The Get Your Rear in Gear events across the country focus on raising awareness about colon cancer. They are events designed to unite people to provide support and hope for those who have had their lives affected by our nation’s second leading cause of cancer deaths, and to encourage individuals of all ages to get screened. All proceeds raised through Get Your Rear in Gear events help to support awareness and screening in your local communities.
With this mission in mind, the Boston Get Your Rear in Gear campaign strives to develop programs to support our most needy communities in accessing colon cancer screenings and treatments. We are pleased to announce the development of the Colon Cancer Screening and Education Program (CCSEP). This partnership between Boston Get Your Rear in Gear and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers will strive to remove barriers to colon cancer pre-screening and treatment. For more details on the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, see the bottom of this email.
To initiate this program the Boston Get Your Rear in Gear Campaign is donating $90,000 to the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers to directly assist center patients with expenses related to colon cancer screenings and treatment that are not covered by health insurance. Areas eligible for financial assistance include:
Pre- and post- colonoscopy prep products and medications
Transportation to and from procedures
Translation services during procedures
Co-pays and deductibles
Cost of diagnostics resulting from screening
Cost of ancillary services needed to support patient through colon cancer treatment (day care,meals,home care,medication,etc.)
Through this new initiative you can be assured that your support and donation will help remove barriers to early diagnoses and treatment of colon cancer. Through your participation, you are helping our most needy community members receive valuable screening and care. Through your continued support, you are helping raise awareness and improve treatment for the second leading cause of cancer deaths in this nation.
Thank you again. And, we look forward to seeing you on October 13th, 2013 for the Second Annual Boston Get Your Rear in Gear 5k Run/Walk.
Community health centers provide primary, preventive and dental care, as well as mental health, substance abuse and other community-based services to anyone in need regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. In Massachusetts, 50 community health center organizations provide high quality health care to nearly 800,000 state residents through more than 280 sites statewide. Community health centers are receiving increasing attention as a solution for reducing health costs and ensuring health care quality in Massachusetts and across the nation. Community health centers excel at providing preventive care and chronic disease management in lower cost community settings. Massachusetts community health centers care for patients of all ages and racial and ethnic backgrounds, and represent a major source of care for medically underserved women and children. Health center patients are disproportionately low-income, publicly insured or uninsured, and are at higher risk for contracting chronic and complex diseases.