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Commissioners urge men to check health

BEAUMONT — The Jefferson County commissioners asked local men to check on their health after a presentation by the Gift of Life program Monday.

“We just completed Champagne and Ribs and all of the funding of that will go directly back into saving lives in Southeast Texas,” Gift of Life Program Executive Director Norma Sampson said.

Sampson asked those in attendance to call five men and have them register for a free prostate screening to detect cancer.

“The value is worth a little over $300,” she said. “For many of them, you get the results right after the screening. While you are there, we provide you with educational opportunities. As many of us know, if we are better stewards of our health and take preventative actions, we will live a lot longer.”

The gift of life will have free screenings at the Beaumont Civic Center on June 6 and at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center on June 22.

Both events are from 9 a.m. to noon.

“This is a challenge to all of the community,” Precinct 4 Commissioner Everette “Bo” Alfred said. “You know some men that are not getting tested. This is a blessing. We have people that care about people here. This program is an outstanding program. I encourage any male that they call ‘insurance poor,’ to at least go. They say wealth is your health. This could be the difference between you wealth, your health and your life. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.”

Those needing transportation can contact Gift of Life at (409) 833-3663.


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