Royal Columbian Hospital gastroenterologist Dr. Justin Cheung, Lui Passaglia, philanthropist Jack Gin and Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation Chair Doug Eveneshen

A fundraising campaign with football Hall of Famer Lui Passaglia has reached the end zone with the purchase of a new pediatric colonoscope for Royal Columbian.

Photo: Royal Columbian Hospital gastroenterologist Dr. Justin Cheung, Lui Passaglia, philanthropist Jack Gin and Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation Chair Doug Eveneshen.

A campaign to support colon cancer screening at Royal Columbian involving a football Hall of Famer has reached the end zone with the purchase of a new pediatric colonoscope for the hospital’s gastrointestinal clinic.

Former BC Lions player Lui Passaglia teamed up with philanthropist Jack Gin and Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation in 2017 for the Get Behind Lui campaign, an effort to raise money for the tool that is considered the gold standard screening method for colorectal cancer. The Jack Gin Foundation matched donations during the campaign.

The pediatric colonoscope is thinner and more flexible than a regular colonoscope and can be a better choice for some adults.

Lui was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2013 and was subsequently treated for stage 3 colon cancer. He’s now hoping others will recognize how regular screening can save lives.

Royal Columbian Hospital is a major referral centre for screening and treating colorectal cancer.


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