Oceanside, NY, October 08, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- South Nassau Communities Hospital will host a fun-filled fall festival that will include a 5K Walk, Health Fair, games, food and entertainment on Sunday, October 22 to raise funds to support cancer patients at the hospital's Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center.
The 5K Walk traverses the neighborhoods surrounding the hospital from 9 -10AM, and the Health Fair and Fall Festival will be held outside in the hospital's parking lot from 10AM – 1PM. Admission to both events is free.
Bridgeview Nursing Home, Fulton Commons Center, Mayfair Care Center and Midway Nursing Home are the event's exclusive co-naming sponsors.
Each walker is being asked to raise at least $100 via the Crowdrise website. High school and college students may be able to fulfill public service requirements by participating in the 5K Walk and fundraising efforts.
"This event helps raise vital funds that support our commitment to ensure that residents of the south shore of Nassau County have convenient access to top-notch cancer care," said Dr. Rajiv Datta, medical director of South Nassau's cancer program and chair of its department surgery at South Nassau. "We are grateful for the community's ongoing support, and I encourage everyone to join us to help fight cancer."
"The Health Fair is a great opportunity for families to learn how to stay healthy and get screened for a variety of potential risk factors," said Dr. Adhi Sharma, South Nassau's Chief Medical Officer. "And you can get screened while also enjoying the fun aspects of the festival with your family."
The Health Fair is highlighted by a Health Screening Tent that will provide free screenings for prostate cancer; cardiac risk factors including cholesterol, Body Mass Index (BMI) and blood pressure; asthma; head & neck cancers; sleep assessment; and balance testing.
Proceeds from the 5K Walk will be used to fund essential patient care programs and needs provided by the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center, including:
· Transportation support between treatment and services
· Housecleaning, child care, elder care to support compliance with patient's treatment plans
· Other expenses related to a patient's cancer diagnosis (support with medication, insurance, physical therapy, etc.)
· Support patients to receive wigs/bras, etc.
· Development and expansion of patient support groups
· Development and distribution of patient education materials
· Development and support for cancer awareness and prevention programs for the community and SNCH staff
· Development of programs to reduce barriers to cancer screening and cancer care
From start to finish, South Nassau's main parking lot will host live entertainment featuring local talent, including the School of Rock in Rockville Centre, martial arts demonstrations by Shaolin Self-Defense Centre in Oceanside, performances from the dancers at Leggz, Ltd. Dance in Rockville Centre and an array of fall-themed carnival games, pumpkin painting and food vendors offering delectable foods and refreshments.
There is no fee for parking or Health Fair admission. Registering to walk and/or create a walking team is free and easy. For more information, call 516-377-5370.