william-r-alexis_web.jpgFor the seventh year in a row, Broward County Libraries Division has received a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The grant, administered by The Broward Public Library Foundation, allows the Library Division to offer breast cancer programs and information to patrons.

The money will go towards a Breast Cancer Support and Wellness Health Fair slated for Saturday at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale.

 More than 20 health-related informational tables will  be set up at the fair. Attendees will be able to learn about healthy lifestyles for the whole family and sign up to win prizes. Complimentary light refreshments will be available.

The Memorial Healthcare System mobile mammography van will be at the Health Fair on Saturday. Women may be eligible to have their mammogram paid for by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant. Prescriptions are desired but not required. Appointments are required to take advantage of this service by calling 954-276-5595.

As another feature of the fair, three physicians will give lectures in the auditorium.

Dr. Raja Mudad, who specializes in hematology oncology, will speak on the issue, “What Do Men Have To Worry About?” at 11 a.m.

Mudad serves as associate medical director of the Memorial Cancer Institute in Hollywood, where he is co-director of the thoracic oncology program. He is actively involved in clinical trials in lung cancer and the lung cancer support group at Gilda’s Club in Fort Lauderdale. He is a member of the Gilda’s Club South Florida Professional Healthcare Council.

Dr. Jennifer Harper, who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, will give two lectures. At noon, she will speak on “Women’s Health Prevention and Education” and at 1 p.m., she will address the topic “How Colorectal Screening Could Save Your Life.”

Harper has worked at Holy Cross Medical Group in Fort Lauderdale since 2006. She also is a member of the Gilda’s Club South Florida Professional Healthcare Council. She has particular interest in using her skills to provide “women’s wellness” to her patients, including their emotional, physical and spiritual needs.

Dr. William R. Alexis will speak at 2 p.m. on “Cardiovascular Health—Taking Care of Your Heart.”

He works with the Memorial Healthcare System and practices general, invasive and interventional cardiology. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology, has been in practice at Cardiovascular Consultants of South Florida since July 2006 and is on staff at many Broward County hospitals.

Also, Lynette Culp of the Broward County Parks Department will present a free yoga demonstration from 1:30 to 2 p.m. in the library gallery, showing simple moves for the breast cancer survivor.

Meanwhile, Gilda’s Club of South Florida will present two events at the library.

The first will be at the AARLCC from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22, on the topic, “Breast Cancer Prevention and Education,” with Dr. Cassann Blake of Cleveland Clinic Florida and Dr. Archana Maini of Broward Health. To RSVP for lunch, call 954-763-6776.

A Lunch and Learn program, “Breast Cancer Now and In The Future,” will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Main Library with Dr. Tejal Patel, a medical oncologist with the Memorial Healthcare System. To RSVP for lunch, call 954-357-7443 or 954-763-6776.


WHAT: Wellness Health Fair

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24

WHERE: African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

WHOM TO CONTACT: For more information on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure events, call 954-357-7443.

Photo: Dr. William R. Alexis