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Our annual az oral cancer walk is back!
sat. oct. 21, 2023
7:00am - 9:00AM
Health booths, Kids Activities, Oral Cancer Screenings, Oral Cancer & HPV Education Center, and hear from oral cancer Warriors before spending a super fun day at the phoenix zoo!
7:45AM - Opening Ceremony
8:15am - entry into the zoo
arizona oral cancer walk
Please join us on Sat. October 21 for the
2023 Arizona Oral Cancer Walk!
All proceeds go towards the local Arizona community
& its cancer-related initiatives.
Registration comes with a T-shirt*
& ALL-DAY pass (value = $27) to the Phoenix Zoo!
*Size is guaranteed for those who register by Oct 1, 2023!
Kids age 2 and under will NOT receive a shirt
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history & mission
The Arizona Oral Cancer Walk (AzOCW) was started by Dr. Terrence Yu and a group of dental students in 2008. The first event was held in fall of 2009. With the support of the Arizona Dental Association, the Arizona Academy of General Dentistry, and local dental and dental hygiene schools, the first walk event was held on Saturday, October 25, 2009. It was able to raise over $7000 and increase awareness about oral, head and neck cancer to the community. There were 81 walkers who attended.
Dr. Yu’s vision was to mobilize volunteers and implement a community health initiative that would unite the community, both the dental and the greater public. This union would not only increase the amount of individuals receiving oral cancer screenings, but it would increase education/awareness for this silent killer, promote early detection and diagnosis as well as raise funds for the national initiatives and research.
Today, the mission of the Arizona Oral Cancer Walk is to:
Serve the dental professional community of Arizona by increasing education about the risks for and prevention of oral, head, and neck cancer, as well as the importance of routine oral cancer screenings and biopsy indications.
Serve the greater public community of Arizona by raising awareness about the importance of early screening, detection, and treatment.
Serve individuals who have been diagnosed with oral, head or neck cancer as they navigate through life before, during and after cancer treatment.
2022 committee members
Board of Directors:
Mai-Ly Duong, DMD, MPH, MAEd
Katie Martin, DMD, MPH, MS
Kara Kalamchi, DMD, MPH
Alyssa Holmes, DMD, MPH
Scott Howell, DMD, MPH
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