9th Annual Unmasking Colon Cancer Gala


Photos from the 9th Annual Unmasking Colon Cancer Gala is now available.

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  Photo by Frolic Photography by Maryanne Way from "Woven," Jan. 17 at Harbison Theatre.
 Photo by Maryanne Way

Dustin Praylow has always wanted to be a pediatrician. The junior biology major is on track to make that happen, but not before he explores his other passion — dance.

The South Carolina native says he has been dancing most of his life, but he started training in high school. He plans to pursue a career in dance before going to medical school. Praylow is already on the way. 

During his free time, he choreographs dances for groups in the Pee Dee region near his home. 


The American Cancer Society estimated that more than 585,000 people in the United States would die of  cancer in 2014. The disease claims the lives of 1 in every 4 individuals, making it the second-most common cause of death in the nation behind heart disease.

But beyond the data, lie countless stories of triumph and defeat of people battling the disease and families who struggle to comfort their relatives. The students of the University of South Carolina’s Dance Program are sharing their personal stories through movement as part of their end-of-the-year choreography showcase.



Dancers practice for Dallas King's piece "We Are Only Human" (photo by Kelly Petty).
Dancers practice for Dallas King’s piece “We Are Only Human.” (photo by Kelly Petty)

The 2014-2015 budget passed by the South Carolina General Assembly contains a specific line item for screening the uninsured and medically under served of our state, in the amount of $500,000. These funds are intended to match equivalent source of funding received from private sources. Cancer survivor and CCCR Ambassador David Wright partnered with Ted Riley of the SC Cancer Alliance and Nancy Cheney of the American Cancer Society Advocacy Network to advocate for this funding. Thanks to the proactive efforts of these three individuals, legislators strongly supported a second year of funding. This past year alone, the screening program helped 12 individuals access additional care (resection, oncology, etc.) as a result of findings detected during their screening. By detecting cancers early and/or potential source of cancer, we have reduced the cost of cancer care in these 12 individuals thus saving hundreds of thousands of dollars to our State, making this program valuable.