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Novant Health receives grant to support colorectal cancer resources in Charlotte

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.

Funds awarded 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.

For more information about colon cancer screenings, please call Novant Health cancer care prevention and early detection at 704-384-5376.
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016