Opportunities abound for you to get involved by way of time, treasure and talent during March which if the official month of Colon Cancer Awareness. Since March 2000, the nationally recognized day has grown to be a rallying point for the colon cancer community, when thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the country join together to spread colon cancer awareness and raise funds for the cause. The nationâ€™s oldest and largest nonprofit dedicated to the disease, the Colon Cancer Alliance, is encouraging everyone to support National Colon Cancer Awareness Month so the disease can be knocked out of the top three cancer killers.
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If you’ve been reading the Punch for a few years, then you know how frequently I post about the disease because of my relationship with what was Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation and is now the newly merged entity Colon Cancer Alliance, based in D.C., led by Chris4Life founderÂ Michael Sapienza. As I continue my partnership with them, I’m constantly thinking of ways to raise money and engage the community at large. One way has been to lead a team for the annual Scope It Out 5K Race Run/Walk which is in its 11th year and will be held in the nation’s capital on Sunday, March 20th at 9am in Freedom Plaza. In years past, I’d not had one single person for whom to honor or walk in memoriam. Not that you have to, but it just drives one a bit more to reach past the fundraising goals and inspires energy. It makes it more personal.
This year, I do. It’s Michelle Benaim, her husband Avi and their three beautiful (seriously, I kid you not, this is one stunning family) children. I have only known Michelle over the years by way of our social networks and numerous crossover fundraising efforts. We have mutual friends and we run in various circles together. She has always exuded high energy, positivity, a hilarious, outspoken manner, and a spirit which never waivers. Her smile and laugh, her anecdotes – they are infectious. That’s why those who know her, LOVE her, respect her and enjoy her company. That’s why she’s good at what she does. That’s why, when she was diagnosed with colon cancer last fall, everyone was in shock, but moved quickly to assist the entire family.
Michelle and Avi openly have been sharing updates on Facebook, photos, stories, the good, the tough, the inspiring. She’s a fighter and as she recently wrote on her status, “It takes a village…” Her close friends have been by her side in person and in spirit. Through the holidays, when most families are concerned with parties, trips, gifts, dinners and gatherings, they had to face treatments and very challenging times. As I checked in and followed their story, the continued thread throughout has been her sense of humor, their deep sense of gratitude and the strong love their family has that bonds them together.
So with this, I am proud to announce that this year, 2016, I walk, I raise money and I fight colon cancer FOR The Michelle and Avi Benaim Family. Team Pamela’s Punch will make our goals. We hope you join us with your time, treasure and or talent. We walk for:
*Creative Prevention Campaigns which encourage early screening
*Innovative Research Programs to find a CURE
*Patient & Caregiver Support Initiatives
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Help us get to our goal of
$7,500Â Â !!!!$10,000!!!! Â Â !!!!$15,000!!!! Â
Walk with us for a loving family who has done so much for the community, who is filled with grace and humbleness and who continues to fight colon cancer.
***Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and theÂ second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. On average, the lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about one in 20. In 2016, it is estimated that more than 130,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and nearly 50,000 will die from the disease. Despite these statistics, it is one of the most preventable and, if found early, most treatable forms of cancer.
A simple test could save a life. The importance of colon cancer screening:
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only two in three adults who need to be screened are actually doing it.
- Colon cancer often has no symptoms until itâ€™s at an advanced stage. In many cases, timely screening can prevent colon cancer by finding and removing polyps before they become cancer.
- Everyone starting at age 50 should get screened. However, family history, ethnicity and race can put an individual in a high-risk group and make them a candidate for early colon cancer screening. Talk to your doctor about the best age for you to be screened.
- While rates for colon cancer in adults 50 and older have been declining due to improved screening rates, incidence rates in adults younger than 50 years have been increasing.
- There are more than one million colon cancer survivors in the United States. Since the mid-1980s, the colon cancer survival rate has been increasing, due in part to greater awareness of screening and screening options, as well as improved treatment options.
Support National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Ways to Get Involved: Â
- Show support for those fighting the battle and raise awareness for colon cancer by wearing blue on March 4, National Dress in Blue Day.
- Know the facts about colon cancer to be a beacon of hope for those who have questions. Talk to friends and family about the screening options now available and the importance of getting checked.
- Host a fundraising or education event.
- Register for the Colon Cancer Allianceâ€™s annual fundraising Undy Run/Walk and Scope It Out Events. Throughout the year, the organization hosts 25 fundraising Run/Walk events in major cities throughout the United States.
Colon Cancer Awareness Month is presented by Exact Sciences, with additional support for the effort provided by Boston Scientific Corporation, Dulcolax, and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
For more information about the Colon Cancer Alliance and colon cancer screening, treatment and patient and family support, visit www.ccalliance.org.
For more information about Colon Cancer Awareness Month, or to find nearby events and ways to get involved, visit coloncancermonth.org.
Register for the nationwide Run/Walk events at www.ccalliance.org/undy-runwalk/.