Friend to Friend: Staying healthy together

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Exhibits, vendors, food and information are all part of a Friend to Friend party that Wise County women are invited to attend at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdin St.

This event will help women learn about breast and cervical cancer and how early detection provides the best protection against these two types of cancer.

Dr. Sheilaine Mabanta, with the Cancer Center at Wise Regional Health System, will provide information on mammograms and pap tests and guidelines for when to get these screenings. A representative from the Susan G. Komen Foundation will share a testimonial related to the importance of breast and cervical screenings.

For women who think they cannot afford the cost of the screenings, resources are available to help. Informational exhibits secured at this time include the Moncrief Cancer Institute, Mary’s Gift and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Wonderful finger foods sponsored by Moncrief Cancer Institute and planning coalition members, along with popular retail exhibitors, will create a fun and festive atmosphere. Door prizes will be provided by exhibitors as well as several others from area businesses.

Women are encouraged to pre-register, which will enter them for a special door prize, by calling the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

The Friend to Friend party is free of charge due to the generosity of area sponsors and grant funds provided by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Wise County and the Friend to Friend planning coalition are hosting the event.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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