Monday, December 17, 2012
Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation
The principal goal of Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation is to permanently eliminate the threat of colon cancer through discovery of a cure. As long as people are dying from this disease, we will be at the front lines of the fight. To this end, we will fund cutting edge research so that the brightest minds and best institutions are empowered to cure colon cancer for good. Until then, Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation is committed to significantly improving the treatment experience for patients and caregivers, and to dramatically raise awareness about colon cancer in general. Chris4Life will utilize health and wellness as a means of integrating the mind, body and spirit in our approach. Working together we will build a culture of care and foster relationships with research institutions, advocacy groups, the health care community, and the general public. Chris4Life four core values are Compassion, Empowerment, Perseverance, and Life. www.chris4life.org
At Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation we have made it our mission to eliminate colorectal cancer. To this end, we have created the Christine Sapienza Research Fund at the Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer and the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. We have also developed a fund at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. These funds were set up to support innovative medical research directly addressing Gastrointestinal and Colorectal Cancers. By funding comprehensive cancer research institutions, Chris4life is committed to providing financial support to the progressive development of the treatment and cure of colorectal cancer. These philanthropic contributions help to enable researchers to pursue the development of new drugs and therapies for phase one trials. We have developed our own Medical Advisory Board to help us find the best cutting edge research across the country to fund.
The Chris4Life Fund was established in 2011 to help patients and caregivers get through the day with cancer. It is grounded in the belief that patients, families, and caregivers deserve comprehensive and high quality programs that help improve the care process. To help alleviate some of the financial burden associated with cancer treatment, the Chris4Life Fund distributes $250.00 grants to patients in need of financial assistance. These grants are provided to underserved, underinsured, and uninsured individuals who are at or below three times the federal poverty level. www.chris4life.org/chris4life-fund
One of our latest finished projects is the “Chris4Life Colorectal Cancer DVD Resource Guide” which is designed to provide recently diagnosed patients and their families with information from other patients, doctors, survivors, nurses, and social workers. These individuals speak directly to the patient from their personal experiences to provide answers and insights into what the patient may expect during their treatment and care. This one of a kind resource helps the patient navigate through subject matter associated with a recent colorectal cancer diagnosis. It addresses what the patient can expect physically as well as the emotional, personal and day-to-day issues from the viewpoint of those who have been touched by the disease personally. To view online or to request your own free copy of the DVD to be mailed to you please visit www.chris4life.org/resource-dvd .
One of our main focuses is awareness. We know how important early detection and proper screening is in our fight to end colorectal cancer deaths. We host events all year and throughout the country. Our largest event to date is the “Scope It Out 5K Walk/Run” here in Washington DC. Last year we hosted more than 4,000 runners, walkers, patients, survivors, caregivers, friends, family, and volunteers at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. We also hosted the first annual “Scope It Out” in Detroit Michigan. As we grow we hope all of our events will continue to grow with us. On that note we have started planning for the first annual “Scope It Out 5K’s” in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and New York City for Fall 2013.
Since my mother passed away a little over three years ago, Chris4Life has done everything in our power to end this disease. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to get involved in our events all across the country, or if you are in need of information as a patient.
Executive Director and Founder
Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation