Archive for June, 2012

LifeSpan Fitness Steps Up as Exclusive Fitness Partner of Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K Walk

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Partnership reinforces impact of exercise and fitness on cancer prevention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 7, 2012

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Liona Chan
(703) 519-2107
Liona.Chan@preventcancer.org

Adam Ritchie
(617) 819-4237
lifespan@aritchbrand.com

(Alexandria, Va.)–The Prevent Cancer Foundation is hosting a 5K “FUNdraising” Walk on September 30 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., and LifeSpan Fitness is supporting the event as the Exclusive Fitness Partner. The 5K FUNdraising walk will be chaired by Ms. Katherine Kennedy, and will raise funds for the Foundation’s national cancer prevention programs, which include early detection research, screening and education.

“We’re working with LifeSpan to let people know exercise can help prevent cancer,” said Jan Bresch, the Foundation’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  “LifeSpan is helping fund the event, and generously contributing products like fitness equipment and accessories to our participants.”

The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K FUNdraising Walk, now in its 4th year, is open to everyone. In 2011, the Foundation welcomed more than 25 FUNdraising teams and over 350 participants from the Washington metro community, and as far away as California and Quebec.

“LifeSpan’s mission is to help people live healthier, more active and longer lives, which is a charge we share with the Prevent Cancer Foundation,” said LifeSpan Vice President of Sales Bobby Krause. “This 5K is one way our commitment goes beyond our products. The wellness community’s success is our success.”

Families are encouraged to bring their children and pets. The event will include food, entertainment and activities for all ages.

LifeSpan employees will be forming a team of “virtual walkers” and will be using LifeSpan Treadmill Desks on the day of the event to be a part of the FUNdraising festivities. Can’t make to the 5k? Follow LifeSpan’s lead and register as a “virtual walker” to raise vital funds to Stop Cancer Before It Starts! To register, form a team, donate or volunteer for the 2012 Prevent Cancer 5k, visit preventcancer5K.org.

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About the Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $125 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

About Lifespan Fitness:
LifeSpan makes fitness gear that fits your lifestyle. Anyone can safely use LifeSpan at home and at work, inside and outside. Combining comfort, quality, design and affordability, LifeSpan uses technology to track your real-world progress against your virtual goals. Consistently winning awards from trusted sources, including Health magazine’s “America’s Healthiest Company,” LifeSpan’s commitment to health goes beyond business, to its work with medical nonprofits and community fitness events. LifeSpan was founded in 2002, and is based in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit lifespanfitness.com.

Good Samaritan Hospital Wins National Colorectal Cancer Screening and Awareness Challenge

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Nebraska Hospital Awarded $5,000 Grant and a visit from the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 4, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT:
Liona Chan
(703) 519-2107
Liona.Chan@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.) — The Good Samaritan Hospital of Kearney, Neb. is the 2012 winner of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Screening Saves Lives Challenge. The national competition is an opportunity for organizations to submit their best community-based colorectal cancer screening and awareness initiatives. This small energetic hospital in rural Nebraska will use their $5,000 Foundation grant to hold a “Family Fun Day” focused on the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer.

“Family Fun Day,” a community-wide event, will feature educational presentations and materials, a “fun run” and a visit from the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™, a 20-foot interactive educational exhibit. The grant will also help the hospital continue to offer free colorectal cancer screenings during the month of March. Good Samaritan Hospital currently provides specialty care to over 320,000 residents of central Nebraska and northern Kansas. The goal for this project is to provide educational services to 3,000 individuals and screening services to 2,000 individuals.

“We are thrilled and honored to receive the Prevent Cancer grant—Nebraska has one of the highest incidence and mortality rates in the United States,” said Dana Welsh, program representative at Good Samaritan Hospital. “We feel that it is essential for us educate people about the importance of prevention and early detection and this grant will allow us to do that and further enhance our existing annual Colorectal Screening Program.”

Despite being one of the most preventable types of cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in the U.S. with over 143,000 people expected to be diagnosed with the disease in 2012. This year’s Screening Saves Lives Challenge theme was “families” and 19 organizations from across the country submitted proposals. After the public voted for their favorite projects online, an external review committee determined the winners from the top third.

“The applications demonstrate both the need in the diverse communities for colorectal cancer awareness and screening, and the impact of the community projects,” said Erica Childs Warner, Director of Evaluation and Outreach at the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “We are proud to support the important cancer prevention work of the Good Samaritan Hospital in Nebraska and recognize the valuable initiatives of all the 2012 applicants.”

ScreeningSavesLives.org contains community discussion boards, learning tools and sharing opportunities to raise awareness and promote an open dialogue about colorectal cancer. The Prevent Cancer Foundation continues to work toward raising awareness, increasing screening rates and promoting healthy living to ultimately reduce the death toll of this preventable cancer.

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About The Prevent Cancer Foundation:
Founded in 1985, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading health organizations that has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. The Foundation seeks to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!  Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $125 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide.
For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.