Contributions made health fair solid success

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The health fair held on Feb. 18 at Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile provided services to 155 people, who received more than 480 medical screenings.

Many people and groups deserve thanks for contributing to this successful and valuable event.

Five local doctors and medical personnel (Dr. Silvia Mende of Tennessee Eye Care, Dr. W. Reeves Johnson of Summit Medical Group in Fort Sanders, Dr. Leland Smith of Dermotology Associates, Oak Ridge, Ellen Kennel of Oak Ridge Gastroenterology Associates and Ben Lavoy of the Vascular Diagnostics Center of Oak Ridge) generously gave their time and expertise to provide 245 free screenings that resulted in 28 referrals for follow-up care.

The University of Tennessee Breast Outreach Program provided a mobile mammogram unit that conducted 20 mammogram screenings.

Additionally Summit Medical Ancillary Services provided personal and facilities for performing 98 comprehensive blood screening panels, 77 urine “dipstick” tests and 43 bone density screenings.  

A Volunteer Energy Cooperative donation of $1,500 contributed substantially to covering the costs of the blood, urine and bone density screenings.

The balance of the costs for the Summit Medical services had been raised in September 2012 with a community-supported yard sale that helped to raise funds not only for the health fair, but also for several other benevolence activities of Luminary United Methodist Church.

The health fair served the needs of many in the Ten Mile community, but also attracted people from Decatur, Harriman, Kingston, Philadelphia, Riceville and Spring City.

Forty-three volunteers from Luminary United Methodist Church, the Ten Mile scout troop, and others in the Ten Mile community contributed their time, good spirits and great cooking skills.

Monetary donations by Rockwood Walmart ($40) and Kingston Food City ($20), and ice donated by Blue Springs Marina contributed to the healthy breakfast foods and a delicious luncheon provided for the medical and service providers and volunteers at the fair.

LUMC members, as well as Zumba class members, baked delicious muffins that were especially appreciated by people who had fasted before giving blood samples.  

LUMC members provided in-kind donations of time and money to cover advertising activities and costs.

Lynn Wright
Health fair coordinator