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Pledge the Gift of Life

Each year, the lives of thousands of people across the country are saved because someone made the choice to become an organ donor. In April, Allegheny Health Network is honored to celebrate National Donate Life Month and pay tribute to all of those who have bestowed the precious gift of life to another through organ donation. Visit AHNdonate.org to learn more and register to be an organ donor.



Format: 04/23/2014
Format: 04/23/2014


'Preventable, Treatable, Beatable' - WPAHS' Eighth Annual Big Blue Quest, April 16, Raises Awareness of Colon and Rectal Cancer

Friday, March 25th, 2011

PITTSBURGH – West Penn Allegheny Health System’s eighth annual Big Blue Quest, a fun walk and run that benefits colon and rectal cancer awareness and research, is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at North Park.

All proceeds from the 5K Run/2K Fun Walk will benefit the WPAHS Center for Colon and Rectal Surgery. The Big Blue Quest raises awareness that colon and rectal cancers are “preventable, treatable and beatable.”

Co-chairs Donald Moorman, MD, System Chair, Department of Surgery, and Paul Lebovitz, MD, System Chair, Division of Gastroenterology and Director, Allegheny Center for Digestive Health, invite participants to walk alongside colorectal cancer survivors, their friends and families, and learn about the prevention of this disease.

The day begins in the South Ridge (pool area) of North Park, with registration at 8 a.m. The 5K run begins at 9:30 a.m. and the 2K fun walk at 9:45 a.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. with raffles and drawings to follow.

Competitive runners can register with Runner’s High for a chance to earn medals in a variety of categories for all ages. Froggy Radio will provide entertainment and Bob Pompeani, KDKA Sports Anchor, will emcee the day’s events.

Visit www.BigBlueQuest.com to register yourself ($25 by April 3), your family ($75 for a family of five) or your team. Registrations sent after April 3 will be $30 apiece.

The new web site also automatically lets you set up your own donation site for free. Let your friends, family and acquaintances know via email or even by Facebook that you are on a quest to fight colorectal cancer. Donations can be made directly to your donation site.

Cancers of the colon and rectum are among the most common in the United States, with colorectal cancer being the No. 2 cause of cancer death among men and women. Colorectal cancer is most often found in people age 50 and older.

The West Penn Allegheny Health System Center for Colon and Rectal Surgery is home to one of the country’s most advanced centers for treatment of colon and rectal cancer. The Center, working in concert with the Allegheny Cancer Center and the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health, combines state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures with minimally invasive techniques to manage cancers of the colon and rectum. Their goal is to provide optimal care with the highest possible cure rates in a nurturing and trusting atmosphere.



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