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Events are to raise hepatitis awareness

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The El Dorado County Hepatitis C Task Force and HepCAware.org have partnered to bring hepatitis C awareness to South Lake Tahoe. Ken Morgan, chairman of the task force, and Kelly Zirbes, founder of the HepCAware.org met last June at a Hep C Awareness event in Carson City.

They decided to work with each other to help raise awareness of hepatitis C in El Dorado County and throughout the state.

The need for public awareness of hepatitis C is what inspires both Zirbes and Morgan, who are both very active in the cause. Together, they have organized a free concert at the Beacon Bar & Grill, Camp Richardson. The concert will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 15, and will feature The El Vasco Quartet and Kelly’s Lot. To hear some of Zirbes’ music go to http://www.kellyslot.com.



In addition, a Hepatitis C Awareness Day is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Bijou Community Park. A $5 donation is requested for lunch and music and everyone is welcome.

The event will include a Bijou Doubles Classic Discs for Life, a tournament to benefit El Dorado County HCV Task Force. The winning pair will win $1,000 to split. Check-in is from 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Beacon Bar & Grill. The tournament starts at 9 a.m. Sept. 16 at Bijou Park with two divisions. The cost is $100 per pair for men and $80 per pair for women. Lunch and shirt are included.



Hepatitis C is an epidemic in the United States. HCV is a systemic blood borne virus that primarily attacks the liver and is spread by blood-to-blood contact. One in 50 Americans have HCV and two out of three don’t know it. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. For more information call Ken Morgan at (530) 577-3111.


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