Rotary Club hosts low cost blood screening

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Photo by Rick Furr
Rotary Club of Christiansburg-Blacksburg member and LewisGale Hospital Montgomery CFO Tim Haasken participates in the Rotary Club of Christiansburg-Blacksburg and LewisGale Hospital Montgomery’s bi-annual blood screening.

The Rotary Club of Christiansburg-Blacksburg and LewisGale Hospital Montgomery will host their 46th bi-annual blood screening on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 -10 a.m. in the lobby of LewisGale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg.

A public service to New River Valley residents, the fasting blood test screens more than 30 different markers including cholesterol, glucose, and red blood indices at a significantly reduced cost of $40. Results are sent to participants and their physician of choice.

“Now in its 23rd year, more than 20,000 people have taken advantage of this twice yearly opportunity,”state Rotary Club organizers. “While many people use the blood screening to keep tabs on their health, some have learned of potentially life-threatening conditions as a result of the blood screening. Conditions like high cholesterol, diabetes, anemia, and low kidney function can be detected through the blood screening with physician follow up.”

Each year, the Rotary Club of Christiansburg-Blacksburg uses a portion of the proceeds from the blood screening to fund service projects for nonprofits organizations, schools, and parks in the community.

Pre-register for the blood screening at www.rotary7570.org/blood or call 540-951-8988. Walk-in registration is accepted the day of the blood screening.

Founded in 1923, the motto of the Rotary Club of Christiansburg-Blacksburg is “Service Above Self”.  Events like the blood screening, youth development programs, local leadership recognition, and community service projects as well as sponsorship of the Virginia Tech Rotaract Club and participation in Rotary International programs like PolioPlus and Rotary Youth Exchange exemplify this motto.