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Written By: Kelli Koch
Marketing/Communications Specialist
Southeastern Med
kjkoch@seormc.org




PHOTO CAPTION: The Southeastern Med Auxiliary recently donated $2,500 toward
the purchase of an inflatable colon to be used as an interactive educational tool. Pictured
presenting the check to the Tina Kiser Colorectal Cancer Coalition (L to R) Rita Nolan,
Southeastern Med Auxiliary Financial Coordinator; Dr. Michael Sarap, surgeon with
Southeastern Ohio Physicians, Inc.; Suellen Johnson, Southeastern Med Auxiliary's First
Vice President; and Becky Wheeler, CTR (Certified Tumor Registrar).

        Southeastern Med’s Auxiliary Helps Purchase Colon Educational Tool
        CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Nov. 6, 2009 – Southeastern Med’s Auxiliary is proud to
announce its donation of $2,500 to the Tina Kiser Colorectal Cancer Coalition for the
purchase of the Kiser Colon, an inflatable colon to be used as an interactive educational
tool.
         The inflatable colon will allow visitors to get a close-up look at healthy colon
tissue, tissue with nonmalignant colorectal diseases, colorectal polyps and various stages
of colorectal cancer. They will also learn about the importance of colorectal screenings,
prevention, risks of developing colorectal cancer, symptoms and treatment options.
         “The Auxiliary is pleased to donate $2,500 towards the purchase of the Kiser
Colon,” said Rita Nolan, Southeastern Med Auxiliary Financial Coordinator. “We feel
this will help people learn about the importance of colorectal cancer screenings in our
area.”
         The inflatable colon is scheduled to arrive in early 2010. During Colorectal
Cancer Awareness Month in March, the Tina Kiser Colorectal Cancer Coalition is
planning a 12-stop tour with the inflatable colon to local schools and businesses to
promote colon health and cancer screenings.
         “Southeastern Med’s Colorectal Task Force has definitely improved awareness of
the benefits of colon cancer screenings in the community and our region of the state,”
said Michael Sarap, MD, FACS, surgeon with Southeastern Ohio Physicians, Inc. and
medical staff member of Southeastern Med. “The group has gotten state and national
attention for its efforts. This is a prime example of how great things can be accomplished
in even small communities.”
         The Colorectal Task Force changed its name earlier this year to the Tina Kiser
Colorectal Cancer Coalition as a memorial tribute to remember one of the task force’s
founding members. Tina Kiser battled end-stage colon cancer and was driven to educate
others about this deadly, yet preventable, disease. She was an active coalition member
who traveled to Columbus and Washington D.C. on multiple occasions to lobby for
colonoscopy screening legislation that will save others from her same plight. Kiser lost
her courageous fight against colon cancer in December 2008.
         For more information about being screened for colorectal cancer or about
Southeastern Med’s continuing campaign to fight this disease, please call Becky
Wheeler, CTR, at 740-439-8156.

								
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