On March 19, couture battles colon cancer at the 5th Annual Unmasking Colon Cancer Gala at Coplon’s. Carmen Marc Valvo, renowned designer and colon cancer survivor, will unveil his spring collection at the event. The night includes a runway show featuring high-end dresses, cocktails, dancing, heavy hors d’oevres and several silent auction items, including a Carmen Marc Valvo gown.
The gala continues to raise awareness about colon cancer and to promote screening outreach programs throughout the state. These programs save lives and give hope to the 2,000 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer annually in South Carolina. It is because of these efforts and the dedication of our community champions, survivors, researchers and physicians that South Carolina is being recognized as a leader in colon cancer awareness and prevention programs.
Dr. March Seabrook of Consultants in Gastroenterology, the 2011 gala co-chair, says, “Two of my best friends’ fathers died of colon cancer, and 15 years ago I dedicated my professional life to it. I’m inspired by all my patients.”
Attendees include doctors, researchers, survivors and supporters of colon cancer research. The Gala is sponsored by organizations such as the Center for Colon Cancer Research at the University of South Carolina, the Betty Ann Moore fund, Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina, CVS Caremark, the South Carolina Gastroenterology Association, Lexington Medical Center, Consultants in Gastroenterology, South Carolina Gastroenterology Associates and Spartanburg Regional.
Tickets are $125 each and can be ordered online at www.cccr.sc.edu. For more information, to make a donation or to sponsor a survivor’s ticket, call (803) 777-1231.