Archive | March, 2010

Colon Cancer Challenge 2010: On A Roll to Raise Awareness

Lexington Medical Center hosted its first Colon Cancer Challenge, a bike ride to raise awareness and funds for colon cancer, on March 20, 2010 at Dutch Fork High School. Nearly 200 riders participated in a 65 mile ride, 25 mile ride and 5 and 10 mile family rides. All proceeds from the bike ride will pay for colonoscopies for patients who are uninsured or underinsured.

David Wright, a community leader and colon cancer survivor, emceed the event. Barbara Willm, LMC VP of Community Relations, was a key planner.

The bike ride came about as a result of a grant LMC received from the University of South Carolina to create and promote an event to raise awareness about colon cancer. Dr. March Seabrook, gastroenterologist, was one of the people behind the idea of a bike ride.

Here are some colon cancer facts from the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Cancer Society:

Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States.
• Nearly 800 South Carolinians die of colon cancer each year. But it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer – and curable – when detected early.
• The best way to screen for colon cancer is a colonoscopy, which is an examination of the large intestine using a lighted tube.
Colonnoscopy is among the most powerful tools in clinical medicine, because of its excellent potential to identify and permit removal of polyps before they turn into cancer.
• In general, doctors recommend that people undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50. African-Americans should begin screening at age 45.
• Early detection and intervention can reduce mortality from colon cancer by up to 90%.

"Bon jour, Ya’ll!" Ambassador David Wilkins visits LMC


David Wilkins, former United States Ambassador to Canada, delivered a wonderful speech at a Lexington Medical Center Foundation dinner held at the Embassy Suites hotel in Columbia on March 4th.

Explaining how he used boiled peanuts and the words “Bonjour, Ya’ll!” to enhance diplomacy and strengthen the world’s largest trade relationship, Wilkins spoke with humor and honesty about his work.

When President George Bush appointed Wilkins to serve as Canadian ambassador in 2005, the southern Republican from Greenville was tasked with restoring the relationship between the United States and Canada. The new job took Wilkins to each Canadian province and territory. Wilkins recounted many of his experiences along the way – from ice skating, petting polar bears and trouble learning French, to helping resolve high-profile trade disputes and visiting soldiers in Afghanistan.

Earlier in the day, he toured Lexington Medical Center.

Wilkins is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and chairs the Public Policy and International Law practice group, which focuses primarily on representing businesses on both sides of the US-Canadian border and offers experience on a wide range of strategic bilateral issues. He served as United States Ambassador to Canada until 2009. He is also a former speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives.