Church’s free health fair offers info, lifesaving screenings

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF

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.

jared@thepicayune.com

EXHIBITORS:

Baylor-Scott & White Health

Dr. Brian Ransdell

Air Evac

Dr. David Swett, Austin Heart

Bright Smiles Family Dentistry

Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy

Kingsland Massage Depot

Gram Grams Homemade Jams

Protea Salon & Spa

Seton Highland Lakes Hospice

Juice Plus (Maribeth Melcher)

Balcones Chiropractic & Wellness

Ja’Dera Plus

Nerium

YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond

Texas Organ Sharing Alliance

The HOP

Seton Hospital

Atkins Pharmacy

Burnet Eye Care

Cain Orthodontics

Windchime Assisted Living

Young Living Essential Oils

Thrive Food Consultants

Connect Hearing

Kingsland Hills Care Center

Highland Lakes Tai Chi

May I Help You?

Llano County Sheriff’s Office

Tracie’s Beauty & Health

Ohana Birth Professionals

HLUMC Card Ladies

Friends of the Kingsland Library

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