January 23, 2012
Colon Cancer Alliance Gave Nearly a Quarter Million Dollars to Local Partners in 2011
Launches New Community Health Partnership Grant Program to Provide More Funding and Increased Screenings
Washington, DC (January 23, 2012) – The Colon Cancer Alliance’s Undy 5000 run/walk series has proven to be a strong community partner in each city where the event is held - sharing net proceeds of nearly $250,000 with local organizations and businesses. Today, the Colon Cancer Alliance is proud to announce the launch of the Community Health Partnership Grant Program (CHPGP) to help secure additional partners in 2012 and manage the distribution of funds in the growing number of cities the Undy 5000 visits. The overall goal of the CHPGP program is to provide additional opportunities to help people 50 years or older, those of high risk or that have a family history of colon cancer to get screened for this highly preventable disease.
“Our objective is to secure partners who can help us increase the number of people getting screened for colon cancer,” said Andrea Clay, National Partnership & Strategy Director of the Colon Cancer Alliance. “Our partnerships resulted in a new stream of funding for local entities and securing new screening opportunities for those in need. Colon cancer can be reduced significantly through a simple test such as a colonoscopy where polyps can be removed before they become cancerous. Unfortunately, many people do not have sufficient insurance coverage and forgo being screened. By teaming up with local partners who can provide access to free or low cost screening, we have the chance to increase screenings and by doing so, may one day, be able to stop this disease.”
Past partners of the Undy 5000 have included hospitals, medical centers, businesses, screening programs and individuals. The CHPGP is funded through Undy 5000 proceeds. Applications to become a partner are accepted year round. Currently, the CHPGP is seeking applications from potential partners in the following cities:
- Buffalo, NY
- Tampa, FL
- Jersey Shore, NY
- Tacoma, WA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Piedmont Triad, NC
- Washington, DC
- Cincinnati, OH
- Dallas, TX
- Atlanta, GA
The Undy 5000 was held in 12 cities across the country in 2011 to educate the public about colon cancer, promote screenings and encourage people to talk about the disease. This year, the Undy 5000 will visit even more cities, creating a need for more community partners. With colon cancer being the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, the importance of educating Americans has never been greater.
The selected Community Health Partner will be eligible to receive a percentage of the net proceeds from the Undy 5000. For more information and to apply for consideration, visit http://www.ccalliance.org/chpgp/index.html
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The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is a community that provides hope and support to patients and their families, while saving lives through screening, access, awareness, advocacy and research.