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9th Annual ‘Scope for Hope’ run, walk March 16

March 1, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The 9th Annual "Scope for Hope" 5K run, two-mile walk and kids' fun run will take place on Saturday, March 16, starting at 8 a.m. at Century Link Sports Complex at Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers.

Produced by 21st Century C.A.R.E., 21st Century Oncology's affiliated not-for-profit charitable foundation, all of the funds raised will be used for colorectal cancer education, screening, and treatment in Southwest Florida. 21st Century C.A.R.E. is dedicated to helping cancer patients, allowing them to put their focus where it belongs - on beating the disease.

"We started the Scope for Hope running and walking events nine years ago to educate the community about the importance of colonoscopies in the prevention of colon and rectal cancer and to drive funding for underinsured and uninsured members of our community," said Kathy Tolentino, director of the 21st Century C.A.R.E. Foundation. "We're thrilled that this event has drawn such great support from the community and corporate partners, and will continue to use the donations to ensure that people have the resources needed to protect themselves and lead healthy lives."

Pre-registration through March 1 is $30 for adults and $15 for youth, ages 17 and under. From March 2-15, the registration cost is $35 for adults and $20 for youth. The cost of registration the day of the event is $40 for all ages. The first 200 people registered will receive a race t-shirt and gift bag. Refreshments will be provided. Participants can also enjoy awards and chance drawings after the race.

Every year, there are about 150,000 new cases of colon and rectal cancer in the U.S. and 50,000 people will die from colorectal cancer. Yet, colorectal cancer is preventable and treatable. Colonoscopies can find polyps and prevent cancer.

"There are barriers that keep people from getting a colonoscopy, one being a lack of knowledge and another being a lack of insurance. Every year, this race helps break down those barriers by educating the community and also by providing funds for colonoscopies," said Janette U. Gaw, MD, FACS, FASCRS, of The Colorectal Insti-tute, an affiliate of 21st Century Oncology.

For more information or to register visit or call 239-936-3756.



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