Posts tagged Youth
Are you ready to Graffiti Get Down?
The event is being planned and executed by 2nd year Special Events Planning Students at George Brown College in Toronto, and we hear it’s going to be a blast!
GGD is all about the four pillars of hip hop (emceeing, DJ’ing, breaking, graffiti) and showcasing those pillars. Our purpose is to raise money for the George Brown College first year Special Events Students, and this year an amazing 20% of the proceeds will support Sophie’s Run, an initiative benefiting the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.
Just four years ago, one of our professors at George Brown College, Nicole Chuchmach’s mother Sophie, passed away from colorectal cancer. During her mother’s illness and to help with the pain, Nicole started to run and she continued to run to help with the pain and grief of her mother’s passing. In 2008 Nicole started a charity, Sophie’s Run, to keep the legacy of her mother alive. Nicole and a team of runners, with the support of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, ran from Milton ON to NewYork City raising $175, 000 dollars in honour of Sophie.
We also want to honour Sophie, and the courageand strength of both her and Nicole, by donating 20% of our funds raised from GGD.
Please join these incredible young crusaders for a fab night of live urban culture featuring a breakdancing competition and graffiti art raffles. You can also see what it feels like to be bad-to-the-bone and create your own grafitti masterpiece on site. You’ll be supporting George Brown College Special Events Scholarship fund and Sophie’s Run, two very worthy causes!
You can reach Graffiti Get Down on their brand-new Twitter account, @GraffitiGetDown.
“When the doctor told me I could count this as the luckiest day of my life, I realized that this cause I was working on all along was going to take on a deeper meaning for me, and I was going to have to do something about it.” Julie Bernard
The words of Julie are what brought three young professionals together to collaborate on a campaign that will save and change the lives of many.
It has been over two years since Nicole and her team completed Sophie’s Run; an international awareness campaign in honour of her late mother that has raised over $175,000 for the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. Although Sophie’s Run ended after a 780km journey to New York City, where she and her team were escorted to the corner of Radio City Music Hall by the NYFD, Nicole’s feet and heart are still moving forward to fight this very treatable and beatable disease that kills over 9,000 Canadians every year.
Although only 33 years old, Julie, the photographer for Sophie’s Run, was experiencing some abnormal symptoms in the Summer of 2010. After being closely linked to Sophie’s Run from the beginning stages and the message of how Sophie failed to address her illness, Julie was proactive and went to see her doctor. Julie had two (2) polyps removed, one adenomas polyp (with the potential to become cancerous), during a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, prompting the requirement of a full colonoscopy where a hyperplastic polyp (not likely to turn cancerous) was discovered. She found herself feeling foolish with the rush of overwhelming emotions and said so to the doctor. Julie will forever remember the words she got in response “You can count this as the luckiest day of your life.” The procedures would otherwise not have occurred until her late 40s or early 50s. By then the doctor assured her, the results could have been much different.
Together, Julie and Nicole’s story caught the attention of entrepreneur Mark Demborynsky, founder of Pier Vision in the GTA. Mark, having known Sophie, wanted to contribute to keeping her story alive by continuing to raise awareness for this very treatable disease. Having been successful in past projects and with the launch of his new clothing line, Mark joined forces and together we have created a sexy and fun marketing campaign to raise awareness and educate Canadians about the signs and symptoms of this disease.
Their mission is to unite over 1 million citizens in their “Have a Sexy Day” March Awareness Campaign.
To find out how you can help to spread the word and to learn more about their upcoming campaign, please contact Mark Demborynsky at email@example.com.
Are you in or around Milton, ON? You’re cordially invited to the gang’s launch party on March 11th at Ned Devine’s Irish Pub!
The Colon Club (a fun and fabulous non-profit in New York state) has just released the 7th edition of its yearly Colondar, a calendar initiative that features colorectal cancer survivors showing a little skin for a great cause.
