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WPAHS Hosts Seventh Annual Big Blue Quest at North Park April 17

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

PITTSBURGH – West Penn Allegheny Health System’s seventh annual Big Blue Quest, a fun walk and run that benefits colon and rectal cancer awareness and research, is scheduled for Saturday, April 17 at North Park.

This year, West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) invites new participants to the event while challenging last year’s participants to bring one more person along.

“When runners and walkers bring another person along, we can educate one more person about the importance of early screening and educate the public about this preventable, treatable and beatable disease,” said David Medich, MD, Director, Center for Colon and Rectal Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital.

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.

All proceeds of the Big Blue Quest will benefit the WPAHS Center for Colon and Rectal Surgery Fund. In addition to the walk and run, the day will include refreshments, music and entertainment by Froggy Radio and educational exhibits about colorectal cancer.

“We hope this day of exercise and education becomes a tradition for you, your family and friends,” said James T. McCormick, DO, Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery, West Penn Hospital and West Penn Hospital – Forbes Campus.

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.

Registration may be made online by April 8 at www.aghgiving.org. Event hats will be given to the first 1,000 pre-registered participants and any participant raising $100 or more in pledges will receive an additional gift.

WPAHS provides advanced diagnostic testing and the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to manage benign and malignant diseases of the colon and rectum. The treatment team is focused on its goal of providing optimal care that restores function, allows a quick return to normal activities, and has the highest possible cure rate.



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