Save the Date for Highway to Health Car Show, March 25
Colon cancer is one of the top three cancer killers, but it doesn’t garner the same attention as some other cancers. As one of two preventable types of cancer with regular screenings, colon cancer remains the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women, but is not talked about enough.
Since 2001, Northeast Digestive Health Center has been working to change that by hosting an annual Highway to Health event to raise awareness for people to get screened, diagnosed and treated early for colon cancer.
Now in its sixth year, the family and dog-friendly event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 (rain or shine), and feature a car show, kids’ activities, live entertainment, raffle and door prizes, food trucks, silent auction and numerous vendors. The event will be held at Northeast Digestive Center. Proceeds benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA)..
Laura Henry, chief executive officer for Northeast Digestive Health Center, promises a great time for a worthwhile cause. “The Ford Owners Association of the Carolinas is always active in our event and we’re also excited this year to have some dog-friendly activities, a photo booth and lots of great vendors,” she said.
Participating vendors include: Young Living Essential Oils, Paparazzi Jewelry, Pure Chiropractic, Avella Specialty Pharmacy, Papa Robb’s Paradise Ice, Damsel In Defense, LuLaRoe, Mary Kay, Avon and Pink Zebra. Henry added it’s not too late for other vendors to sign up and join the colon cancer awareness party. Interested vendors can contact Northeast Digestive Health Center for more information.
Highway to Health joins the bigger Dress in Blue Day movement that occurs during March in conjunction with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The month has grown to be a rallying point for the colon cancer community where thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the country join together to spread colon cancer awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events, and talking to friends and family about screening.
The funds raised at the Highway to Health event support CCA’s mission to help knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers by championing prevention, funding cutting-edge research and providing high-quality patient support services. Thanks to Northeast Digestive Health Center’s annual efforts, Highway for Health has raised more than $40,000 over the last five years.
While there is no charge to attend the event, there is a $25 registration fee for car entries. Participants can register their car the day of the event; the first 10 people to enter will receive a free car show T-shirt.
“We’re so proud to host our annual Highway to Health event because it allows us to bring our local community together to raise awareness and support for an important cause – the fight against colon cancer,” Henry said. “It will be a fun day for everyone – car enthusiasts, families with kids, seniors and even dogs!”
Photos from the 2016 Highway to Health Car Show