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KU Med Center will offer screenings at Herzogfest

7/25/2013

Special to The Hays Daily News

VICTORIA -- After Renee Wasinger Bolte and her sister and brothers lost their father to skin cancer, they decided to do more than mourn his death.

Along with their mother, grandmother, aunts and uncles, they formed the Ronald J. Wasinger Melanoma Research Fund and are helping to fund a free skin cancer screening in the community where their father grew up.

From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 10, everyone is welcome to stop by for a free screening during Herzogfest. Dermatologists from Hays and the University of Kansas Medical Center will be on hand, along with staff from the Midwest Cancer Alliance. The MCA is the outreach arm of the University of Kansas Cancer Center and works to ensure new discoveries and therapies are available to patients across the region.

"Our dad loved growing up in Victoria and told us many stories about the community's German heritage," Bolte said. "We thought free skin cancer screenings during the fest would be a good way to celebrate our father and help out his hometown."

The screenings will take place in a tent on the festival grounds.

Brooke Groneman, outreach director for the MCA, is hopeful 100 or more residents from Victoria and the surrounding area will participate.

"Popular community events like Herzogfest allow us to provide a potentially life-saving service to a large number of people," Groneman said.

For more information about the screening, call (913) 588-4719.