SHERIDAN — Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation recently received a gift to help provide cancer screening and early detection for community members in need. The $6,500 came from Dana’s Hope, a local nonprofit.

Dana Arney Dent, the organization’s founder, delivered the contribution along with a group of friends and family Dec. 23.

Dana’s Hope began in 2011 after Dent faced her journey with colon cancer at a young age. Once she successfully completed her treatment, she was determined to share her message with the Sheridan community through an event called the Bottom’s Up Bash.

“Colon cancer is a preventable disease and curable if caught early,” she said. “In the past, colon cancer has been one of those health issues you never want to talk about. For me, it became my mission to make sure people were talking about it and doing something too. There are screening guidelines in place. People also have a responsibility to talk with their doctors if they notice changes or have a specific concern.”

According to the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, everyone is at risk for colon cancer. Colon cancer occurs most often in men and women age 50 and older, though 10% of cases (and growing) are in people younger than 50. Timely screenings save lives. Colon cancer usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. Screening finds polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests also find colon cancer early when it is most treatable.

Hospital Foundation Director of Donor Relations Ada Kirven spoke about the hospital efforts to help those in need of screening.

“For two years our Link-Partners in Pink event has raised funds specifically to help those with special financial needs access all kinds of cancer screening,” Kirven said. “Screenings include breast, colon, lung, prostate and others. We encourage our patients to call one of the hospital’s financial advocates to see how to qualify and access these funds. These efforts are a pivotal step in taking health care into your own hands. No one should feel they can’t afford to have a screening, and our community, business sponsors, and racers have made funding for screening a top priority.”