The Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation, Inc. (“Susie’s Cause”) teamed up with Harlem Hospital and others to provide the local community with a free day of health education, with a particular focus on colon cancer screening and prevention, alongside performances from local arts groups and entertainers on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza in Harlem.
The Harlem Outreach Health Festival is the second stop on a 10-city health festival tour organized by Susie’s Cause, a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization dedicated to colon cancer prevention, treatment, and support services. The festivals are specifically designed to provide colon cancer education to underserved communities, in which colon cancer diagnoses and deaths occur at an alarmingly high rate.
In addition to colon cancer education, the Harlem Outreach Health Festival offered free health screenings, healthy lifestyle exhibits, fitness demonstrations courtesy of Shape Up NYC and the YMCA, giveaways, and face painting.
In attendance are representatives from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Gilda’s Club New York City; Cancer Care; Shape Up NYC and the Harlem YMCA; the New York City Department for the Aging; Circle of Love, a cancer support group; and Active Plus. The festival’s national sustaining sponsor is Lilly Oncology.