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Allegheny Health Network Hosts 14th Annual Big Blue Quest at Forbes Hospital

Friday, May 19, 2017

May 20 event raises awareness about colon and rectal cancers, supports research at AHN to improve disease prevention and treatment

MONROEVILLE, PA –Allegheny Health Network’s fourteenth annual Big Blue Quest, a fun walk and run that benefits colon and rectal cancer awareness and research, is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville.

The 5K race is sanctioned and certified by USA Track & Field. Timing will be done by Runner’s High and competitive runners can register with Runner’s High for a chance to earn medals in a variety of categories for all ages.   The event begins at the Forbes Hospital Cancer Center parking lot, with registration at 8 a.m. The 5K run begins at 9:30 a.m. and the 2K fun walk at 9:45 a.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. with raffles and drawings to follow. Dog walkers are also welcome.

Allegheny Health Network hopes to attract new participants to the annual event while challenging last year’s participants to bring one more person along.

“When runners and walkers bring another person along, we can educate one more person about the importance of early screening and educate the public about this preventable and beatable disease,” said James McCormick, DO, Division of Colorectal Surgery, Allegheny Health Network.

Cancers of the colon and rectum are among the most common in the United States, with colorectal cancer being the No. 2 cause of cancer death among men and women. Colorectal cancer is most often found in people age 50 and older.

All proceeds of the Big Blue Quest will support disease prevention and research at the Allegheny Health Network Center for Colon and Rectal Surgery. In addition to the walk and run, the day will include refreshments, music entertainment and educational exhibits about colorectal cancer.

Allegheny Health Network provides advanced diagnostic testing and the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to manage benign and malignant diseases of the colon and rectum. The Network’s Center for Colon and Rectal Surgery focuses on providing patients with advanced, personalized treatment plans that   maximize their quality of life and provide the best possible outcomes.

About the Allegheny Health Network:

Allegheny Health Network, part of Highmark Health, is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is comprised of eight hospitals, including its flagship academic medical center Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital, Forbes Hospital, Jefferson Hospital, Saint Vincent Hospital, Westfield Memorial Hospital and West Penn Hospital;  a research institute; Health + Wellness Pavilions; an employed physician organization, home and community based health services and a group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 17,500 people and has more than 2,800 physicians on its medical staff. The Network also serves as a clinical campus for Temple University School of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.