FAIRDALE, KY (WAVE) – On Valentine's Day, the hearts, along with other body parts, of more than 100 Louisville women got some special attention thanks to the efforts of a Metro councilwoman.
"Since I am a registered nurse by background, then I have incorporated a health fair," said Vicki Aubrey Welch, the District 13 Metro Louisville councilwoman.
Welch sponsored a women's health fair at the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church Parish Hall in Fairdale. Participants had access to blood sugar, blood pressure and body mass index screenings as well as one-on-one consultations with diabetes, nutrition, chiropractic, and smoking cessation providers.
The event also provided the women taking part access to a mammography van, providing on the spot breast cancer screenings. Nancy Carter credited the free screenings to saving her life in the past.
"They found on me one as big as a baseball that the doctor couldn't feel," said Carter, of Fairdale. "The only thing that picked it up was the mammogram here."
While a history of family health issues motivated some women to get screened, it became Mandy Taylor's inspiration for a career.
"When I was about 21-years-old I found my first lump," said Taylor, 25, a Susan G. Komen Louisville Mission Development Coordinator. "Knowing my family history with breast cancer, it really sparked something in me that I wanted to get the word out."
Using games and prizes, Taylor helped get a bold message across to those in attendance: early detection can saves lives.
"Everybody needs to know about their health," said Brenda Wiley, a Valley Station resident.
"Don't ever wait," encouraged Carter.
Through the partnership forged between Councilwoman Welch, the University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, physicians administered free mammograms for women over the age of 40 without insurance.
The following businesses participated in the Valentine's Day Women's Health Fair:
U of L Cancer Research / James Graham Brown Cancer Center
Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness
Goben's Chiropractic Offices
Susan G. Komen - For the Cure
South Jefferson Neighborhood Place
Home Helpers & Direct Link
Colon Cancer Prevention Project
American Lung Association
Louisville Water Company
Passport Health Plan
This is the eighth year Councilwoman Welch has sponsored the Mammography Van and Women's Health Fair.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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