2 years. 10 cities. 18 festivals.
32,371 people provided information and resources about colorectal cancer screening and prevention.
Our Susie’s Cause Free Outreach Health Festivals are designed to engage underserved, underrepresented communities, where colorectal cancer diagnoses and deaths occur at an alarmingly high rate.
We bring these festivals into the communities themselves, partnering with local health systems, hospitals, and service agencies to provide a free day of health and wellness education, with a focus on colorectal cancer screening, prevention, and treatment.
Our festivals routinely offer free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, glucose, and even HIV. Healthy lifestyle exhibits and fitness demonstrations are staples of our festivals, too.
We also always organize a showcase of community-based arts groups and entertainers to perform live.
It is initiatives like our health festivals that led the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons to honor Susie's Cause founder David Rodman Cohan with its prestigious David Jagelman Award for Advocacy in Colorectal Cancer in 2016. In announcing the award, the ASCRS praised our foundation's "innovative outreach programs that have led to significant increases in colon cancer screenings throughout the nation."
In 2016 and 2017, we hosted a total of 18 festivals in 10 different cities and metropolitan areas: Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Louisville, Detroit, Oakland, Washington, D.C., Miami, and Los Angeles.
Please consider donating to our Festival Fund and helping us continue our work in 2018. Thank you!