Help fight cancer at mall

By Scott Halasz shalasz@civitasmedia.com

March 20, 2014

BEAVERCREEK — It’s the third leading killer amongst cancers in the United States. Yet many can’t afford basic colorectal screening.

For the seventh year, the No Buts About It 5K run/walk at The Mall at Fairfield Commons will help those in need take care of their digestive health. Set for 9 a.m. March 29 net proceeds of the event, presented by Dayton Gastroenterology, Inc., will be used to pay for screening colonoscopies for local underinsured or uninsured people in economic hardship. No Buts About It is a special fund started just for that purpose.

“When they don’t have insurance or are underinsured and meet the economic hardship criteria … those monies are taken out of the No Buts fund,” said Dayton Gastroenterology marketing manager Heather McFadgen. “(The 5K) is one of several events we have throughout the year that raises monies to put into the fund.”

March is colorectal cancer (CRC) awareness month and Dayton Gastroenterology is using the event to spread the word about the importance of early screening for colorectal cancer. There are more than 141,000 new cases and nearly 50,000 deaths expected annually, according to the American Cancer Society. Anyone can get CRC and 75 percent of cases occur in people without any specific risk factors.

“You can’t see it, feel it, touch it until you have symptoms,” McFadgen said.

A wellness fair will take place inside the mall beginning at 8 a.m. and representatives will be there before and after the race to answer health-related questions and pass out educational information. Also, an inflatable colon, 12 feet long and 10 feet high, will be available for people to explore.

“Inside the colon are various stages of polyps in the pre-cancerous stage leading up to the cancerous stage,” McFadgen said. “It’s a really cool colon.”

Last year’s event had more than 1,000 participants and had net proceeds of more than $15,000.

To register for the race visit www.daytongastro.com or www.speedy-feet.com. Online registration is between $15-20 depending on age. On-site registration, which begins at 7:30 a.m., is $25 for all ages.