Charlotte, N.C., June 23, 2016 – Novant
Health Foundation Presbyterian Medical Center received a $46,500 grant from the
Colon Cancer Coalition to fund colon cancer screenings and to provide financial
support to patients fighting colon cancer.
The funds were raised at the seventh annual Get Your
Rear in Gear 5K, sponsored by Novant Health and the Colon Cancer Coalition. Held
in March at Independence Park, the race is the primary fundraising effort in
Charlotte for the Colon Cancer Coalition Foundation.
will be used at Novant Health cancer care to provide approximately 40
colonoscopy screenings for low-income patients and financial assistance for
colon cancer patients to meet necessary living expenses. Proceeds from previous Get Your Rear in Gear races
have been used to bring a dedicated colorectal cancer support group to
Charlotte and to provide scholarships for colon cancer rehabilitation programs.
Novant Health has been a proud supporter of Get Your
Rear in Gear since its inaugural Charlotte race in 2009. Over the past seven
years, Colon Cancer Coalition funding, supported by local Get Your Rear in Gear
fundraising efforts, has provided vital services to more than 2,400 colorectal
cancer patients in Mecklenburg County.
“The work Get Your Rear
in gear has done to raise colorectal cancer awareness and support in our
community is incredible,” said John Stillerman, vice president of Novant Health
cancer care. “We’re so grateful for their continued support as we fulfill our
commitment to meeting patient’s needs, beginning with screening and continuing
through the colorectal cancer journey.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, colorectal cancer is
the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, despite
being a highly preventable cancer. By providing colonoscopy screenings, Novant
Health is catching colorectal cancer early and reducing cancer risk and fatality.