September 07, 2006

TAMPA, Fla. – The Multicultural Resource Center, Inc. of Brandon, an adult education center, is hosting its 6th annual festival on Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Brandon Community Center, 502 E. Sadie Street.  

This year’s event theme is “Celebrating Health.” “The purpose of the event is to promote a healthier lifestyle through multicultural awareness and to also have fun,” says Carmen Gonzalez, director of The Multicultural Resource Center. Health screenings will include mammograms, test for high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol, as well as educational programs. There will be special activities for children. Attendees can enjoy ethnic foods from area vendors, dancing, arts and crafts and live music.

Mammograms will be provided by Moffitt’s Lifetime Cancer Screening & Prevention

Center on their mobile unit. Most private insurances, Medicare and Medicaid are accepted for this service. Women without insurance and who are over 40 years of age may be eligible for a no-cost exam. Appointments are required, please call to pre-qualify and pre-register at (813) 745-6769.

Sponsoring agencies include: Moffitt; The Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network, Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation & Conservation; the School District of Hillsborough County Adult and Community education; and the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce.

In 2001, the National Cancer Institute awarded Moffitt the status of a Comprehensive

Cancer Center in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical

trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National

Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading cancer centers, and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.