Georgetown Lombardi Team Races To End Colon Cancer

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Team Georgetown Lombardi joined over 3,500 walkers and runners for the 7th Annual Scope it Out 5K run/walk for colon cancer awareness recently. Despite the chilly weather, the event, organized by the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, raised over $250,000.

Team Georgetown consisted of more than 50 Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital employees. Chris4Llife is a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group that seeks to boost funding and advocacy efforts with the aim of curing colon cancer. Through its funding for colon cancer research and other patient support services, the organization is a key partner with Georgetown Lombardi’s Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Speaking to the crowd after the race, Georgetown Lombardi Director Louis M. Weiner, M.D., thanked Chris4Life for its instrumental role in mobilizing and educating the public to become more proactive about colon cancer screening.

“We are delighted to be a part of this event, and are so grateful for the support we get from Chris4Life for our research to help make this cancer nothing but a distant memory,” Weiner said. “We can stamp out colon cancer once and for all with your help. We are here to make sure everyone has access to cutting-edge science and cutting-edge clinical care.”

For more information on the Ruesch Center, visit For more information on Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, visit

By Alaina Farrish, Georgetown Lombardi Communications

(Published April 09, 2012)