March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March 3, 2010

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logoPHOENIX – The Central Arizona Chapter of the Colon Cancer Alliance will be kicking off several colorectal cancer awareness promotions this March as part of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. “Research and awareness are important aspects in the fight against cancer and the Colon Cancer Alliance is behind every measure that combats this terrible disease” says Michelle Hastings, Acting Chairperson of the Colon Cancer Alliance, Chapter of Central Arizona.

“This disease is detectable and beatable if caught early. I’ve dedicated my life to the advocacy of early detection of this treatable cancer,” stated Hastings. As part of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month the Colon Cancer Alliance, Chapter of Central Arizona, is coordinating several events locally aimed at improving awareness and patient support for the nation’s second largest cancer killer (behind lung cancer).

Friday, March 5 is the 2nd Annual National Dress in Blue Day, which will be held in communities and offices nationwide. By encouraging friends, family, co-workers and other members of their organization to wear blue, many lives could be saved as people talk about colon cancer and learn ways to prevent it.

Someone dies from colorectal cancer every 9 minutes.

19 Arizonans die every week from colorectal cancer (970 AZ deaths annually).

Over 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year.

1.2 million Americans have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

In Arizona, 7 persons a day (2,680 annually) are diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

On Saturday, March 6 the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), Chapter of Central Arizona will be holding a “Ride a Bike, Save a Butt!” Colon All Angels Benefit Motorcycle Ride through Pinal County, with all proceeds going to the Colon Cancer Alliance. Learn more at or contact Shelia Casto, Outreach Director at 602-320-4065 or for complete details.

Sunday, March 21 will be Colon Cancer Awareness Night at the Suns/Portland Trailblazers Game where the Arizona Cancer Coalition and the CCA’s Chapter of Central Arizona team up to present a Night Out with discounted seats at the US Airways Center. A portion of every ticket purchase will go back to the Colon Cancer Alliance. For complete details, please contact Kendra Sabol at 602-542-5808 or


Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club to host Hollywood Gala to benefit Arizona Institute for Breast Health

SCOTTSDALE – The Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH), an Arizona breast cancer non-profit, is pleased to announce that Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club in Scottsdale is hosting a Hollywood Awards Gala fundrasier on March 7 from 5 to 10 p.m., to benefit AIBH.

All guests will be watching the Academy Awards® at Farrelli's in their movie-theater-style restaurant on their big screens, while enjoying a four course Speciality Awards Dinner Menu that includes appetizers, choice of salad, choice of entree, a specialty dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

According to Christine Lessard, Executive Director of AIBH, "We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of this Gala as this is a very unique way to spread the word about AIBH and our free service. Robert and Carole Machiz of Scottsdale will also be honored during the event as Best Supporting Partners of AIBH for all of their support of AIBH and the breast cancer cause." The evening will also feature a walk on the Red Carpet and raffle prizes from different Valley boutiques and restaurants.

The ticket price is $125 per person and includes tax and gratuity. Formal "Red Carpet" attire is encouraged. To make a reservation for this event, call Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club at 480-905-7200.

For more information about AIBH, please visit

For more information about Farrell's Cinema Supper Club and the Gala, please visit This event is not sponsored or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

About AIBH:
The Arizona Institute for Breast Health was created to give women the opportunity to receive information and education about the best possible treatment for breast cancer. Formed by a consortium of medical professionals who have a deep and abiding commitment to raise the level of compassion and improve treatment outcomes, the Institute offers programs that address all of the issues involved with the disease - from prevention and education to specific treatment options.

The Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and can be reached at 480-860-4200 or