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Huntington, W.Va. – Cabell Health Care Center, Lincoln and Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers each presented $500 towards “Care for Your Colon 5k Race” with a $1,500 donation from the AMFM Charitable Foundation, Inc. All the proceeds go to benefitting colon cancer patients at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

In West Virginia, an average of 1,126 new cases of colorectal cancer is diagnosed each year. It is estimated that 153,430 people in the United States will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2017, and close to 50,000 may die from the disease.

These statistics is partially what led St. Mary’s Medical Center Continuum of Care Liaison Kelly Jobe to begin the “Care for Your Colon 5k Race” last year. The other reason is Jobe’s own battle with colon cancer last year. She was going through treatment and chemotherapy during last year’s race, and is now cancer free.

“I’ve known and worked with Kelly for years throughout my career,” said Carla Peters, Clinical Liaison for AMFM. “To be able to come together and help her make this event such a success is a dream come true, and our honor to do so.”

In hard hit West Virginia, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related death even though it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Per the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources (WVDHHR), colon cancer incidence rates are significantly higher than the United States both in total population and ages 50 and older.

“The money can be used to help people with screenings, those without insurance or help towards deductibles and insurance costs for patients,” Jobe said.

The “Care for Your Colon 5k” took place at Barboursville Park in Barboursville, and more than 15 team members from the three AMFM centers came out to walk and/or run the race.

The donation was made possible through the AMFM Charitable Foundation, Inc. The foundation provides money to AMFM’s family of 16 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities to support community events, charities and programs. More than $500,000 has been presented to community organizations, events and charities.

AMFM’s mission is “to exemplify excellence in quality care to our customers by providing an environment that enhances personal growth, individuality, dignity and respect.”