Stillman health fair honors student’s memory, ensures others get treated
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Fusco
The second annual Denzel Davis Memorial Health Fair was held today on the quad at Stillman College.
Stillman College student Denzel Davis passed away suddenly in 2018 after a bout of viral bronchitis.
Denzel’s mother said he didn’t know how sick he was and didn’t seek medical attention because he feared the costs of going to the doctor, and that’s something this health fair is hoping to help with.
The health fair offered students and residents important health care screenings like blood pressure and blood glucose tests, and help ensure residents who might not make it to the doctor as much as they should are still taking care of themselves.
“I just want to say, I thank you,” said Denzel’s mother, Camelia Tyre. “Stillman College is amazing. They love our children. They love my son. My son always bragged about Stillman and called them family, so I’m just extremely appreciative.”
Susan Page from the University of Alabama Institute for Rural Health Research said it’s important that people see a doctor regularly, even if they’re not sick.
“We’re really bringing awareness that, as a young person, you can have underlying health issues and not be aware of them,” Page said.
Stillman College is doing all it can to help its students and bring awareness to health care disparities many people face.
“It’s really important because the health care disparities that exist in the African American community are really heartbreaking, and so whatever we can do from Stillman College and so forth to make sure that we can kind of close that gap is absolutely what we want to do,” said Stillman Director of Student Development Tomalisa Washington.