CHARLOTTE – Residents in Anson and Stanly counties will have improved access to colon cancer resources thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Colon Cancer Coalition.
The coalition is awarding Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute the grant to support Get FIT for Life. The program will target uninsured and underinsured men and women across Anson and Stanly counties.
“We know that over 1,500 North Carolinians will lose their lives from this disease in 2019,” said Anne Carlson, coalition president. “Working in these communities will help us increase screening for colorectal cancer and save lives.”
A cancer program development specialist will identify patients in need, connect them to resources and lay the framework for the health literacy education required to sustain long-term wellness.
“Hundreds of individuals in our region lack the education to understand why colon cancer screening is critical or lack the necessary insurance coverage to pay for testing,” said Mellisa Wheeler, director of disparities and outreach at Levine Cancer Institute.
Money for the grant comes from funds raised during the 2018 Get Your Rear in Gear – Charlotte event. Registration for the 2019 event on March 30 is available on site at Independence Park. Visit www.coloncancercoalition.org/charlotte for details.