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American Cancer Society and the National Football League Award Grant to ReGenesis Health Care to Fight Breast and Colorectal Cancer  

October 6, 2017 - As part of its Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, the American Cancer Society has awarded a $75,000 grant to ReGenesis Health Care to implement cancer prevention and early detection activities aimed to improve cancer outcomes by providing education, outreach, navigation, and access to cancer screenings in the Carolinas. This initiative is made possible by a partnership between The National Football League and ACS. 

The National Football League’s Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer initiative provides funding to support increased access to cancer education, prevention and screening resources in underserved communities through the American Cancer Society.  The NFL Carolina Panthers, an ACS partner since 2009, has been supporting the CHANGE Grant program since it was implemented in 2011.  “We all know the best defense is a good offense, and the Carolina Panthers are pleased to partner with the American Cancer Society to provide important funding for cancer prevention and education efforts in the Carolinas through Crucial Catch,” said Riley Fields, Carolina Panthers director of community relations. “Most importantly, the community grant being awarded to ReGenesis Health Care in Spartanburg will focus on underinsured and uninsured individuals receiving lifesaving preventative screenings for breast and colorectal cancer.”

Grant funding will support the efforts of ReGenesis Health Care to address breast and colorectal cancer.  ReGenesis is partnering with the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network (CCPN) to increase access to colorectal cancer screening in the community.

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Tracie LewisWe are excited to announce that Tracie Lewis has joined the CCCR’s Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network (CCPN).  In assuming the position of Community Outreach Director, Ms. Lewis has taken on some of Anne Sinclair's and Annie Thibault’s former responsibilities pertaining to oversight of the outreach and development efforts.  Ms. Thibault will assume new responsibilities as CCPN Director, overseeing overall administration of the Network while continuing many of her current activities working alongside Ms. Lewis and Navigation Services Director Renay Caldwell.

Prior to joining the CCPN, Ms. Lewis was the State Health Systems Manager in South Carolina for the American Cancer Society, where she was employed for 17 years.  She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from the College of Charleston, and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.  She has worked extensively with state agencies, health insurers, and quality improvement networks to increase breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening through implementation of evidence-based practices.  Ms. Lewis currently serves on the Cancer Control Advisory Council for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the Coordinating Council for the South Carolina Cancer Alliance.  She also serves on the Alliance’s Colorectal Cancer Workgroup.

These changes in team structure reflect important growth and expansion of the CCPN over the past few years.  It is our hope that the reach and impact of the Network will increase with regard to colorectal cancer education, awareness, and screening throughout South Carolina.

Recently, the Duke Endowment released its Annual Report for 2016, entitled Working Upstream, which highlighted the Endowment’s philanthropic efforts for the year.  One of the featured programs in the Report is the Center for Colon Cancer Research’s screening program.  The Duke Endowment awarded the CCCR’s statewide Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network $450,000 to further its efforts to provide colorectal cancer screening to uninsured and medically underserved individuals who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to receive this life-saving screen.  You can read more about the CCCR’s efforts to “Fight Cancer through Screening” in the Healthcare section of the Report, which can be accessed at