2022 has been an amazing year for CheckIt4Andretti.org! John Andretti’s life and legacy continues to motivate and inspire his family, friends and fans to help those in need. Since achieving 501c3 status in March of 2021, CheckIt4Andretti has established partnerships with NorthEast Digestive Health and The Free and Charitable Clinics of North Carolina.
Through our unique model, uninsured or underinsured patients in need of screening colonoscopies are identified and pre-qualified through The Free and Charitable Clinics of NC. They are then referred to NE Digestive Health who have partnered with #CI4A to provide 10 colonoscopies as a charitable donation. NE Digestive Health then provided additional colonoscopies, paid for by the CheckIt4Andretti Charitable Foundation.
The partnership began in March 2022-Colon Cancer Awareness Month and John Andretti’s birthday month! This crucial charitable model has already positively impacted many lives. Community Care Clinic of Rowan County has been the primary source of referrals so far. Because need is great and the model is working so well, plans are being made to expand in NC and Indiana in the upcoming year.
Fundraising has been fun, creative and successful in 2022! CI4A helped kick off the month of May by forming a CheckIt4Andretti team to run the Mini Indy. The Sprout Therapeutic Riding Center included CheckIt4Andretti as a charitable recipient at their Gala on October 5. The Cars and Cigars Event with DC Prime on November 5 brought together car enthusiasts, family, friends and board members for a memorable time. Andretti Indoor Karting and Games graciously continued their round-up campaign with CheckIt4Andretti as the beneficiary and remains a mainstay of our fundraising. Of course, individual donors continue to also be a major part of our fundraising efforts.
Through our partnerships and fundraising efforts, CheckIt4Andretti has not only been able to provide colonoscopies free of charge, we’ve also begun to fund our endowment. This will ensure that John’s legacy keeps giving hope through screening colonoscopies far into the future.
So here’s a look at 2022:
March 11, 2022 Partnership agreement signed with Dr. Vinay Patel from NE Digestive Health
56 Patients referred from Free Clinic (26 not medically qualified for screening at outpatient surgery center. We are making in roads to partner with a hospital to be able to treat these cases.)
30 Total Colonoscopies Performed
10 Colonoscopies Donated by NE Digestive Health
20 Colonoscopies Paid for by CI4A
1 Cancer Detected
Moving Forward: 2023 and beyond
2022 has been an amazing year, but #CI4A is just getting started! In 2023 we resolve to raise more awareness, expand the Foundation’s reach to other regions and increase fundraising so that to save lives through colon cancer screening can be realized. That’s John’s legacy and CheckIt4Andretti’s mission.