8th Annual Unmasking Colon Cancer Gala

 

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TdadOlivia Offuso running a marathonhis past weekend, colon cancer awareness advocate Olivia Affuso ran the Lake Martin 100 mile endurance run in memory of her father, who died of colorectal cancer.  Olivia's father, Mr. Stanley Dean Hampton, Sr was a husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend.  His kindness and generosity were legendary in Orangeburg County where he was born.  Mr. Stanley, as many referred to him, would do whatever he could to help another person.  He was a servant to mankind even after his diagnosis of terminal colon cancer. 

Mr. Stanley used his illness as a platform to spread the word about the importance of colon cancer screenings.  He passed out flyers and talked to everyone he met about the fact that colon cancer is preventable and curable if found early.  Mr. Stanley wanted to save as many lives as possible even after his death.  One of his last wishes was to have the message of colon cancer screenings given at his memorial service.  And indeed this last effort saved a life.  His best friend gave the eulogy that day and soon after made an appointment for a screening.  He too had colon cancer but it was in the early stages and curable.  Many were grateful for Mr. Stanley's benevolence.

In addition to being an Orangeburg County Sheriff's Deputy and a Deacon in his church, Mr. Stanley was a passionate outdoorsman.  He loved hunting, fishing, gardening and raising small animals.  Mr. Stanley Dean Hampton, Sr. is missed by his family and friends. 

Lori Ann North

This past summer, a brave woman lost her fight against colon cancer.  Mrs. Lori Ann North was an incredibly caring, giving woman who dedicated her time to helping those around her.   She was known to always have a kind word for others, a hug for those who needed it, or a kind deed for those who were less fortunate.  With regards to her passion in life- the rescue of homeless animals- Lori dedicated countless hours towards her fundraising efforts on behalf of Pets Incorporated for animal shelters.  She also worked with Pawmetto Lifeline rescuing homeless pets.  When Mrs. North was diagnosed with colon cancer, she was determined not to let her illness overshadow the upcoming wedding of her daughter, Hope.  She stayed strong during planning of the wedding, and remained vibrant and energetic on the big day.  Unfortunately, Lori succumbed to her illness six weeks later, at age 50.  Lori’s beloved husband, Joe, continues the fight against colon cancer.  In her name, he has raised thousands of dollars in support of USC's Center for Colon Center Research and its research and outreach programs.