School supplies

Saturday’s Heart of Oklahoma Back 2 School Bash in downtown Purcell isn’t only about free hot dogs, hamburgers, games, entertainment and school supplies.

Though all those will be available at the annual event from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Bash, which is open to all, is sponsored by Landmark Church.

This year it will be on 2nd Avenue between McClain Bank and the McClain County Courthouse.

Among the activities will be games, outdoor laser tag, a climbing wall, music and prizes too numerous to count.

There will also be free health screening courtesy of the Purcell Lions Club in cooperation with Lions of Oklahoma, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Integris Health and Advanced Body Scan.

Volunteers from Purcell Municipal Hospital will staff the Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit, said Purcell Lions Club President Jason Bean.

“Lions for a healthy Oklahoma are addressing the most critical health issues in our state,” Bean said. 

Among the free screenings available will be tests for glaucoma, diabetes, cholesterol, visual acuity, basic pulmonary (lung) function and high blood pressure.

“Glaucoma and diabetes are two of the major causes of blindness,” Bean continued, “and are often not discovered until irreversible damage has occurred. Undetected high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and obesity can be life-threatening.”

Bone density screening will also be offered. Osteoporosis, especially in women older than 40 years, is a critical concern, Bean said.

Because the Lions don’t provide a diagnosis, individuals will be given the results of their screenings to take to their personal health care provider.

Oklahoma Lions debuted their $200,000 MHSU in May 1998.

Since then it has visited many of the more than 200 Lions Club communities across Oklahoma.

The non-profit Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation MHSU was purchased and equipped through donations and grants from the Lions Clubs International Foundation, many Oklahoma Lions Clubs, companies and individuals.

Prevention of blindness and loss of vision have been emphasized by Lions Clubs around the world ever since Helen Keller addressed a national meeting of Lions in 1925.

Keller, who was blind, deaf and mute, challenged the Lions to become “Knights of the Blind.”

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