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Woman wins $100 for attending health fair

Now that she's got the money, Rita Story can't decide how to spend it.

Mrs. Story recently won $100 in a drawing at Thomson's annual health fair.

"I am really surprised," Mrs. Story said. "I don't know what I'm going to do with it. So many things are going through my head. And, there's a lot of things that can happen."

Mrs. Story, a McDuffie County housewife, said this was her second year to attend the health fair, held every spring at Thomson High School.

All who visited the 40 educational exhibits at the fair were entered in the drawing, which was sponsored by Beggs Funeral Home.

"That's the reason for having the drawing, because we have so many great exhibits, yet people run out the door after they have their blood work done," said Dot Cofer, organizer of the health fair. "So, last year we began the drawing, and it helped people to stay."

In addition to the educational booths, the annual event offers blood chemistry tests and lipid panels, vision, hearing and dental checks, thyroid, glucose, cancer and blood pressure screenings, lung function and oxygen level tests, asthma screenings and education, bone density tests and orthopedic surgery education free or at a reduced cost.

"It was very interesting," Mrs. Story said. "I learned things I didn't know."

Lab results are sent to the patient's doctor, said Mrs. Cofer, who has organized the event for 32 years. Beggs Funeral Home is the financial sponsor of the event.

"The health fair would not be possible without Mrs. Cofer," said Keith Beggs, funeral director. "And, we feel it's an asset to the community to have the health fair, because it helps so many people."

Web posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010

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