The fair was dedicated to former Health and Wellness Committee chair Rodney Wright, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer. His wife, Joy, also had a bout with cancer this year.
Jonathan Porter said the organization continues with the health fair every year because health affects everybody.
“We want everybody in the community to participate and take charge of their own health,” he said. “This is a community effort to make everyone in Bradley County aware of their health and available health services.”
He said diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer are still problematic.
Oscar Kelly said insurance companies, hospitals and clinics came to the mall from Chattanooga and Cleveland to provide information and show off their products.
Angel Royse of Cyberknife of Chattanooga at Erlanger Hospital was on hand to show how robotic technology is used to treat cancer.
“The Cyberknife is a robot that delivers radiation therapy to cancerous and noncancerous lesions throughout the body with far fewer side effects than conventional radiation therapy,” Royse said.
She said Cyberknife can treat all types of cancer, except breast cancer. The robot is used primarily to treat prostate, brain, lung, bone, pancreas and liver cancer. Traditional radiation therapy is administered over a period of six to eight weeks, but, with Cyberknife, there is a maximum of five treatments.
“Just come every other day and you’d be finished,” she said. “We are delivering a very high dose of radiation. The Cyberknife can come at a patient from over 200 different angles. Therefore, it’s delivering a tiny dose of radiation from every angle and still gives the tumor the dose of radiation it needs to kill it while radiating less of the normal tissue.”