Another fine festival
A few hundred people attended the fourth annual Community Wellness Festival, with many of them participating in the available screenings at Collins Gym on Saturday morning.
George McCrary, festival committee member, said the attendees were of all different ages.
"I was pleased with the event," McCrary said. "The whole idea is to get all ages there. It was a diverse crowd."
Baker University Director of Student Health Services Ruth Sarna said the festival drew a good sized crowd.
"I felt positive about the whole event," Sarna said. "We were hoping that more students will come, but we had a lot of families attend."
The festival hosted 55 exhibitors and saw between 250-300 people during the three hours. The number is slightly larger than last year attendance.
"I think our numbers continue to grow each year by 20 or 30," Debbie Guenther, Baker University Health Center assistant, said. "It's nice seeing more people coming each year."
A total of 88 people took part in the blood screening test, nearly twice as many as last year. Another 20 men paid to have a prostate screening done, also twice as many as last year.
"I think the positive thing about the fair is that there are so many stations available about the resources that are available in the community," Sarna said. "There was a lot of opportunities for good education throughout the morning."
McCrary said setting the event up is hard but it pays off in the end.
"You go through the trouble of setting up and everything, but if you get one person that tells you that you saved their life, it's all worth it," McCrary said.
Last year's festival helped a man determine he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Sarna said hearing results like that is a blessing in disguise.
"You don't want to hear they have a diagnosis like that, but it's good we can offer an event like this to have the screenings," Sarna said.
Sarna said the festival committee sent fliers to the local schools to help promote the event. The festival included a balloon man, free bike helmets and drawings for two free bicycles.
David Mercier won the adult bicycle while Marc and Wendy Conover won the children's bicycle.
"The best part of the whole thing is going out and shopping for the bikes," McCrary said. "I shopped for like five weeks for those."
McCrary also said he found done by the American Cancer Society said that "atleast half of all cancer deaths in the United States could be prevented if Americans adopted a healthier lifestyle and made better use of available screening tests for the disease."
Sarna wanted to think the following businesses for their donations. Those are the Baldwin Athletic Club, Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin City TrueCare Pharmacy, Baldwin State Bank, C-Design, Cranberry Market, Douglas County Rural Water District #4, Douglas County Senior Services, Inc., Hilco, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, The Light Center, Rodrock Chiropractic and Vintage Park at Baldwin City.