Archive for February, 2017
This March, join Canadians across the country to honor all those affected by colorectal cancer during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Last year alone, an estimated 26,100 Canadians were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. One in 12 men and one in 14 women are expected to develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime.
Despite the fact that colorectal cancer is Preventable, Treatable, and Beatable, it remains the second leading cancer killer in our nation. It does not discriminate against sex nor age. In past generations it was a disease more commonly found in individuals 50 years and over. However, statistics now show that more young people are being diagnosed, particularly those with Lynch syndrome.
Awareness, education and prevention through timely screening and healthy lifestyles are key to survival. Consequently, the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) programs and campaigns are designed with this goal in mind, particularly to our younger population through our Never Too Young (N2Y) campaign.
On March 3rd, you can help support the CCAC and our patients by organizing a “Dress in Blue” Day at your work place. By dressing in Blue and raising funds for important CCAC programs, you will be spreading awareness of the disease, supporting patients and their families. It’s a simple and fun way to help us help you! For more information and to register your workplace, see: http://ccac.donordrive.com/event/515.
During awareness month, we are also celebrating the success of our Foods That Fight Cancer (FTFC) program under the direction of Dr. Richard Béliveau. FTFC’s goal is to help Canadians make the right food choices that will not only help prevent cancer, but also increase the chances of survival.
By supporting the CCAC, not only are you becoming part of the fight against cancer, you are helping to develop important programs and support for patients across the country who struggle to meet the challenges of this disease. “Patients now have more options to treat this disease than ever before. New treatments may completely change the manner in which we treat this disease. I am more optimistic than ever before that we can prolong lives longer and ultimately find a cure”, said Barry D. Stein, president of the CCAC.
We need your help to get the word out to save a life! Please donate to help us help you!
Together we can make a difference!
Visit our website or follow us on social media for a full list of our upcoming March Awareness Month events.
On February 14, 2017, The Giant Colon Tour visited the Jean-Coutu Pavilion at the Université de Montréal. This well attended event was held in the impressive Morris and Rosalind-Goodman atrium in partnership with students from the Department of Pharmacy. The goal of this activity was to raise awareness of colorectal cancer, discuss the benefits of screening and healthy lifestyles, and learn how to prevent the disease. With the theme “In the Heart of the Colon” in honor of St. Valentine’s Day, hundreds of students walked through the Giant Colon with great curiosity and enthusiasm. In addition, several staff members took a few minutes of their busy day to visit this impressive awareness exhibit. The students also organized a photo contest where the participants took a picture with The Giant Colon and published them on Facebook under #colongeantudem for a chance to win several prizes. The event was a real success and the CCAC is proud to have been a part of this event at this famous Montreal university.
Upcoming Giant Colon Tour Stops:
March 4th -5th: Giant Colon in the Yukon
March 16th-17th: Giant Colon Oshawa
March 24th-25th: Giant Colon Kahnawake
On Sunday April 30th at 7:30 AM, at Queen’s Park Circle in Toronto, Balanse Bum Run will host its 6th annual fundraising event to benefit colorectal cancer associations across Canada (including the CCAC) in support of their fight against Canada’s second leading cancer killer.
Bums of all ages and fitness levels are invited to partake as part of a team or fly solo by lacing up to walk/run to raise awareness and education of colorectal cancer. Little Bums can register for a shorter 1 km walk/run starting at 7:40am. The Little Bums race is a free event for children under 12 years of age.
If you live in the area, please join us! There will be food, prizes, music, press, CCAC’s ever-growing popular 40-foot long by 8-foot high, pink inflatable walk-through Giant Colon, and so much more!
“BUM RUN is an awesome event. My family and I have been participating for the past 2 years and we plan to participate again this year to raise funds for the wonderful CCAC and to spread the word that colorectal cancer is preventable through screening. I don’t want anyone to go through what I went through when I was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer. So spread the word: BUM RUN is back! Sunday, April 30th.” Marie Taurasi who is a stage III rectal cancer survivor
As the CCAC will be one of 6 charities to benefit from the proceeds raised at the event we are calling on you to assist in one of two ways:
1. Participate in the event by walking/running: You can register for the event, set up your very own fundraising page furnished by “Running Room” and then have donations pour in! Simply click here to register:
2. Support the cause by donating to one of our team members fundraising page. Here is the link to her fundraising page:
All proceeds will go to the CCAC’s patient support and educational programs. Tax receipts will be instantly generated and online donations are secure.
BUM RUN HISTORY
The Bum Run is a not for profit organization founded by Dr. Ian Bookman, a gastroenterologist in Toronto, with the goal of raising awareness about colorectal cancer screening to prevent the 95% of cancer deaths which still needlessly occur.
Its mission is to increase awareness of the commonality of colorectal cancer today and to increase participation in screening programs to prevent colorectal cancer. In doing so, each year the event selects a list of charities to support in their fundraising initiatives. The charities have been selected based on their performance record in saving lives through promoting easy access to screening and proposal of use of the funds raised.
This December thousands of men around the world banned together under one mission: to lay down their razors to grow out their best beard. No, they weren’t just slacking off on shaving for a month – instead their goal was to raise awareness and funds for the fight against colorectal cancer by participating in Decembeard. The result, a tapestry of beards ranging from peach fuzz to the kind you’d find on a stereotype lumberjack. AND $7,090 raised for the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.
This was the CCAC’s third year participating in Decembeard and both REAL MEN and REAL WOMEN were encouraged to participate by getting sponsors to support their beard growth – for women by faking, making, or painting a beard.
Colorectal cancer is the second biggest cancer killer for men and women combined in Canada, and yet it is 90% preventable and curable if caught in its early stages. In 2014, 1 in 13 men and 1 in 16 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. This amounts to approximately 24,400 (about 13,500 men and 10,800 women) new cases of colorectal cancer each year. That’s why awareness is so important.
The funds we raised with all those who participated and our sponsor; Big City Beards, (for every sale they made during December they donated $1 to the CCAC and advocated for the campaign) will continue to help and support people with colorectal cancer and their families, and raise awareness of the disease, its symptoms, the need for early diagnosis and promote screening in Canada.
“Decembeard is a great charity for the lazy man! What can be easier than stopping to shave for a month!? Aside from the constant reminders from my wife to stop twisting/scratching/combing my patchy beard it is an easy way for me to raise awareness for a disease that has affected my family immensely.
When people see me with my patchy beard they often ask what’s going on and it is a great way to start the conversation about colorectal cancer and how easily it can be prevented. I look forward to many more years of not shaving in December!” Robert Stein
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