FREEHOLDTOWNSHIP—CentraStateMedicalCenterinvites the public to help Paint the Town Blue in March—Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. CentraState has joined with colorectal cancer survivor Paulette Stallone of Manalapan to help raise awareness for colon cancer prevention and early detection through screenings. Paulette is a marathon runner, fitness instructor and mom who was shocked when she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer three years ago at the age of 44.
Colorectal screenings not only detect cancer early when it is most treatable, but also can help prevent cancer by detecting precancerous polyps that can be removed. “I was scared to get screened, and scared of what they might find. But after being diagnosed, and successfully treated, I can positively say it was the best decision I’ve ever made,” says Paulette, who underwent radiation therapy and chemotherapy for rectal cancer at CentraStateMedicalCenterin 2009.
CentraState staff and Paulette will kick off the awareness campaign on February 25 by tying blue ribbons throughout CentraState and Freehold Borough that will stay up through March to increase awareness of colorectal screenings. On March 4, staff at CentraState will wear blue to work as part of National Dress in Blue Day.
The public can help support the cause on Thursday, March 3 at local businesses The Metropolitan Café and Freehold Jeweler in Freehold Borough and Nonna’s Citi Cucina restaurant in Manalapan. The merchants will donate a portion of their sales that day to benefit colorectal cancer programs and research at CentraState.
CentraState will offer free lectures and colorectal screenings to women and men on Tuesday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 29, 6-8 p.m.at the Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus at CentraStateMedicalCenter. To register for the screenings online and for more information, visit www.centrastate.com/PaintTheTownBlue or call (732) 308-0570.
On Sunday, March 27 at 10 a.m.CentraState,in conjunction with the Freehold Area Running Club and Jersey Shore Running Club will sponsor the second annual “Paulette Steps Toward Cancer Wellness”5K run/1-mile walk at MonmouthBattlefieldState Park. Participants can enjoy a day of exercise, giveaways, raffles, food, music, health information and The Breeze Radio. The entry fee is $25 prior to March 1 and $30 thereafter. The fundraiser is named in honor of Paulette, an avid runner who continued running three miles a day, four days a week throughout chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The inaugural event in March 2010 attracted more than 350 participants and raised more than $26,000. For more information, to register or to make a donation online, visit www.centrastate.com/cancerrun.
For more information about Paint the Town Blue events or to make an online donation, visit www.centrastate.com/PaintTheTownBlue. For more information about CentraState’s Cancer Program, call (866) CENTRA7 (866-236-8727) or visit www.centrastate.com.
CentraState Healthcare System is a non-profit community health organization consisting of an acute-care hospital, an ambulatory care campus, three senior living communities, a Family Medicine Residency Program, and a charitable foundation. It is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Network and a clinical research affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.