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Colonoscopies Save Lives!!
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GCCCF Quarterly Newsletter 


October, 2019                                                                       Vol. 3, Issue 4

Fall is for fires, football, falling leaves, and fairs...health fairs that is! GCCCF has been busy over the last couple of months, participating in many health fairs and employee education events in the Chattanooga community. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to raise awareness of colon cancer at these events, and thankful to the volunteers who come out to help us spread the message that Colonoscopies Save Lives! Heading into the last two months of the year, we will be looking toward 2020, and what we can do to make sure we are having the greatest impact for awareness, education, and support in Chattanooga and surrounding areas. We would love to have your feedback on what you would like to see from GCCCF, and have included a short, 5-minute survey below. Let us know what we are doing well, and how we can improve to better serve our community. 

 

In good health,
Kayse Rigsby
Executive Director

 

GCCCF Impact Survey - Click Here
It is time once again to begin planning for the annual Rump Run 5K and Fun Walk! 2020 will be the 10th year GCCCF has brought an event for colon cancer awareness to the Chattanooga community, and we are excited to have reached this milestone!! 

YOU CAN HELP!

We need sponsors to make this 10th anniversary event the BEST ONE YET! If you are interested in supporting the 2020 Rump Run, please click here for more information. 
HEALTH FAIRS
Thank you to our volunteers and board members who have come out to promote colon cancer awareness in the community over the last several months! Thank you especially to GCCCF Vice President, Dr. Marshall Horton, who has worked tirelessly organizing our participation in these events.
GCCCF Board President Dr. Tom Brien (AKA Captain Colon), along with volunteers Jennifer Thompson-Malone and Dank Hawkins, at the Inaugural Cempa Health Fair, held at Howard High School
GCCCF Vice President, Dr. Marshall Horton, and volunteer Jewell Brien, at the Tranco Logistics Employee Health Fair
GCCCF Board Member, Helen Pinkerton, at the National Night Out Event, held at the Brainerd Community Recreation Center
Volunteer and SURVIVOR, Kermit Hester, at the YMCA Employee Health Fair
Volunteers Jennifer Thompson-Malone and Calvin Bowman, at the 100 Black Men of Bradley County Health Event at Bradley Square Mall in Cleveland
Volunteers Laura Grody and Jewell Brien, at the BCBST Employee Health Event

Caring for a Colostomy 

Protecting the skin around the stoma

The skin around your stoma should always look the same as skin anywhere else on your abdomen. But ostomy output can make this skin tender or sore. Here are some ways to help keep your skin healthy:

Use the right size pouch and skin barrier opening. An opening that’s too small can cut or injure the stoma and may cause it to swell. If the opening is too large, output could get to and irritate the skin. In both cases, change the pouch or skin barrier and replace it with one that fits well.

Change the pouching system regularly to avoid leaks and skin irritation. Itching and burning are signs that the skin needs to be cleaned and the pouching system should be changed.

Do not rip the pouching system away from the skin or remove it more than once a day unless there’s a problem. Remove the skin barrier gently by pushing your skin away from the sticky barrier rather than pulling the barrier away from the skin.

Clean the skin around the stoma with water. Dry the skin completely before putting on the skin barrier or pouch.

Watch for sensitivities and allergies to the adhesive, skin barrier, paste, tape, or pouch material. They can develop after weeks, months, or even years of using a product because you can become sensitized over time. If your skin is irritated only where the plastic pouch touches it, you might try a pouch cover or a different brand of pouch. Pouch covers are available from supply manufacturers, or you can make your own.

You may have to test different products to see how your skin reacts to them. If you feel comfortable testing yourself, follow the directions under “Patch testing” that follow. If you’re not comfortable doing this on your own and the problem continues, talk to your doctor or ostomy nurse.

Patch testing different products for skin sensitivity or allergies. Patch testing can be done to see if you’re sensitive to or allergic to a product used as part of your ostomy care. Place a small piece of the material to be tested on the skin of your belly, far away from the stoma. If the material is not self-sticking attach it with an adhesive tape that you know you’re not allergic to Leave it on for 48 hours.
 

-Source: American Cancer Society 

Supporting GCCCF

As 2019 comes to a close, there are several opportunities to support GCCCF:

Giving Tuesday - Make an online donation to GCCCF on Tuesday, December 3rd

End of Year Donations - Make a donation to GCCCF by December 31, 2019, to include it in your 2019 taxes. Donations can be made online, or mail a check to 979 East 3rd Street, Ste. C-300, Chattanooga, TN 37403

Amazon Smile - Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to GCCCF when you shop smile.amazon.com on Cyber Monday (December 2nd), or anytime this holiday season. You may have to search for and select GCCCF as your charity of choice when you first visit Amazon Smile. 
Great news! This fall, you will GAIN an extra hour to schedule your COLONOSCOPY!! To take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, don't forget to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday, November 3rd.
Sharing Your Story Could Raise Money for Colon Cancer Awareness

Sharing the story of your journey with colon cancer could result in money for colon cancer awareness and prevention! Stop Colon Cancer Now has pledged a five dollar donation to The V Foundation for Cancer Research for every survivor story submitted to their website. The V Foundation for Cancer Research was jointly founded in 1993 by ESPN and famed college basketball coach Jimmy Valvano. Sadly, Coach Valvano lost his battle with cancer not long after starting the Foundation, but his mission and legacy lives on in the continued work of the organization. While Valvano's dream was finding cures for every cancer, The V Foundation has been instrumental in millions of dollars raised, and grants that have been awarded for colon cancer funding. Click here to read stories submitted by colon cancer survivors, and please consider sharing your own story as well.  

 
We are interested in your cancer journey story too! Are you willing to share how colon cancer has impacted your life? Please contact us and let us know!
     

About GCCCF

 

The Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation (GCCCF) is a 501(c)3 organization, dedicated to conquering Colon Cancer through Awareness, Access and Advocacy



Colon Cancer Resources

Colorectal Cancer Alliance

American Cancer Society

Colontown Online Community (Facebook)

Fight Colorectal Cancer


StopColonCancerNow.com

 

     
Upcoming Events:

Erlanger Medical Center Employee Health Fair

Downtown - 11/6
East - 11/7
    
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GCCCF Board of Directors

Chair - Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, MD
President - Thomas Brien, MD
Vice-President - Marshall Horton, MD
Secretary - Kim Shank, RN
Treasurer - Jones Krogh


 
Directors at Large
 
Christie Burbank
Tony Dotson
Melissa Pendergrass
Helen Pinkerton
Craig Sarine

Alison Sexter
 
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