On April 13, 2016, Gale Fritsche, the Local Event Director of Tour de Tush – Allentown, hosted a conference at East Stroudsburg University in Bethlehem, PA. The conference was titled “Diagnosis = Colon Cancer, Helping Patients Cope… A Conference for Future Medical Professionals”. The event was paid for by a grant from the Colon Cancer Coalition through money raised at 2015’s Tour de Tush – Allentown.
The conference was designed to educate future medical professionals about colon cancer, as well as how to care for and assist patients through and after treatment. Sixty-five nursing students, nurses, and doctors attended from six regional colleges and universities. Speakers included colorectal surgeon Dr. David Bub, and oncologist Dr. Usman Shah, who both focused on the often forgotten emotional side of treating patients. There was also a panel discussion made up of three survivors (Gale Fritsche, Michael Gray, and Don Jacobs) and facilitated by Dr. Laura Waters, Chair of the Nursing Department at East Stroudsburg University.
“Diagnosis = Colon Cancer” was free for attendees and included dinner and drinks. Each participant also received a book authored by Dr. David Bub titled “100 Questions & Answers About Colorectal Cancer”. The conference was a huge success, and many of the nursing faculty expressed that the event should be held annually as it proved valuable in the education of future medical professionals.
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