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Shaw University Partners With CEO Roundtable on Cancer for 5K Walk-Run Event March 30thto Raise Awareness About Cancer and Health Inequities

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Shaw University Partners With CEO Roundtable

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 03/28/2022

RALEIGH, N.C. – On Wednesday, March 30 beginning at 5:30 p.m., runners and walkers in Raleigh – and in virtual locations across the nation – will join together to raise awareness about cancer as part of a 5K Walk-Run event hosted by Shaw University and collaborative partner CEO Roundtable on Cancer. For those joining in person, participants will gather at Gate 11 on Wilmington Street in front of Shaw University’s campus and walk a route that circles the perimeter of the campus several times to complete the distance. Virtual participants are encouraged to complete their walk-run anytime from anywhere in solidarity with the in-person participants. The walk-run event will proceed rain or shine. 

Barbara Powell-Jackson, Gold Community Engagement Coordinator and an adjunct professor in the Shaw University School of Business and Professional Studies, said: “The Cancer Awareness 5K Run-Walk is one event that will lead to many discussion panels, ​activities, and opportunities to ignite the minds and seek the attention of our community as it relates to cancer and other diseases. Shaw University has a strong history of being active in social justice and equality. Health disparities are a great concern and are very prevalent in our community.  My goal is to bring awareness, create wellness circles, build strength in unity, and remove barriers that prevent open conversations by connecting applicable tools and top-notch resources to the community in which we live, embrace, and empower.”

In February, Dr. Lynette Wood, dean of Shaw’s School of Business and Professional Studies announced a $60,000 renewable grant from the CEO Roundtable on Cancer to support a community engagement program that focuses on reducing health inequities. The grant provides resources to encourage activity that will improve health outcomes among populations in the area who are disproportionately affected by cancer. The Shaw University Center for Racial and Social Justice is also a supporting partner of this initiative. 

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer’s Going for Gold program is a multi-year initiative in partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, global health care companies spearheaded by CEO Roundtable on Cancer members Amgen and Merck (known as MSD outside the United States and Canada), along with analytics leader SAS. With a focus on improving health equity, education, navigation, and access, the program has the capacity to impact more than 20 million lives within 7-10 years. The mission of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer is to make continual progress toward the elimination of cancer as a personal disease and public health problem through initiatives that reduce the risk of cancer, enable early diagnosis, facilitate access to treatment, and hasten the discovery of effective therapies. 

Dr. Paulette Dillard, President of Shaw University, said: “I’m looking forward to getting my steps in on March 30th as part of the 5K Walk-Run event to raise awareness about cancer and health disparities in our community. Shaw University is proud to partner with the CEO Roundtable on Cancer and help spearhead a national movement to improve positive health outcomes in our communities. The collaborative work between our two organizations can serve as a model to build a national framework that educates minority communities, in particular, about cancer prevention, early detection, and increasing access to clinical trials and treatment facilities.” 

Shaw University, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the first historically Black institution of higher education founded in North Carolina and is among the oldest in the nation. The University was founded in 1865 by Henry Martin Tupper. Dr. Paulette Dillard currently serves as the University’s 18th President. For more information, visit: www.shawu.edu.

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