Micoud, St. Lucia WI: To launch the month of October as official “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” there will be a Health Fair on Friday, October 2 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Main Street in Choiseul Village. The Health Fair is presented as a public information event to help draw attention and support to the cause of defeating cancer, coordinated by the Micoud Public Library Group in collaboration with the Choiseul Library Group, St. Lucia Cancer Society, Choiseul Health Centre, St. Jude Hospital, and the Bureau of Health Promotions, among other community stakeholders.
This year’s event will include presentations by health care professionals, informational displays, healthcare workers conducting examinations and checks of vital signs, instructions for routine self-care, and inspirational presentations from cancer survivors. There will be “Pink Ribbon” merchandise for sale to help benefit the cause of fighting breast cancer. The Blood Bank will also be on hand for people who would like to donate blood.
Highlights of the day include two presentations by guest lecturers from St. Jude Hospital:
- 11 am: “Conducting a Breast Self-Exam” by Nurse Junette Joseph
- 1 pm: “Breast Cancer: Screening, Signs and Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Management” by Dr. Kera Natram
In addition to the Health Fair at the beginning of the month, plans are underway for a “Drink It Pink” fundraising soiree and silent auction on Saturday, October 31 at the Micoud Community Center (ground floor of Micoud Library building). More information about this event and ticketing will be announced soon.
The goal of these events are two-fold:
1) To increase awareness and knowledge for members in our community who may be at risk for developing cancer, or who may have family and friends already stricken with the disease.
2) To help raise funds for the St. Lucia Cancer Society, which strives year round to educate all about prevention of the dread disease and to assist patients and families as they battle illness.
Last year’s Health Fair (a now-annual event) was held in Micoud, and attracted more than a hundred participants and attendees – many of whom received free examinations and valuable health care advice.