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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

The Center for Colon Cancer Research is hosting its 3rd year of the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program for minority students who have an interest in biomedical research.  This program has been running since May 22nd, and ends on July 28, 2017.  The goal of the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program is for each student to work in a research laboratory related to his or her career interests, and to decide whether a research career is a good fit.  For those students interested in a research career, this program will provide them with information for applying and being accepted to a high-caliber graduate training program.  This Summer experience, along with hard work and good grades, will help the students become highly competitive applicants.

Summer Undergraduate Minority Research students for summer 2017This year, the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program has a total of six students, who are:

  • Josue Banegas from Greenville, SC, who is working with Dr. Doug Pittman in Pharmacy;
  • Zachary Gomez from San Juan, Puerto Rico, working with Dr. Michael Wyatt and Dr. Michael Shtutman in Pharmacy;
  • Sasha Hodge from Kannapolis, NC, working with Dr. Jason Stewart in Biology;
  • Lisette Payero from Aiken, SC, working with Dr. Lydia Matestic in Biology;
  • Amani Rashad from Fayetteville, NC, working with Dr. Mythreye Karthikeyan in Chemistry and Biochemistry;
  • Austin White from Rock Hill, SC, working with Dr. Jim Carson in Public Health.

IMG 1005Dr. March Seabrook, a Columbia Gastroenterologist, colorectal cancer advocate, and supporter of the CCCR,  was recently awarded the 2017 Molina Healthcare Community Champion Award for his dedication to improving colorectal cancer screening and awareness in South Carolina.  The Community Champion Award recognizes those who demonstrate selfless dedication to improving the quality of life in the communities they serve.  Winners receive $1,000 that they can donate to a non-profit organization of their choice.  Dr. Seabrook has donated his award to the CCCR, with which he works closely in promoting awareness of screening and in carrying out colonoscopies for the uninsured of South Carolina.