Happy Friday! With just over three weeks to go until the TCS NYC Marathon, we are starting to gear up for a very exciting day on November 6.
The TCS NYC Marathon is a very important event in our calendar. It is not just a fundraiser; it is an awareness-raiser (though the funds are critical too, of course! Click here to support our team!). As our Team Colon Cancer Challenge members run through the five boroughs of New York City, their bold blue team t-shirts will be seen by over one million people. We will never know what connections are made as a result of a marathon spectator reading the white and orange words on our team t-shirt. But we do know there is no underestimating the importance of this awareness-raising opportunity.
unnamedOne person who is already keenly aware of the risk factors and symptoms of colorectal cancer is Team Colon Cancer Challenge member Dr. Dana Lukin. Dr. Lukin was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to introduce himself and answer some questions.
What is your connection to colorectal cancer? As a gastroenterologist, a large focus of my work involves screening for and prevention of colorectal cancer (CRC).  I have a focus on patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), a population at increased risk for CRC. Understanding more about the risk factors for CRC and novel ways to treat it are of paramount importance.

Why did you decide to join Team Colon Cancer Challenge? My father in law and sister in law both were running the NYC Marathon. I had been on the fence about running until I saw an email seeking team members. This is a cause near and dear to my heart and led me to sign up for the race.

What are you most looking forward to in conquering the NYC Marathon? Sharing in the experience with family members running for the first time and to help raise a lot of money for the CCCF.
Survivors, caregivers, doctors: all are represented on Team Colon Cancer Challenge. We are so proud to have such a dedicated and diverse group representing us! To support Dr. Lukin and Team Colon Cancer Challenge, click here.
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