BENEFITING: THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY
“I was not going to let this cancer define who I am” are words of courage spoken by my dear friend Arleen Weitz of Philadelphia, PA. She did not allow the Stage III colorectal cancer that was diagnosed in January of 2013 define her, however, she is determined that becoming a colon cancer survivor in August of 2013 would define all that she can be to help others living through this experience.
Under the reassuring guidance of Dr. Matthew Killion, Internal Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dr. Scott Goldstein, Director, Division of Colorectal Surgery at Jefferson and with the collaboration of Dr. Andrew Chapman, Director, Division of Regional Cancer Care at Jefferson, a successful treatment plan was devised of surgery followed by chemotherapy. Jefferson is the largest free-standing health sciences university in Philadelphia, treating more than 46,000 inpatients and 1,000,000 outpatients every year. In spite of their expansiveness, the team at Jefferson showed Arleen compassion, warmth and individual attention that empowered her to be a part of her own recovery.
A FEW FACTS
• 1 in 20 people are at risk of developing colon cancer in their lifetime.
• Regular screening aids early detection of colon and rectal cancers
• 90% of all colon cancer cases are preventable with screening
• There are more than one million colorectal cancer survivors in the United States
THE BLUE STAR
Introduced in April 1, 2004, by the Roundtable, the Blue Star symbol (shown in the logo design) represents the fight against colorectal cancer; the eternal memory of the people whose lives have been lost to the disease and the shining hope for a future free of colorectal cancer.
THE SPIRIT OF GIVING
In Arleen’s spirit of looking forward I hope to help her give back to Jefferson by raising awareness and funds to support education, new research and care.
CURING CANCER CANYON CROSSING
On September 28, 2016 I plan to put my best foot forward to run across the Grand Canyon then on September 29, 2016 I plan to turn around and run back. The endeavor is known as Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim or R2R2R. The course will cover approximately 47 miles with approximately 11,000 feet of elevation gain. Relatively speaking it’s the equivalent of climbing the Empire State Building six times or climbing 900+ flights of stairs!!
Please support my efforts by making donation, big or small, to Thomas Jefferson University via the link provided. All tax-deductible donations will be earmarked for Jefferson’s Colorectal Surgery Research and Education Fund. Thank you for your support!