Churchill Downs hosts Backside Health Fair

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Posted on May 19, 2014 at 6:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Churchill Downs Backside was packed on Monday as the Mobile Mammography Unit rolled into the track.

It's an effort to provide screenings for the under-served and it's all thanks to Horses and Hope and KentuckyOne Health.

Horses and Hope is dedicated to educating the often overlooked members of Kentucky's horse industry and helping detect breast cancer early enough to treat it successfully.

The Mobile Mammography screenings are part of the Backside Health Fair, which is held twice a year for the more than 800 backside workers.

"A lot of these folks are 800 or 900 miles from home," Frank Agriasoni, the Backside Events Coordinator said. "A lot of them don't know the language and so we try to bring everything to them, where they wouldn't have a chance to do it anywhere else. We have a lot of people who suffer in silence so we try to bring everything to them here at Churchill Downs."

The sales of Lily drinks at Churchill Downs on Oaks Day also helps to make the screenings possible.

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