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The 2013-2014 budget recently passed by the South Carolina General Assembly contains a specific proviso in the amount of $500,000 matching equivalent funding from private sources toward the CCCR’s Colon Cancer Prevention Network, which fosters colonoscopy screening statewide. 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 the proviso and recognized the potential for screening as an effective strategy to reduce colorectal cancer incidence, deaths and overall health care costs.

 

The CCCR has been awarded a grant from the Duke Endowment in the amount of $437,000 over the next two years for infrastructure support of statewide colon cancer screening efforts. These funds paired with funding from BCBSSC Foundation will allow us to expand patient navigation to colon cancer screening. This funding will enable us to evaluate our efforts to further our mission of reducing the morbidity of colorectal cancer in South Carolina. This grant, coupled with funds from the BCBSSC and the state, will enable screening more people in SC and further reducing the toll of colorectal cancer!

The CCCR has learned that its research grant from the National Institutes of Health has been renewed. This grant, which is the major source of funding for the Center, supports essential functions related to our research mission. It will provide about $5.5 million over the next five years, the majority of which will be utilized to foster high-end technological capabilities of investigators throughout the Center.