Scope It Out Detroit Colon Cancer Run/Walk Raises $50,000 for Karmanos' Colon Cancer Research
Thursday, November 08, 2012
It was a bright, crisp morning on Saturday, Nov. 3, for the first annual Scope It Out Detroit 5K Run/Walk, presented by the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. More than 500 people took part in the colon cancer awareness event at Willow Metropark in New Boston, including an enthusiastic team from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute led by Minsig Choi, M.D.; Lawrence Lum, M.D., DSc; and Philip Philip, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P. Nearly $70,000 was raised, of which $50,000 will benefit colon cancer research under way at the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Dr. Lawrence Lum joins Michael Sapienza,
founder and executive
director for Chris4Life Colon Cancer
Foundation, to greet participants
at Scope It Out Detroit.
“Cancer is a disease that impacts all of us,” said Dr. Lum. “Over the course of our lifetimes, one in two men, and one in three women will receive a cancer diagnosis. Like other cancers, colon cancer doesn’t discriminate; it attacks people of all ages, cultures and economic backgrounds.
“It takes all of us to raise awareness of this disease and the warning signs that come with it, as well as to encourage cancer screenings and research funding to help save lives. Thanks to the support from events such as Scope it Out, Karmanos researchers are making progress to help advance medical treatments for colorectal and other cancers, providing better treatment options that will lead to better results and more precious time to spend with those you love.”
Organizers of Scope It Out are passionate about raising awareness of colon cancer and saving lives. For many of these volunteers, like Jackie Borawski, this disease hits home. Borawski lost her sister Jaime DeHayes Luch to colon cancer in May 2012. She was only 31 years old.
According to Borawski, Luch was living in Florida when she was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer. She was unaware that she had a genetic mutation which caused her to be diagnosed at the young age of 28.
“'Beauty Beats Cancer’ was the motto Jaime lived by and she embodied this statement from the inside out,” said Borawski. “The average person would be shattered by this diagnosis but Jaime dug deep and found courage, hope and faith to fight for her life.”
Luch immediately began treatment, always with a smile, never once complaining. She managed to continue working full-time. Radiation and chemotherapy treatments were prescribed to shrink the tumor in her rectum enough to prevent her from needing a permanent ileostomy. Surgery followed. Unfortunately, Luch did need a total colectomy and lymph node resection with a permanent ileostomy. Borawski said it took several weeks to come to terms with this lifestyle change for her sister to feel comfortable but Luch rose to the occasion and dealt with the cards she was handed.
Jackie Borawski and her sister Jamie DeHayes Luch.
Celebrating the joyous wedding
of Jamie DeHayes Luch are Jamie's sisters
and parents (from left), Jackie Borawski,
Jill Dely, John DeHayes, Jennifer DeHayes
and Jenna DeHayes.
Nearly six weeks after surgery, Luch began another round of chemotherapy to be certain her cancer was stopped in its tracks. Then, in November 2009, Luch was told she was cancer free. Nearly three months later, she received more earth-shattering news. The reason Luch was experiencing shortness of breath was because the cancer had spread to her lungs. It was inoperable.
Luch began more chemotherapy to prevent further spread of the disease. This disease never stopped Luch from living her life. While undergoing round after round of chemotherapy treatments, Luch continued to work full-time while planning her wedding.
“She was not going to surrender to this demon – colon cancer,” Borawski said. “Her wedding went off without a hitch.”
Luch and her husband honeymooned in Hawaii and settled in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she resumed her treatment.
Borawski described her sister as proactive, always searching for the latest treatments and seeking out the best opinions.
“Her faith was unwavering, her laugh was infectious, her smile contagious and her outlook on life was always positive. This is what made her so special – her love for life and others. Jaime inspired many, even people she never met, just by being her light-hearted, fun-loving, courageous, generous self.”
Luch’s cancer remained stable for nearly two years. Borawski said her sister fought with every fiber of her being until her last breath on May 9, 2012.
“Jaime loved life – she loved her husband and family, and adored her friends. She had immense faith in God. If she was still on earth she would do everything in her power to prevent this disease from affecting others, and she would want everyone to know that beauty comes from within; it provides tremendous power. Have faith and believe in yourself. If we all work together, we can help beat this disease.”
Colorectal Health Fact Sheet
For more information on cancer services, genetic testing or to speak with a cancer expert, call the Karmanos Cancer Institute at 1-800-KARMANOS (1-800-572-6266) or go to www.karmanos.org.
Above left: Minsig Choi, M.D., and Philip A. Philip, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP. Above right: The Karmanos Cancer Institute team at the Scope It Out Detroit 5K.