FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among both men and women, with more than 140,000 cases expected this year. As part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation's season-long "Kick Cancer" initiative, and in partnership with Mass General Hospital, the Patriots will promote colorectal cancer awareness at the December 6 Monday night matchup at Gillette Stadium versus the New York Jets.
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, one of the leading cancer care providers in the United States, will have several tables throughout the stadium distributing educational material to fans, and public messaging in the stadium will encourage them to visit Patriots.com/community to get more information on how to get screened.
"We are blessed to have amazing medical institutions like Mass General Hospital in this region, and we're teaming with them through the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation to raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening and prevention," said Patriots Chairman & CEO Robert Kraft. "Colon cancer affects both men and women and is a particular concern in the African American community. We are proud to partner with Mass General at one of our biggest games of the season to promote screening and prevention."
During the game, Patriots linebacker Gary Guyton, the son of a colon cancer survivor, will appear in a public service announcement on the stadium's video screens to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. He joins linebacker Rob Ninkovich, kicker Stephen Gostkowski, punter Zoltan Mesko and running back Kevin Faulk as Patriots players who have filmed public service announcements asking Patriots fans to help "Kick Cancer."
"If you're turning fifty give yourself a birthday present and schedule a colonoscopy," said Dr. David Ryan, clinical director at Mass General Cancer Center. "If you have any type of symptoms prior to your fiftieth birthday, like abdominal pains. bloating, or unusual bleeding it is imperative you see your physician and decide whether you need a colonoscopy prior to that important birthday. It may save your life."
The Patriots' season-long "Kick Cancer" initiative aims to raise awareness about cancer through messages to fans and the distribution of educational material at home games in partnership with Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital - the founding hospitals of Partners HealthCare - and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
For more information about the "Kick Cancer" initiative, including resources and information about cancer prevention and screening, visit www.patriots.com/community.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION "KICK CANCER" GAME SCHEDULE:
December 6 ... New York Jets ... Colon Cancer Awareness
December 19 ... Green Bay Packers ... Prostate Cancer Awareness
January 2 ... Miami Dolphins ... Kick Cancer Celebration with Survivors and Caregivers
ABOUT THE MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL CANCER CENTER
An integral part of one of the world's most distinguished academic medical centers, the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center (www.massgeneral.org/cancer) is among the leading cancer care providers in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the Mass General Cancer Center as one of the top ten cancer centers in the country. Its nurses were the first in Massachusetts to achieve Magnet status in recognition of the hospital's exceptional nursing care. Known for providing customized, innovative treatments and compassionate care to both adults and children, the Cancer Center comprises 23 fully integrated, multidisciplinary clinical programs and a vast array of support and educational services. Its network of affiliations extends throughout New England and the southeastern U.S. The Cancer Center's commitment to eradicating cancer is fueled by scientific investigation conducted as part of one of the largest hospital-based research programs in the nation. Through a powerful synergy between laboratory scientists and bedside physicians, the Mass General Cancer Center fosters innovation in all phases of cancer research. Physician investigators conduct nearly 400 clinical trials annually. The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center is proud to be a founding member of a Harvard Medical School consortium designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center. This prestigious seven-member center forms the largest cancer research collaboration in the country. The promising new treatments developed through this partnership are revolutionizing the future of cancer medicine.
ABOUT THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit entity created by the Kraft family to support charitable and philanthropic agencies throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, and the donation of signed memorabilia to a variety of charitable causes, and from Patriots players who offer their direct support by appearing at charity functions throughout the year. The Foundation's primary goal is to support programs that aid the youth and families of New England while underscoring the Kraft family's deep commitment to philanthropic activities in the community. Over the past 16 years, the Foundation has made millions of dollars in donations to thousands of non-profit organizations throughout New England and has partnered with numerous community groups, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, the United Way, the Greater Boston Food Bank and a host of other New England charities. The Foundation actively supports non-profit groups focusing on health, education, youth fitness and community enrichment while also implementing its own programs in those areas of focus. In 2010, The Foundation's "Kick Cancer" initiative aims to awareness about cancer through messages to fans and the distribution of educational material at home games in partnership with Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital - the founding hospitals of Partners HealthCare - and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.