Oceanport will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and hold a small fair sponsored by Monmouth Medical Center to promote health awareness and education, according to a presentation by Councilwoman Ellyn Kahle made at the Oct. 4 council meeting. The upcoming health fair for both government employees and general members of the community will be held in Borough Hall on Oct. 16, from 3 to 6 p.m.
October, Kahle reminded everyone, is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this health fair will offer free screenings and information on breast cancer as well as other diseases. People of all ages are invited, and there will be children’s activities as well as hors d'oeuvres.
The fair will offer blood pressure checks, cholesterol testing and derma scan (face cancer) and the Jacqueline Wilenz team will be on hand to hand out informational materials.
Going along with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the nearby Long Branch Pier Village is going pink for the entire month, Kahle said. In addition to raising funds for breast cancer research and awareness, the shopping center will be auctioning off a Vespa to one lucky member of the public.
Kahle also announced that in addition to these charitable events, Oceanport has decided to form its own committee to help members of the public in need.
“Some of these fundraising events we’re going to have are going to go towards a ‘passionate friends’ fund,” Kahle said, saying that people with cancer and other diseases often have difficulty getting to appointments, much less completing everyday tasks. “These fund are really going to be able to help them out.”
This committee will serve a variety of different purposes, she said, but mostly helping and supporting people who are sick in their everyday lives. More information on this new committee has yet to come.