Calvert County Health Department
Keep Your Colon Rollin’!
The Calvert County Health Department hosted the eighth annual “Keep Your Colon Rollin” 5k Walk/ Run on Saturday, March 23rd at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum with over 300 participants. The overall male and female winners were Justin Zarzaca, age 22 of Lexington Park and Melissa McNamara, age 20, with times of 17:25:64 and 23:59:19 respectively. Race results were provided by Chesapeake Bay Running Club. Links to race results and photos are on the right side of this page.
The event benefits Calvert Healthcare Solutions (CHS), a non-profit organization providing primary health care services to approximately 425 low income uninsured Calvert residents yearly. For more information on Calvert Healthcare Solutions, visit www.calverthealthcare.org. Chip Allen, a colon cancer survivor shared his story on his recent treatment and recognized the importance of early colon cancer screenings. He lent his support and encouragement to Diana Welch and Joe Fordham, who are currently undergoing treatment for colon cancer.
“The Colon Girl”, Kristin Waller, encouraged people to talk to their family and friends about symptoms and family history to be proactive in getting early screening. She stated the importance of knowing your own body and talking with your doctor about any irregular symptoms. Age 50 is the recommended screening age for people without a family history. For those with a family history, the screening age may be 10 years earlier.
Special thanks goes to St. Leonard Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Calvert High School NJROTC, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum staff, , SMECO, Calvert Memorial Hospital, Roger’s Rockin’ DJ service, Dr. Charles Bennett and staff, Jon S. Frank & Associates, Rausch Funeral Home, Sneade’s Ace Home Center, World Gym, Walmart, J & J Portables, Royalle Dining Services, Wentworth Nursery, Dream Weaver Café, Top Hat Party Design, Celebration Tents, Dunkin’ Donuts in Lusby, Domino’s Pizza, Giant Food in Prince Frederick, Safeway in Prince Frederick, Greene Turtle, Gateway Restaurant, Smoothie King, Calvert High School Biomedical Students, Calvert County Highway Maintenance and Parks & Recreation, Keith Wood and our many participants and volunteers for making this event successful!
Take the time to get screened. Colon cancer can be Preventable, Treatable, Beatable! For more information on colorectal cancer, contact the Calvert County Health Department’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Program.