FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Written By: Kelli Koch Marketing/Communications Specialist Southeastern Med firstname.lastname@example.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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