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Audrey Smith and Helen Bell of the VFW Auxiliary Department of South Carolina present Dr. Frank Berger with a check for $2,209.
Audrey Smith and Helen Bell of the VFW Auxiliary Department of South Carolina present Dr. Frank Berger with a check for $2,209.

The VFW Auxiliary Department of South Carolina recently donated $2,209 to the Center for Colon Cancer Research.  This generous gift illustrates the organization's on-going support for cancer research.

The VFW Auxiliary Department of South Carolina is part of a national service and philanthropic organization that supports soldiers and their families.

A public–private partnership of patient navigators, gastroenterologists, and other healthcare providers — who collectively volunteer their time and skills — is bringing colorectal cancer screening to underserved, low-income populations.

"Over 50% of the gastroenterologists in our state participate, and not one of them gets compensated, and none of the practices that use anesthesiologists or anesthetists are compensated," said Renay Caldwell, CCRC, from the Center for Colon Cancer Research at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

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The University of South Carolina’s Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) has been awarded a $3.6 million five-year grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Colorectal Cancer Screening Program in South Carolina. CDC awarded a total of $22.8 million across 31 grantees, including 24 state health departments, six universities and one American Indian tribe to increase colorectal screening among underserved populations. The Principal Investigators on the S.C.-based project are CCCR Director Franklin Berger, who is also a professor of biological sciences, and Heather Brandt, associate professor of health promotion, education, and behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health.

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