ABC 11 To Feature DCI's Altomare And Wood

March 4, 2015
By: Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, DCI

After interviewing with ABC 11's Caitlin Knute, Erin Wood strolls through the Duke Cancer Center as the station's photographer films her. Wood, an 8-year cancer survivor, and Team TushTush will be stepping out March 14 for the Second Annual CRUSH 5K and Fun Walk.On Wednesday, March 4, Caitlin Knute, co-anchor for the ABC11 Eyewitness News weekend morning newscasts, visited the Duke Cancer Center to speak with Ivy Altomare, MD, and Erin Wood about the upcoming CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K.

Both women are involved in both planning and fundraising for the event. CRUSH organizer Altomare is a medical oncologist with the Duke Cancer Network and Wood is an IT analyst for the DCI.

Wood was diagnosed in 2006 with Stage 4 colorectal cancer. Despite multiple surgeries and chemotherapy she has experienced two recurrences. Currently, she is undergoing chemotherapy and is cancer free.

“Everyone 50 and older should be screened for colon cancer,” said Wood, who captains Team TushTush, a group of individuals organized by Wood to raise funds in support of CRUSH. “Colon cancer is very treatable in its early stages. A colonoscopy is worth a little time and discomfort to save one’s life.”

ABC 11's Caitlin Knute discusses with Ivy Altomare, MD, the risks for colorectal cancer. Altomare is an organizer for the annual CRUSH 5K and Fun Walk.To date, CRUSH has raised almost $30,000. More than 600 participants are expected to attend. Participants are encouraged to form teams and fundraise. Proceeds benefit colorectal cancer research at Duke.

Hosted by the Duke Cancer Institute Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal Cancer Program, the Second Annual CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Fun Walk at the American Tobacco Trail, CM Herndon Park, on Saturday, March 14. The annual walk/run honors and celebrates lives touched by colorectal cancer.

The 2015 CRUSH Colorectal 5K and Fun Run takes place Saturday, March 14, at the American Tobacco Trail in Durham. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. The run starts at 9 a.m. Runners and walkers not not concerned with being timed begin at 9:10 a.m. To donate to a participant, team or the event, visit CRUSH Donate. For more information or to register, visit CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K. The ABC 11 news story featuring Ivy Altomare, MD, and Erin Wood will air Thursday, March 12, during the evening broadcasts.* Watch live streaming broadcasts at ABC11.com.

*Broadcast date and time subject to change. This blog will post updates and changes as received.

Circle photo: Ivy Altomare, MD, Erin Wood and Caitlin Knute, anchor, ABC 11