Health events, entertainment set for Bea Gaddy Day

September 30, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The third annual Bea Gaddy Day, held in tribute to the woman who was hailed as the "Mother Teresa of Baltimore," will be held Saturday, marked by a citywide collection of non- perishable food, free health screenings and live entertainment.

Gaddy, who fed thousands of needy people every Thanksgiving and ran a shelter for women and children, died of breast cancer Oct. 3, 2001, at the age of 68.

Food will be collected at scores of locations throughout Baltimore, but the center of this year's celebration, led by City Council President Sheila Dixon, will be Mondawmin Mall, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave., where activities will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At the mall, several area health care providers will be conducting free screenings, including: Maryland General Hospital, which will provide mammograms, cervical pap smears, diabetes, cholesterol, pregnancy and high-blood-pressure screenings; Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, which will provide mammograms (call 410-955-1348 for an appointment); and Medstar, which will provide blood pressure, cholesterol and other screenings. In addition, the Baltimore City Cancer Program will provide information about free mammograms at University of Maryland locations around the city, and Harbor Hospital and Union Memorial Hospital will provide information on free mammograms.

In some cases, round-trip transportation will be provided for scheduled appointments.

Eligible participants must be women age 40 or older who are residents of the city and uninsured or underinsured.

Nonperishable food will be collected all day at police and fire stations, parks and recreation centers, several city Safeway supermarkets, all city Harbor Bank locations, as well as some schools, churches, synagogues, colleges and museums. Food can be dropped off at City Hall through tomorrow.

Live entertainment will include Latin and jazz music, and dance troupes.

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