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AKA Health Summit 2013 5K Walk and Blood Donation Drive

On Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Sixth Annual Health Summit will be held at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Blvd, Pasadena, CA. The event is focused on providing FREE tests and screenings for a variety of diseases that impact our community.

As the event continues to grow and offer a full range of services and information to the community, the desire to bring focus and action to specific health issues also increases. In order to achieve this goal, a 5K Walk has been added to this year's event. Walking for Mommy is leading the way on a 5K Walk through the streets of Pasadena to bring attention to Vaginal Cancer, a rare form of cancer. Unfortunately, more Black and Hispanic women get vaginal and cervical cancer than women of other races and ethnicities.

When you take into consideration that African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined and typically the highest mortality rate within each cancer type (lung, colon, breast, etc.), it's important to shine a light on how cancer in general is devastating to our community. To help shine a light on cancer and the importance of early testing and detection, come out and show your support by joining this short 5K Walk that will kick-off Health Summit 2013 at 8:00 a.m., at the Jackie Robinson Center.

When you return from the walk, you can take a minute to make a difference in our community by donating blood via the American Red Cross. It is important to donate blood because 1 out of 5 people who enter a hospital will need a blood transfusion. When you donate blood, you are truly giving the gift of life. The country, including California, is currently suffering from a blood shortage that can cause surgeries to be postponed or cancelled. Think about this. "You're in an accident and need a blood transfusion to save your life, but there is no blood available because not enough people have donated." A simple 5 percent increase in the number of people donating (currently 5 percent of the population donates blood) means the difference between a blood shortage and having enough blood to meet all needs. Please give the gift of life by donating blood at the Health Summit. You can go to redcrossblood.org, click on sponsor code and enter "healthsummit" to sign up.

Health Summit 2013 is focused on bringing FREE testing and preventative screenings into the community. Some of the FREE services to be offered are HIV Tests, Dental Screenings, Kidney Disease Screenings, Eye Exams, Hearing Tests and much more. Please continue to look for more information on this event that has something for the whole family – Healthy Food, Healthy You Village, Kidz Zone, Raffle Prizes, Line Dancing, a workout routine for all ages, and much more.

[The Premier Sponsor for this event is Kaiser Permanente. Additional sponsors for this event are the Pasadena Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., AIDS Service Center, Edwin's Prescription Pharmacy, City of Hope, Mingle & Plei, Nestlé ® USA, Simplicity Bank, Pasadena Journal, Walking for Mommy and D'Veal Family & Youth Services. Partners for Health Summit 2013 are the Office of Senator Carol Liu, Office of Assemblymember Chris Holden, Council Members Jacque Robinson & John Kennedy, KJLH Radio Station, USC Pharmacy School, City of Pasadena, the Pasadena Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. & The Links, Inc., First AME Church Pasadena and the Pasadena YWCA.]



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