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Church to host health fair

There will be no “white-coat syndrome” at St. Peter Baptist Church’s health fair in Aurora.

The day of free health screenings was planned as a friendly, welcoming opportunity for people to tend to any neglected medical needs, said Edythe Williams, one of the event’s organizers.

“I know how people let themselves go,” Williams said. “It’s so easy to let your health get away from you.”

The free health fair is slated to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 9 at St. Peter Baptist Church Ministry, 314 Royal Highway, Aurora. The event is for those who are uninsured, unable to afford medical visits or not in the habit of annual checkups, but anyone is welcome to attend.

The fair will include dental care for anyone under the age of 19 and informational booths by Aurora Middle School, the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department and the Aurora Rescue Squad. Food will be served.

Williams said the booths would cover everything from common diseases and illnesses to strokes. Nurses will be on hand to provide free cholesterol and blood-pressure checks.

“We always say warning comes before destruction,” Williams said.

Williams hopes people would heed any warning signs the screenings identify and follow up with medical providers before their health deteriorates further. Williams was inspired to organize the event by her family’s battles with cancer, sickle cell anemia and diabetes.

Williams credits early detection of her breast cancer with her 19-year survival. During a routine checkup, “The Holy Spirit said with a loud voice, ‘Ask for a mammogram’ … and they found one malignant cyst,” Williams said. “Early detection is the best protection.”

For more information or to volunteer at the event, contact Williams at 252-975-5929.