Candy-Grams for Sale to CRUSH Colorectal Cancer

January 31, 2017
By: Julie Poucher Harbin, Writer, DCI

Sherri Haley, RN, Brian Blend, and Terrence Lawrence, with the GI Clinical Trials Team, invite physicians, faculty and staff to purchase Valentines Day candy-grams and CRUSH colorectal cancer. They had tables set up in the Hock building and Duke South this week.The Duke Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology Program is ready to deliver a CRUSHing blow to colorectal cancer. And doing it with heart.

One of the program's CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K Run/Walk teams — the GI Clinical Trials Team — is selling Valentines Day candy-grams in support of the 4th annual run/walk, to be held on Saturday, March 25.

Bags of candy can be purchased for $5 now and delivered to that special someone at Duke Hospital or in campus clinics and offices during the week of February 13 to 17. (email Sherri Haley, RN, for an order form)

Registration is already open for the 2017 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K Run/Walk, which is held in honor and celebration of those whose lives have been touched by colorectal cancer and to benefit colorectal cancer research at Duke. With a record-breaking more than $70,000 raised last year, event organizers are challenging walkers and runners to make 2017 "the best year yet."

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States. Every year more than140,000 people are diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer, and every year, more than 50,000 die from this disease. Recent advances have significantly contributed to improving screening and treatment, and have resulted in a growing population of colorectal cancer survivors.

Team Miles for Danny at the finish of the 2016 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K Run/Walk.“Colorectal cancer remains an important public health concern,” said Duke Cancer Institute medical oncologist and researcher Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS. "If we are to unleash game-changing breakthroughs in cancer research, sufficient funding is crucial. CRUSH helps push our research forward."

The 2017 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Walk will start and finish on Ninth Street in Durham on Saturday, March 25. Participants are encouraged to form teams and raise funds. For more information or to register, visit CRUSH. You can also keep up with race news and developments on Facebook and Twitter.