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Tuesday, Aug 20 2013 06:05 PM

Health Digest: Free cancer screenings coming to Arvin; donor honored

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    By Photo courtesy of OneLegacy

    Bakersfield resident Kathy Vochoska was honored this month for her volunteer work teaching high school students about organ donation. Vochoska, center, is pictured wtih OneLegacy Community Programs Supervisor Erika Ospina Awad, left, and Donate Life Ambassadors Coordinator Lacey Wood, right.

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By The Bakersfield Californian

The CBCC Foundation for Community Wellness will offer free breast, prostate and colon cancer screenings Sunday in Arvin for people who do not have health insurance.

The screenings are available by appointment and are focused on migrant farm worker families and Kern County's Spanish-speaking residents, the foundation announced in a news release. Childcare will be provided and proof of citizenship is not required. Staff from the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center will conduct the screenings and results will be confidential. Breast cancer exams are for women age 40 and older, prostate cancer screenings are for men age 45 and older and colorectal cancer exams are for men and women 50 and older.

The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Farmworker Institute of Education and Leadership Development (FIELD) Learning Center, 141 North A St. in Arvin. Sixty appointments are available. Cancer education will also be provided.

To make an appointment call 854-0363 or call the CBCC Foundation toll-free at 855-219-0552. Support for the event comes for the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC), FIELD, the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Kern Comprehensive Cancer Awareness Partnership.

CBCC will also be holding a free prostate cancer screening for the uninsured and underinsured from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at the center, 6501 Truxtun Ave. Appointments are required. Call 862-7136 to schedule. The event will also feature cancer education and lunch.

 

Glenwood Gardens will host a health fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event at will be held at the senior living facility, 350 Calloway Drive, Building A, and is open to the public. There will be free blood pressure checks and balance screenings, information about senior safety and transportation, and tours of the facilties. Senior-related vendors will also be on hand. Food, prizes and music will also be offered, said Jodi Moore, sales and marketing director for Glenwood Gardens.

 

The Kern County chapter of Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) will hold its third Friends of Jerod Reverse Draw Night Sept. 7.

The dinner and reverse draw is a fundraiser and awareness event for FARA. Friedreich's Ataxia is a degenerative neuro-muscular disorder accompanied by symptoms including muscle weakness, loss of control of the arms and legs, and impaired vision, hearing and speech. Bakersfield resident Jerod Laird was diagnosed with the disorder at age 13 and his family has spearheaded local awareness efforts for eight years.

The fundraiser will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Canyon Hills Assembly of God in the gym, 7001 Auburn St. Tickets are $100 and include two Outback Steakhouse dinners and a chance to win $5,000. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Gift baskets will also be given out at random. Call Carrie Laird at 565-5950 for tickets.

 

A Bakersfield kidney donor was honored earlier this month for teaching high school students about organ and tissue donation.

Kathy Vochoska, who donated a kidney to her 22-year-old son in 2011, was recognized Aug. 10 at the Donate Life Ambassadors Conference by OneLegacy, a nonprofit that promotes organ and tissue donation. Last year Vochoska gave 106 presentation to more than 5,000 students and racked up more than 250 volunteer hours, according to a news release.

-- Californian staff writer Rachel Cook.

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