5K run backs colon cancer support programs
CHARLOTTE – The Colon Cancer Coalition recently awarded Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation a $75,000 grant to fund colonoscopy screenings, patient living expenses, colon cancer rehabilitation and wellness services for low-income colorectal cancer patients.
“Novant Health oncologists are diagnosing more colorectal cancers among patients under 50, many of whom are uninsured,” said Maria Kuklinski-Long, Novant Health prevention, education and early detection manager.
The grant is made possible through funding from the Get Your Rear in Gear – Charlotte 5K. Such funding has provided vital services for more than 2,600 colorectal cancer patients in the Charlotte region since 2011.
The GYRIG 5K Run/Walk & Kids’ Fun Run is March 30 at Independence Park. Register at coloncancercoalition.org/charlotte.
Immigrant Community Committee meets in districts
CHARLOTTE – The recently formed Immigrant Community Committee will host a series of meetings in each district to have dialogue focusing on the accessibility of municipal services and activities, and assuage fears toward city government.
The District 7 (Ballantyne area) meeting takes place 9 to 11 a.m. March 16 at Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road.
The District 6 (SouthPark area) meeting takes place 6 to 8 p.m. March 26 at Harris YMCA, 5900 Quail Hollow Road.
Committee resources and agendas will be made available at www.charlottenc.gov.
The Sandbox supports kids through Cereal With CC
CHARLOTTE – The Sandbox, a nonprofit supporting the families of children diagnosed with life-altering illnesses, is holding its second annual Cereal With CC Breakfast and Workshop on March 15 at Carmel Country Club.
“Our vision for this event, in the beginning, was to create a legacy event for The Casey Family, whose 5-year-old daughter, CC, has MLD, a terminal diagnosis,” Executive Director Mara Campolungo said. “This year, it’s been bigger and better, and we are looking forward to the best Cereal With CC yet. Our reward is garnering the support of our community and in turn, being able to support hundreds of other families in our community whose child is walking out a diagnosis.”
Charlotte, Concord and Waxhaw have proclaimed March 15 as Caroline AKA CC Casey Day. Duke Energy is lighting its uptown Charlotte building purple that evening in honor of CC’s favorite color.
Several fun activities will be available leading up to the event. Visit www.GotSandbox.org/CerealWithCC for details.
The Sandbox is hosting a second 2019 Cereal With CC in October at the Embassy Suites in Concord.
311 launches CHAT feature
CHARLOTTE – City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County customers can access a new CHAT feature when they visit the 311 website, whether from a personal computer or a mobile device.
Customers will receive the same service via CHAT as they would by calling 311.
Although customers still have the option to call, 311 Division Manager Raquishela Stewart said a recent study indicated many people prefer to use mobile devices or websites to get information.
CHAT also allows 311 staff to accommodate more complex customer service issues, Stewart said.
Representatives can answer questions via CHAT from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.
Nominate woman who makes difference for animals
CHARLOTTE – The Humane Society of Charlotte is accepting nominations for its 2019 Woman for Animal Welfare Award.
The winner will be announced at a cocktail reception 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 15 at Myers Park Country Club.
Visit https://humanesocietyofcharlotte.org for details.
‘Build People, Not Prisons’ benefits transition program
CHARLOTTE – A formerly incarcerated criminal justice attorney who now uses the law to advocate for people with criminal records will be the guest speaker at the Center for Community Transitions’ ‘Build People, Not Prisons’ event.
Daryl Atkinson, staff attorney for Southern Coalition for Social Justice, will share his story at the second annual fundraiser.
Build People, Not Prisons will include wine, beer, appetizers, live auction and live bluegrass music by Crystal Fountains.
The fundraiser takes place 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 21 at Warehouse 242, 2307 Wilkinson Blvd. Tickets cost $50. Buy tickets at http://centerforcommunitytransitions.org/events/.
Proceeds support CCT services, like employment-seeking assistance, support for families of incarcerated individuals and a 30-bed residential program for incarcerated women.