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HEALTH BRIEFS: Organization to host free community health fair Saturday

Organization to host free community health fair Saturday

Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., along with partners H2U — Health to You and Eastside Medical Center is sponsoring a community health fair from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Snellville Senior Center. The health fair is free and open to the public and all ages are welcome. This year’s theme is “Be Healthy. Be Well. Be Beautiful.”

Attendees can expect a blood drive, diabetes screenings blood pressure screenings, HIV screenings, information regarding Affordable Healthcare Insurance, vision screenings, hearing screenings, women’s health information and heart health information — in addition to yoga sessions, a chair massage and games for kids.

The Snellville Senior Center is located at at 2350 Oak Road. For more information on the event, visit www.upsilonalphaomega.com.

Second annual Sarcoma Awareness Sunset Stroll now accepting registrations

The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute will host the second annual Sarcoma Awareness Sunset Stroll at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Piedmont Park. The event will honor sarcoma patients and raise awareness for this disease.

Sarcomas are cancers that develop from connective tissues of the body such as fat, muscles, nerve tissue, fibrous tissues or blood vessels. They account for just one percent of cancers in adults. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be about 12,000 new cases of sarcomas in the U.S. in 2014. About a third of those patients will die from the disease. Because sarcomas are so rare, many patients have never heard of the disease prior to diagnosis.

“This lack of awareness can cause patients anxiety and a feeling that they are ‘alone’ in their journey,” said Georgia Cancer Specialists’ Dr. Gina D’Amato, who started the Sunset Stroll in 2013. “The Sunset Stroll gives patients, loved ones and healthcare providers a chance meet one another and exchange experiences, which in turn will give them hope and encouragement.”

There is not fee to participate in the 2014 Sarcoma Awareness Sunset Stroll. However, donations are welcome. All proceeds will benefit education, treatment and support for patients at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.

This is a family-, wheelchair- and pet-friendly event. For more information and to register, call 404-531-4444 or visit give.northside.com/sarcomawalk and register by June 18. All registrants will receive a T-shirt.