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The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation was founded in 2008 with a mission to reduce colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and death.
More people are getting screened and beating colorectal cancer as we:
Increase awareness about the importance of early screening
Develop public/private partnerships with health professionals and national organizations to increase knowledge and CRC screening rates
Increase awareness of CRC risk factors and factors that may help prevent CRC. Including family/genetic history
- Raise and provide funds for screening services to the underserved
- Award translational research grants to study genetic and epigenetic changes that will lead to new breakthroughs in the prevention and therapy of CRC.
What is the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation?
10 years of increasing awareness
In 2004, Dr. Thomas K. Weber, founded the first public colon cancer awareness event called the Colon Cancer Challenge. Dr. Weber is Professor of Surgery at the State University of New York at Downstate and Chief of Surgery at the Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System, Brooklyn Campus. As a surgical oncologist working daily with colorectal cancer patients, he saw the importance of conducting research for the causes and cures of colorectal cancer, as well as the need to promote public awareness and education.
In 2008, he then started the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF) with its mission to reduce colorectal cancer and related deaths through supporting research, increasing public awareness and education, and collaborating with strategic partners in the fight against colorectal cancer.
The 2013 Colon Cancer Challenge was the largest to date. It attracted more than 10,000 participants and supporters and raised funds to further support the CCCF mission.
In 2014 we moved the Challenge to Citi Field and added 10 vendor/sponsor booths that previously were not allowed due to cost constraints from the City. We had an incredible turnout for our 5K Run around the stadium and our Remembrance / Prevention Walk on the warning track. We also added a new walk in Westchester County the following weekend and had approximately 500 people walk around Manhattanville College. We are planning a walk in at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey Nov. 15, 2014 as well.
Recently, we added a Young Professionals Committee to the organization. They are working on their own fundraising events to aid us in meeting our mission goal of a "World Without Colorectal Cancer".