WASHINGTON, March 23 A non-profit, Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, is being launched today with a bold mission to raise money for colon cancer research, patient treatment and care and awareness. The kick-off event, an invitation-only gala, will take place Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at The Hudson Restaurant from 6:30 - 9:30pm.
The Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation was established in memory of Christine Sapienza, the mother of Michael Sapienza, who founded the organization with family and friends in 2009.
"As a son and a caretaker, I saw firsthand the toll colon cancer took on my mother during her courageous battle with this disease," said Chris4Life Chairman and Founder, Michael Sapienza.
"It is our goal, through the launch of this foundation to educate, support and provide funding for patients and their families during the various stages of colon cancer."
"No one should have to go through this battle alone. It is our hope that through the generous donations of our supporters, Chris4Life Foundation can create an extended network of support for those in need."
The non-profit's mission is three-fold and includes the quest and search for a cure for colon cancer by:
"The event and its proceeds will go to development and the core programs of Chris4Life to establish it as a major catalyst in the fight against colon cancer. Our goal is to become the preeminent national organization that empowers us all to find a cure," Sapienza added.
The fundraiser's key note speaker, Dr. John L. Marshall is a globally recognized leader in the fight against colon cancer and will address the importance of screening. Dr. Marshall is the clinical director of oncology at Georgetown University Hospital, as well as associate director of clinical care at its Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, where Christine Sapienza was his patient.
Also on the list of speakers is Jennifer Puglise, a colon cancer survivor. Puglise will share stories about her personal battle with the disease. "More money is needed to fund colon cancer research and patients need a foundation to advocate for their needs. Chris4Life is that foundation. I believe in their scope and determination to change the outcome of colon cancer," Puglise said.
The Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation was founded by Michael Sapienza in 2009 after his mother Christine Sapienza lost her battle to colon cancer. The principal goal of Christine Sapienza Colon Cancer Foundation is to permanently eliminate the threat of colon cancer through discovery of a cure. Until then, Chris4Life is committed to funding cutting edge research, significantly improving the treatment experience for patients and caregivers, and to dramatically raise awareness about colon cancer. Visit: www.chris4life.org for more details or to pledge your support.
-- Donating funds to facilitate cutting-edge research programs; -- Improving the lives of patients diagnosed with colon cancer by funding and developing programs to support patients and their caregivers; and -- Increasing awareness of the life-saving importance of early screening for colon cancer by using innovative strategies.
SOURCE Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation