Health­care Express fights cancer with ‘Fall Mi­nis for a Cause’

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

In or­der to help fight cancer and cel­e­brate the sea­son, Health­care Express in Bryant, 23150 In­ter­state 30, has set up a fall themed back drop for Fall Mi­nis for a Cause.

“We have set up a hay bale, pump­kins and all kinds of fun things for peo­ple to take pic­tures,” Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tor Sarah Heer said.

It will be avail­able to any­one who wants to take a pic­ture through Novem­ber. Health­care Express is only pro­vid­ing the back­drop, not a pho­tog­ra­pher. Heer said any pho­tog­ra­pher who wants to use it for their client’s pho­tos is wel­come or in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and oth­ers can just take pic­tures with their cell phones.

All Health­care Express asks is that any­one who uses the space make a do­na­tion in­side the clinic. Heer said it can be as lit­tle as 25 cents or up to as much as a per­son feels like giv­ing. That money will be split be­tween the Su­san G. Komen Foun­da­tion and St. Baldrick’s Foun­da­tion, both or­ga­ni­za­tions that are fight­ing against cancer.

Heer ex­plained that Health­care

Express loves to give tips. One of them is that pump­kins, a big part of the dis­play, are full of be­tac­arotene, an an­tiox­i­dant that is know to help pre­vent cancer from form­ing. She said it is a good con­nec­tion be­tween the sea­son and

Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“We want to give and show our com­mu­nity we are a giv­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion and busi­ness,” she said.

Heer en­cour­ages any­one who uses the dis­play to post it on Face­book with the hash­tag #Hecpump­kin­s4­can­cer to en­ter to win a catered Thanks­giv­ing Meal from Din­ner’s Ready Express

Ca­ter­ing, lo­cated in Ben­ton.

“We wanted to use a lo­cal busi­ness to help peo­ple,” Heer said.

She feels of­fer­ing the back­drop ed­u­cates the com­mu­nity about health while get­ting the com­mu­nity in­volved.

An­other way Health­care Express is cel­e­brat­ing the sea­son is with its free Trunk-or-treat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tues­day for the

com­mu­nity.

More than 20 area busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions are tak­ing part and of­fer­ing candy and games.

The win­ner of the cos­tume con­test will get passes to Ur­ban Air Ad­ven­ture Park.

“We are pumped,” Heer said.

The trunk-or-treat will go on rain or shine, though she ex­pects nice weather.

ELISHA MOR­RI­SON/ The Sa­line Courier

Sarah Heer, com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tor for Health­care Express in Bryant, shows off the clinic’s photo back­ground set up for the com­mu­nity to take fall pho­tos to help raise funds for Su­san G. Komen and St. Baldrick’s Foun­da­tion.

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