Women’s health fair offers services, help

October 2, 2019 Cranberry Local News


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Jen’s Academy Dancers will host and compete Oct. 13 in “Performing for a Cure,” a twirling competition between different groups and the studio, to raise money for to fight breast cancer.

The Women’s Health and Wellness Fair Oct. 12 aims to provide support for visitors by offering a wide variety of information and services that can help those interested in bettering their health or who are undergoing treatment for a specific issue.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clearview Mall in Center Township.

From blood pressure screenings by Butler Ambulance Service to booths with oncologists and radiologists, the fair will have something for everyone.

“They can get any kind of help they need. All they have to do is walk around and ask,” said Cheryl Schaefer, leader of the Butler Breast Cancer and Women’s Cancer Support Group. “And you don’t have to be a female. There’s things there that are for men too.”

The fair’s goal is to provide attendees with services and information that can help improve or maintain their health, Schaefer said. Because of that, the group of service providers differs from year to year.

“If you’ve been there before, it’s not the same,” Schaefer said.

Meals on Wheels will provide assistance to those who may be temporarily unable to cook; a physical therapist can help attendees who are looking to make an appointment; and doctors can speak on the issue of certifying patients for medical marijuana.

In addition, the presence of these health professionals can help visitors learn there are some treatment options available for them in many areas of Western Pennsylvania, Schaefer said.

“A lot of people think you have to go to (UPMC) Magee (Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh) to get a breast surgeon. That’s not true,” she said. “We have one in Armstrong County, so you can go closer to home.”

In addition to the health care providers who can help the attendees, visitors can participate in a basket auction. Proceeds from the sales will help the support group to help assist county women who need help as they undergo cancer treatment.

The auction, which will run during the fair Oct. 12 and 13, will end the same day as Jen’s Dance Studio’s “Performing for the Cure” event, a twirling competition between different groups and the studio itself.

“It’s amazing to see these young girls and guys twirling these batons and performing,” Schaefer said.

The studio raises funds for breast cancer each year, Schaefer said, and this competition is an extension of that. The winning group will receive a monetary prize it can choose to donate to any charity — even if is unrelated to women’s health.

“It doesn’t matter where it goes, because it’s going to a wonderful cause,” Schaefer said.

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