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Karmanos’ colon cancer research will benefit from Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation run/walk event

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s colon cancer research is being supported by the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation’s Second Annual Scope It Out 5K Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Awareness from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at Willow Metro Park in New Boston.

Minsig Choi, M.D., member of the Gastrointestinal and Neuroendocrine Oncology Multidisciplinary Team at Karmanos and Lawrence Lum, M.D., D.Sc., professor of Medicine and Immunology and Microbiology at Karmanos and Wayne State University School of Medicine, will be in attendance at the event. Dr. Lum will serve as guest speaker.

Individual and team registration fees now until Nov. 1 are $30 or $35 the day of the race. Since the race is held at a metropark, a motor vehicle entry permit is required. A daily permit can be purchased for $5 per car at the entrance.

The event is organized in memory of Jaime Luch of Grosse Pointe and Erica Paul, of Coleman, Mich. Luch was only 31 when she succumbed to colorectal cancer and Paul was only 29 when she passed away from Stage IV metastatic colon cancer.

The goal of the run/walk is to bring awareness to the importance of early screening for the disease, which is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and to raise money to fund efforts to abolish it. Organizers raise funds to educate, provide resources and give back locally to the metro Detroit area.

To date, events like this run/walk allowed Chris4Life to donate more than $1 million to further colorectal cancer research and awareness across the country. Education and encouragement generated at the walk have helped save lives.

People can register for the race up until race day November 2. Questions can be e-mailed to Breanna Petinga at 734-626-0810. For more information, visit

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