We are excited to announce the results of the 2012 Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives National Challenge. The first place winner is Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. They will receive a $5,000 grant for their colorectal cancer awareness project and an exhibit stop from the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™. The second place winner is Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL and the third place winner is St. Mary’s County Health Department in Leonardtown, MD. There were many excellent applicants for this year’s National Challenge. Click here to view all 2012 entries.
Winners were determined based on both public voting and judging. Voting closed on April 30 and projects in the top 30% (based on votes) were sent on to an external review committee for judging.
Good Samaritan Hospital, in partnership with the local YMCA, will put on an event for their rural Nebraska community featuring the Prevent Cancer Super Colon and will include presentations, educational materials and a family “fun run” to promote physical activity. The event will also provide education on the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer, including eating healthy, physical activity and screening. The project objectives are to provide educational services to 3,000 individuals and screening services to 2,000 individuals.
Colorectal cancer is preventable, yet over 143,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with the disease in 2012. The Prevent Cancer Foundation realizes the importance of screening and awareness programs on the local level and created the National Challenge as a way to champion “grass-roots” community projects. To learn more about colorectal cancer visit screeningsaves.org or click here.
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Thanks to everyone that joined the Screening Saves community, to all of this year’s applicants and our sponsors Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Genentech . The 2012 National Challenge may be over but we look forward to hearing from you about your personal experiences, questions and comments about colorectal cancer screening and awareness!