Concert aims to provide resources, awareness to young colon cancer patients

Monday, June 4, 2012 2:57 PM
Last updated Tuesday, June 5, 2012 9:57 AM
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Scott Walden had few resources to turn to when he was diagnosed at age 38 with colon cancer that had already spread in his body.

A benefit concert Saturday aims to help young colon cancer patients and raise awareness that it can affect young people.

Walden, a father of two, died in 2010 just a few weeks before the first benefit concert in his honor, and his friends and family later organized a foundation in his memory.

The third annual Shine for Scott Benefit Concert will be held at Laura’s Backyard Tavern, 218 S. Belair Road in Martinez.

The doors will open at 1 p.m., and the music will begin at 2 p.m. with several local and regional bands. Tickets cost $10 and children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Since its inception, Shine For Scott Inc. has helped young colon cancer patients, held educational workshops and is donating $4,400 for research into colon cancer, said foundation president Maggie Pritchard.

Through improved screening and the removal of precancerous polyps, rates of colorectal cancer have been steadily declining in the U.S. since 1998, according to the American Cancer Society.

But in those younger than 50, the rates have increased slightly, from about 8 per 100,000 in 1994 to about 10 per 100,000 in 2007, according to the cancer society.

“It’s a small percentage, but it is going up in the under-50 age group,” Pritchard said.

Screening is generally not recommended for people younger than 50.

Being overweight or obese is associated with higher risk for colorectal cancer, according to the cancer society.

While Pritchard doesn’t have scientific evidence, she believes that might be part of the reason for the increase in young patients.

“We obviously have a weight problem in this country,” she said. “It makes sense to me if that issue is also leading to increases in colorectal cancer in the under-50 group. I think there are many factors contributing to it.”

A diet high in red meat or processed meat has also been shown to increase the risk for colorectal cancer. High levels of physical activity have been shown to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by as much as 50 percent, according to the cancer society.

Even with declining overall rates, an estimated 103,170 people – 4,090 in Georgia – will get colon cancer this year, and 51,690 – including 1,470 in Georgia – will die from it, according to the cancer society.

“I think due to our diet and our lifestyle, if we have that history then we have a higher chance of it developing younger,” Pritchard said.


WHAT: The third annual Shine for Scott Benefit Concert

WHEN: Saturday. Doors open at 1 p.m. and music begins at 2 p.m. and is expected to last until 10 p.m.

WHERE: Laura’s Backyard Tavern, 218 S. Belair Road in Martinez

MORE: Tickets cost $10 but children 12 and younger are admitted free. Scheduled to perform are Dana Andrews and George Croft with The Vellotones, Lark Gillespie, Bryan Robinson, The Atom Blonde, Jam Samwich, Artemia and Wesley Cook. Proceeds benefit Shine for Scott Inc., a foundation that supports patients in Augusta and Savannah affected by colon cancer and provides money for education and research about colon cancer. For more information about the foundation, go to

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susiej 06/05/12 - 11:52 am
Shine for Scott aptly named

Top medical researchers from respected instutitions such as Boston University Medical Centers, Harvard, University of California Medical Centers and more have concluded that Vitamin D DEFICIENCY is pandemic in the United States. Various cancers, especially colon cancer, have been proven to be related to Vitamin D deficiency. People living above the latitude of Atlanta, GA have more cancers than people living below that latitude because they cannot make Vitamin D except for 1-2 months of the year (processed beginning in the skin from 10 min of sun exposure at a time). Simply search "colon cancer and Vitamin D deficiency" and you will be stunned. You will find a wealth of information by watching the University of California-Davis video, Vitamin D and Prevention of Chronic Diseases at this link, or search "University of California Davis Video Vitamin D Deficiency and Prevention of Chronic Disease." Presented by Dr. Michael F. Holick, one of the top Vit D researchers in the world. He presents on behalf of (consortium of the medical researchers mentioned above) in an effort to bring this life-saving message to all of us because this is information that today's doctors did not learn in medical school 10-20-30 years ago. New doctors are learning it and many doctors are now checking all patients' vitamin D status. A level of 50 is now considered the basic requirement for health and 60-80 is considered optimal. We must supplement with Vitamin D3. The Amer Pediatric Society has recently stated that even newborns need a Vit D supplement of about 400 iu/day; 2-12 year olds need 1000 iu/day; 12 years and older need 2000 iu/day. We need enough of a supplement and/or "safe sun" (which is exposing 25% of our skin to the sun's rays w/o sunscreen for only 10-15 minutes a few days a week. Then if you want to stay in the sun longer, apply a good sunscreen!) Check out Grassroots Health website for the impact of Vit D on a constellation of other medical conditions. SHINE for Scott is aptly named because today's medical research proves that adequate Vitamin D -- SUNSHINE -- can not only prevent cancers including colon cancer, but can also improve recovery when repleted -- along with traditional cancer treatments. I beg you to view this information and share it with medical practitioners, family and friends.

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