Oral Cancer Walk Update

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Giving Oral Cancer a Voice…Our Voice! 

The 2013 Oral Cancer Foundation Walk for Awareness was another record-breaking event, raising over $85,000! These funds will be used to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy, and patient support activities.  We would like to thank everyone who supported us in this year, whether it was through fundraising, volunteering, spreading the word on social media, or coming out to walk at the event! 

The walk venue was changed to the Busse Woods Forest Preserve this year to allow for more space and parking.  In the future, we’d also like to expand our walk by having multiple locations for additional participation throughout the state at central and southern Illinois venues. The 2013 walk had over 600 registered participants and a significant increase in oral cancer survivor attendees.  In addition to our raffle and silent auction, we added a “sponsor expo” and had 18 of our 39 sponsors opting for booth space!  Volunteers performed 196 oral cancer screenings over a 4-hour time period! We were fortunate to have adjunctive screening devices available for our clinicians to use as part of the exam, thanks to VelScope, Identifi and OralID.  Live entertainment was added this year with 12 string acoustic guitarist, Glen Murschel and the Prospect High School Drum line.  Kids and adults participated in face painting, baggo games, and balloon art.  A “FUNtastic” day was certainly had by all! 

Our Illinois walk would not be possible without the help and support of our sponsors and volunteers.  Our committee members work very hard year round to plan and organize the event and I am always humbled by their commitment and dedication.  We are always happy to welcome others wanting to get involved.  Personally, this has been one of the most rewarding projects I have ever been a part of. The new friendships that have formed and people I have met and worked with along the way have enriched my life and made the experience unforgettable!   What started as a small desire to get involved as a volunteer for oral cancer awareness, has evolved into a much larger role beyond the walk, to now include community outreach screening events.  We’d love to have more dental professionals sign up to be “on-call” as volunteer screeners as these opportunities arise.  

On a side note, since getting involved with The Oral Cancer Foundation 2 years ago, one of my family members was diagnosed with this disease and has been going through treatment and recovery in 2013.  I’ve learned a lot through his journey and how devastating the effects of oral cancer can be on the individual and their caregivers.  Although ironic, I was so grateful to be able refer my brother to The Oral Cancer Foundation as a reliable resource for sound advice, recommendations and support!  With oral and head & neck cancers still on the rise, it is vital that all health care professionals be informed about the current trends and risk factors to help educate the general public about signs, symptoms and prevention strategies.  For additional information about this disease, please visit: www.oralcancer.org For updates on local awareness and screening events, oral cancer screening videos, and more photos from our walk, visit and LIKE our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ILWalk4OCF To get involved with our 2014 event, contact me at the address below. 

Together we can make a difference and save lives! 

Respectfully, 

Alison Stahl, RDH, BS
Oral Cancer Foundation Regional Coordinator
Walk4ocf@gmail.com
847-414-4919

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