year’s fair had 22 exhibitors and 226 guests. This year’s fair has 33 exhibitors.
“What we’re trying to do is expand on last year’s by basically putting community members in touch with resources to solve their health needs,” Wallace said.
Some of the free screenings include glucose, blood pressure, skin cancer and glaucoma. Hearing test vouchers also will be offered.
“The purpose of a health fair is to coordinate local resources,” Wallace said. “The church provides spiritual health for people, but we want to go above and beyond.”
The Blood & Tissue Center of Central Texas will be holding a blood drive during the event.
Call Wallace at (956) 330-8106 for more information.