9 Health Fair attendance right on target

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Wright and Polly Dickinson drove from the Browns Park area to attend the 9 Health Fair, and Wright said it was worth every minute he spent in the car.

"If they tell us we're sick (though), heck no, it's not worth it," he said.

He said they are "just like everybody else," but they drove 200 miles roundtrip to be at Sunset Elementary School for the event Saturday morning.

Sometimes the couple will go to Rock Springs for the health fair there, but they missed it this year.

"This is more fun, anyway," Polly said. "We see lots of people we know."

Site coordinator Kristi Shep-herd admits the social atmosphere is what attracted some of the 484 patients in the event's 26th year.

The total number includes blood tests offered to those 65 and older Thursday.

"I was really pleased with the results," the first-time coordinator said.

"I was really pleased with the turnout."

The services available included a $30 blood screening, $25 prostate test and $15 blood-count tests, as well as free diabetes, vision, hearing, lung function, blood pressure, private mental health, height and weight checks.

Between 100 and 150 members of the Craig and Cedar Moun-tain Lions Clubs, The Mem-orial Hospital and Veter-ans of Foreign Wars volunteered their time for the four-hour event.

"Around here, it's a community effort," Shepherd said.

Channel 9 in Denver sponsors these fairs throughout Colorado, and the Craig Lions Club organizes it here.

Shepherd is a member of the organization and has been involved in it since she was 12. Her father, Al Shepherd, has been active since 1969.

The fair is endorsed by the Colorado Medical Society and Colorado Nurses Association and supported by the Colo-rado Health and Hospital Asso-ciation.

Shepherd hopes to include oral and breast exams, which she hoped to include this year, in future health fairs.

"I was really happy to see everyone who came out, and I'm looking forward to next year's event," she said.

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