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Laconia Clinic Employees Wear Blue to Kick Colon Cancer

3/6/2013

Laconia, NH – One in 20 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer.  It could be a parent, a friend or a co-worker…it could be you. It’s a scary statistic and it’s one of the reasons why the Laconia Clinic, a department of LRGHealthcare, hosted a Dress in Blue Day™ event where employees wore blue to help bring greater awareness to colon cancer, a disease that can be prevented through screening. The event took place to coincide with the Colon Cancer Alliance’s (CCA) National Dress in Blue Day program to help commemorate March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
 
“We wanted to make a difference in the lives of our employees, their families and their friends. Our companywide Dress in Blue Day event encouraged employees to talk to family and friends about colon cancer and the importance of being screened.  By bringing greater awareness to this disease and the importance of screening and early detection, we will save lives,” said Andy Patterson, Senior VP of Provider Relations and Contracting.

Dress in Blue Day is held on the first Friday in March in communities and offices throughout the nation.  The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) first launched the Dress in Blue Day program in 2009 to bring nationwide attention to colon cancer and to celebrate the courage of those affected by this disease. Today, individuals, businesses and community groups across the country participate by wearing blue and urging others to do the same.

Blue is the nationally recognized color for colon cancer. By “going blue,” we hope to raise public awareness and get people talking about this cancer.

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.

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