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Clinic hosts Fun Run Saturday

Article Published: Aug. 5, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

A 5K Fun Run hits the High Country Saturday and, as its name implies, it's all about the fun.

"We're expecting good weather," Boone Community Care Clinic (BCCC) executive director Rebecca Moore said.

The run, which benefits BCCC, is really more of an event, with a raffle for door prizes (think RiverGirl Fishing Co. river trips and a stay at the Mast Farm Inn) and a children's area. A health screening is also among the highlights. After all, BCCC is all about health.

"What we're hoping is that as many people in the community as can come for this event come," she said, because the cause needs your support.

The clinic, which benefits low-income, uninsured patients in Watauga County, provides primary and preventative care.

"We have gone from being open three hours a week for a number of years to, as of this month, being open 32 hours a week," she said.

And, as the economy drops, the patient pool increases. Currently, BCCC sees between 50 and 75 people a week, and that number is expected to increase with the extended hours.

The numbers don't surprise Moore."This county has the highest uninsured rate in the state," she said.

One third of the population between 18 and 64-years-old is uninsured. "That's a lot," she said.
And that means a lot of work for BCCC.

The run happens Saturday at Brookshire Park, located off Industrial Park Drive in the Watauga County Industrial Park. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. with the run beginning at 8:30 a.m. A family walk starts at 9 a.m. Suggested donations are $5 for individuals, $10 for families, and $20 for T-shirts. All proceeds benefit BCCC.

For more information, call the clinic at (828) 265-8591.

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