Aug 20, 2020 8:10 PM

UPDATE: EVENT CANCELED: Masons sponsor free cancer screening in Hays

Posted Aug 20, 2020 8:10 PM

UPDATE

Unfortunately, the decision was made by the Hays Masonic Lodge and Masonic Cancer Alliance to cancel the free cancer screening, which was to be Saturday, Aug. 22 at First United Methodist Church.  

Due to the current situation, interest in the event did not warrant moving forward. Hays will be the site of a free screening clinic in the spring or summer of 2021.

Anyone registered for this event, or interested in registering for the future event may email Brooke Groneman ([email protected]), the director of Outreach for the Masonic Cancer Alliance, and request further information. 

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All are invited to stop by for free cancer screenings hosted by Hays Masonic Lodge No. 195, Masonic Cancer Alliance (MCA), and The University of Kansas Cancer Center from  9 a.m. to noon  Saturday, Aug. 22 at the First United Methodist Church – north entrance, 305 W. Seventh St., Hays 

Area Masons work with staff from the MCA and the Kansas Masonic Foundation to coordinate many of these free screening events.

According to Brooke Groneman, MCA outreach director, over 23,000 individuals have attended the screenings since 2008.

Lodge members and staff from the MCA team up with health professionals from the University of Kansas Medical Center to provide health services that include:

• Skin Cancer Screenings
• Prostate Cancer Screenings
• Screen-to-Save Colon Cancer Home Screening Kits
• Body Mass Index (BMI) Assessments

This community outreach event is free and open to the public. Appointments are necessary to participate in the screening event and can be made online through this link: https://bit.ly/HaysCancerScreening.

 Walk-ins may be accepted as capacity allows. The health and safety of our screening participants and team members are our top priority. Below are the measures that will be in place at the screening event to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

• Team members will be required to wear surgical masks.
• Participants will be required to wear masks; masks will be provided to participants who do not have their own.
• Participants will be required to wait in their cars until they are called for their screening appointment.
• No more than five participants will be allowed inside the building at a time.
• Participants will be screened for temperature and will complete a detailed COVID symptom screening questionnaire before entering the building.
• Weather permitting, as many screenings as possible will be provided outside.
• There will be a minimum of 10 feet of distance between each screening area (whenever possible, the distance will be increased as much as possible).
• Designated standing spaces will be taped off inside the building with a minimum of 10 feet of distance.
• Each station and all equipment will be cleaned between participants.
• Volunteers will be limited to two–three people; volunteers will be stationed outside.

For more information on this free cancer screening event, call Chris Neeley at 785-259-2067.