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Coalition grant another weapon in colorectal cancer battle
$75,000 gift to Novant Presbyterian Foundation
Published Sunday, March 17, 2019 7:30 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

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The Colon Cancer Coalition’s $75,000 grant to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation will help low-income colorectal cancer patients.

The Novant foundation will use the funds for colonoscopy screenings as well as patient living expenses, rehabilitation and wellness services.

“Through the years, Colon Cancer Coalition funding has made education and early detection of colorectal cancers possible for the uninsured community,” said Maria Kuklinski-Long, Novant Health prevention, education and early detection manager. “Novant Health oncologists are diagnosing more colorectal cancers among patients under 50, many of whom are uninsured. The Colon Cancer Coalition has stepped up to fund colonoscopy screenings to assist those most in need and help save lives.”

Funding for the grant stems from the annual Get Your Rear in Gear Charlotte 5K race, which will be held on March 30 at Independence Park in Elizabeth. For Charlotte event director Phillip Sanford, raising awareness stems from his mother’s death due to the disease.  The race has directed donations from the event to the foundation since 2011 and their collaboration has benefited over 2,600 colorectal cancer patients. Proceeds helps fund services ranging from patient care and staff development to screenings, genetic testing, and financial and psychosocial assistance.

Colorectal cancer is the third most-common cancer diagnosed among men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society, with approximately 145,600 cases expected to be diagnosed this year.  

For more information: coloncancercoalition.org/charlotte

To register for the race, which includes a 5K Run/Walk, as well as a kids’ fun run:



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