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MOTTEP Will Have Walk to Foster Awareness of Health Issues

Oct. 18, 2008 – The Save Our Community Committee of the Minority Organ/Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) will hold its 6th annual It's a Family Affair Walk that will begin at 6 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 25. This year's event is being held in conjunction with Our Town Frederiksted, so the route has been changed to begin at Plaza Extra (West) along the Queen Mary Highway to Buddhoe Park.
Participants assembling at the starting point will receive a free T-shirt, and participating students will receive six community service hours from the Frederiksted Twin City Lions Club. MC Rasheedi Clenens will entertain until 11 a.m., and there will be breakfast on sale.
The winner of the MOTTEP essay contest, “What Makes My Family a Success Story,” will also be announced. The 1st prize is $500; 2nd prize, $200; and 3rd prize, $100; and many other valuable prizes and surprises will be given.
Another addition this year is a Community Health Fair at the park, offering free breast exams. The Department of Health will provide the expertise of Dr. Marc Jerome, and the Department of Human Services will provide the privacy of its offices, directly across from the park, for the breast exams. At the park, there will be blood glucose and blood pressure readings performed by UVI nursing students and cholesterol readings by other volunteer professionals.
Persons wishing to park their vehicles at the finish line and who would like a ride to the start of the walk, should be at the park no later than 5:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided to assist persons who park at Plaza Extra.

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