Office of Institutional Advancement

Jefferson Receives $55,000 from Colon Cancer Coalition

Maria Grasso, executive director of Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia, presented the check to Jefferson staff

Maria Grasso, executive director of Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia, (third from left) presented the check to Jefferson staff, including Scott Goldstein, MD, Department of Surgery (second from left); and Edith Mitchell, MD, Department of Medical Oncology (third from right).

More than 3,500 runners and walkers participated in the sixth annual Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia in Fairmount Park on March 23, 2014. Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals is a beneficiary of the event, which raises awareness and support for colorectal cancer prevention, detection, education and research.

On March 10, in celebration of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, Jefferson received a check for $55,000 from proceeds from the 2013 race. Maria Grasso, executive director of Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia, presented the check to the Jefferson Foundation; Scott Goldstein, MD, Department of Surgery; and Edith Mitchell, MD, Department of Medical Oncology. 

Grasso lost her father and grandfather to the disease and was motivated to bring the national Get Your Rear in Gear concept to Philadelphia. Goldstein and Mitchell cared for Grasso’s father, and she has since remained close with them.

Grasso said, “We are pleased to support Dr. Goldstein’s innovative clinical research studies to evaluate outcomes of certain surgical treatments and targeted therapies, as well as the work of Dr. Mitchell to eliminate racial disparities for patients with this disease. 

“I have been blown away by the work of these individuals who are fighting this battle in the medical community to bring us the newest treatments, newest technologies and newest hopes.”