ELKHART -- More than 200 people received free health exams Saturday at the city's first-ever Hispanic health fair, a turnout that surprised -- and almost overwhelmed -- event organizers and volunteers.
For some, the exams and screenings offered by the Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition and Elkhart General Hospital were their first medical checkups since leaving their home countries often decades before.
"Normally only when Hispanics are very sick do they visit a doctor, because the exams are very expensive," said Maria Gonzalez, 42, as she waited to have her cholesterol levels tested. "This is a great opportunity. I came to take care of my health and the health of my family because I don't have a doctor or a way to afford one."
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