Mary Dempsey, Maureen Higgins, Mark Turcotte

To honor National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Prevent Cancer Foundation launched the Screening Saves Lives Web site and issued a Screening Saves Lives National Challenge to community organizations to submit colorectal cancer screening and awareness projects and initiatives.  As part of the Challenge, organizations are asked to mobilize their communities to demonstrate their support by voting on the Web site. Top vote-getting projects move on to the judges, who will then choose the top 3 entries. 

Projects may range from public awareness and education to encouraging or providing screening. Organizations should use the unique features of their communities in the design and implementation of their projects. The deadline for application submission is April 7.

The Screening Saves Lives Web site is an interactive place for individuals to learn about colorectal cancer and to share personal stories. The site is also home to a dynamic online community where both individuals and organizations can ask questions and share experiences and information supporting colorectal cancer screening efforts nationwide.

Everyone Wins!

  • Every organization that applies will receive FREE colorectal cancer educational resources.
  • Every individual who votes will receive a FREE “preventable, treatable, beatable” Buddy Bracelet
  • FIRST Prize will go to the most innovative, imaginative and effective local colorectal cancer screening project. The winning organization will receive: a $5,000 grant to support its local project, a Prevent Cancer Super Colon stop in the winner’s community (a $10,000 value), and opportunities for increased visibility of the winning project through Prevent Cancer Foundation publications and platforms.

For more information about the Screening Saves Lives Web site or the National Challenge visit ScreeningSaves.org. If you represent a community organization or a project that would like to apply to the National Competition, contact me at suzette.smith@preventcancer.org or 703-837-3695.