“The 2011 Colondar is another stunning take on thirteen colorectal cancer survivors all diagnosed under the stereotypical age of 50. As with every Colondar, the featured survivors proudly show off their surgical scars and share part of their extraordinary personal stories, proving that this is a disease that can happen to anyone, at any age.”
The unfortunate truth is that rates of colorectal cancer are on the rise in younger people, and that men and women are about equally likely to be diagnosed. Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in both Canada and the United States.
Do you have an idea for a colorectal cancer awareness event you’d like to host in your community? Contact the CCAC at 1-877-50-COLON (26566) or firstname.lastname@example.org!
- North Vancouver city mayor Darrel Mussatto (left) poses with Austin
- Hyun Bin Huang takes a shot
- North Vancouver district mayor Richard Walton (right) poses with the owner of Jazzy Cue & Billiards
- North Vancouver district mayor Richard Walton poses with the group
- North Vancouver district mayor Richard Walton (right) poses with Austin
- North Vancouver city mayor Darrel Mussatto (right) poses with the owner of Jazzy Cue & Billiards
- North Vancouver city mayor Darrel Mussatto poses with the group
- North Vancouver city mayor Darrel Mussatto poses with Ick Hwan and a cook
If we’re going to change the way the world thinks about our bodies, we need to tap into the power of youth!
A stellar group of marketing students from Concordia University is teaming up with the CCAC and Anzie Jewelery, (makers of the fundraising Lifesaver bracelet) to make colorectal cancer awareness fashionable within the 18 to 25 demographic. Their blog, <3yourbutt, cheekily dispenses crucial cancer-prevention advice. Give it a read and support their awesome endeavor!
“The reality is that cancer is a leading cause of
death for young adults, but this fact has not
catalyzed the medical community to focus on
the [young adult] population the way it has rallied to treat
older adults and children with cancer. In 2002,
almost 68,000 people aged 15 to 39 years were
diagnosed with cancer, approximately eight
times more than children under age 15.”
-Closing the Gap: A Strategic Plan. Published by the National Cancer Institute’s Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Progress Review Group and the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s Livestrong Young Adult Alliance.
A ScienceDaily article directed us to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, which found that American colorectal cancer incidence rates were on the rise for those under 50, even though overall incidence rates were decreasing. Why?
If you’re colon-conscious, you may not be shocked at the possible explanations:
The researchers address several possibilities for the rise, including rising rates of obesity, which is a major risk factor for colorectal cancer. Dietary factors may also come into play. The researchers note that between the late 1970s and the mid-1990s, fast-food consumption in the United States increased 5-fold among children and 3-fold among adults. A diet high in fast food is associated with both greater meat consumption and reduced milk consumption. Increased consumption of red and processed meat has been shown to increase risk of cancers of the distal colon and rectum, while milk and calcium consumption have shown a protective effect against the subsites in which the rise in incidence was most prominent. They say it is plausible that the emergence of unfavorable dietary patterns in children and young adults over the past three decades may have contributed to the increase in CRC among young adults observed in the study.
While being 50+ is still the biggest risk factor, the fact remains that colorectal cancer may not be as picky as you think. It wasn’t until recently that I learned how many of my twenty-something acquaintances were already getting screened because they had lost a parent or other close relative to colorectal cancer. It makes me wonder how many more might have some genetic pre-disposition to the disease without knowing it.
We are so fortunate to live in a country where establishing population-based screening for those 50+ is a more attainable goal than ever before. Widespread screening is one of the reasons that colorectal cancer rates are stablizing, and perhaps someday we will lower the age to 40 or even 30+.
In the meantime, taking care of your body in your teens and twenties can and will go a long way to being a healthy adult at 50 years old. We urge you to limit your intake of red meat, processed food and alcohol, while enjoying regular exercise and a diet high in nutritious food. Click here to see the CCAC’s nutrition guidelines.
Click here to read the original journal article: Siegel et al. Increase in Incidence of Colorectal Cancer Among Young Men and Women in the United States.Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, 2009; 18 (6)
It’s National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week.
After the cut, read up on just a few of the many organizations focusing on the needs of young adults living with cancer.