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Councilwoman sponsors Valentine's Day mammograms, women's health fair

The mammogram van from Kentucky One Health The mammogram van from Kentucky One Health
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch
Nancy Carter Nancy Carter
Mandy Taylor Mandy Taylor
Brenda Wiley Brenda Wiley

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
  • Norton Healthcare
  • KentuckyOneHealth
  • Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness
  • Goben's Chiropractic Offices
  • Susan G. Komen - For the Cure
  • South Jefferson Neighborhood Place
  • Home Helpers & Direct Link
  • Jen Care
  • Colon Cancer Prevention Project
  • American Lung Association
  • Louisville Water Company
  • Passport Health Plan
  • Preston Chiropractic
  • ElderCare Resources

This is the eighth year Councilwoman Welch has sponsored the Mammography Van and Women's Health Fair.

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