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Tracie LewisWe are excited to announce that Tracie Lewis has joined the CCCR’s Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network (CCPN).  In assuming the position of Community Outreach Director, Ms. Lewis has taken on some of Anne Sinclair's and Annie Thibault’s former responsibilities pertaining to oversight of the outreach and development efforts.  Ms. Thibault will assume new responsibilities as CCPN Director, overseeing overall administration of the Network while continuing many of her current activities working alongside Ms. Lewis and Navigation Services Director Renay Caldwell.

Prior to joining the CCPN, Ms. Lewis was the State Health Systems Manager in South Carolina for the American Cancer Society, where she was employed for 17 years.  She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from the College of Charleston, and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.  She has worked extensively with state agencies, health insurers, and quality improvement networks to increase breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening through implementation of evidence-based practices.  Ms. Lewis currently serves on the Cancer Control Advisory Council for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the Coordinating Council for the South Carolina Cancer Alliance.  She also serves on the Alliance’s Colorectal Cancer Workgroup.

These changes in team structure reflect important growth and expansion of the CCPN over the past few years.  It is our hope that the reach and impact of the Network will increase with regard to colorectal cancer education, awareness, and screening throughout South Carolina.

Recently, the Duke Endowment released its Annual Report for 2016, entitled Working Upstream, which highlighted the Endowment’s philanthropic efforts for the year.  One of the featured programs in the Report is the Center for Colon Cancer Research’s screening program.  The Duke Endowment awarded the CCCR’s statewide Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network $450,000 to further its efforts to provide colorectal cancer screening to uninsured and medically underserved individuals who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to receive this life-saving screen.  You can read more about the CCCR’s efforts to “Fight Cancer through Screening” in the Healthcare section of the Report, which can be accessed at

The Center for Colon Cancer Research is hosting its 3rd year of the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program for minority students who have an interest in biomedical research.  This program has been running since May 22nd, and ends on July 28, 2017.  The goal of the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program is for each student to work in a research laboratory related to his or her career interests, and to decide whether a research career is a good fit.  For those students interested in a research career, this program will provide them with information for applying and being accepted to a high-caliber graduate training program.  This Summer experience, along with hard work and good grades, will help the students become highly competitive applicants.

Summer Undergraduate Minority Research students for summer 2017This year, the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program has a total of six students, who are:

  • Josue Banegas from Greenville, SC, who is working with Dr. Doug Pittman in Pharmacy;
  • Zachary Gomez from San Juan, Puerto Rico, working with Dr. Michael Wyatt and Dr. Michael Shtutman in Pharmacy;
  • Sasha Hodge from Kannapolis, NC, working with Dr. Jason Stewart in Biology;
  • Lisette Payero from Aiken, SC, working with Dr. Lydia Matestic in Biology;
  • Amani Rashad from Fayetteville, NC, working with Dr. Mythreye Karthikeyan in Chemistry and Biochemistry;
  • Austin White from Rock Hill, SC, working with Dr. Jim Carson in Public Health.