NEW BRUNSWICK -The Renaissance Community Development Corporation Credit Union (CDCU) will again lend its support to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s (RWJUH), The Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s (CINJ) and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s (UMDNJ-RWJMS) annual free prostate cancer screening program by donating proceeds it raises from its Sept. 15 Bike-A-Thon.
The free prostate cancer screenings will take place on Sept. 18, 19 and 20 at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) on Little Albany Street in New Brunswick. The screenings are open to men between 40-75 years of age. To make an appointment, call 1-888-MD-RWJUH. For more information, call 1-732-247-2050.
This year’s Bike-A-Thon takes place on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine. The start and finish is the Renaissance Credit Union parking lot, 55 Fuller Street in Somerset. The event features a 30 and 50 mile ride for experienced cyclists, a 10-mile ride for the casual biker and 3-mile walk/ride in Colonial Park for children ages 5-12 (adults must walk during the fun walk/ride). The advance registration fee is $45 (on-site registration on the day of the event is $55). Prizes will be awarded to the biker and team that raise the most money. For a registration package and additional information, contact the Renaissance CDCU at 1-732-247-6883 or visit www.renaissancecdcu.com or www.Active.com. Last year, Renaissance CDCU donated $1,000 that it raised from the bike-a-thon to support RWJ and CINJ’s annual prostate cancer screening campaign.
“We are honored to have the Renaissance Community Development Corporation Credit Union choose us as a beneficiary of their Bike-A-Thon,” says Mariam Merced, Director of the Community Health Promotions Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, which provides the free screenings each year in partnership with CINJ and UMDNJ-RWJMS. “Not only do groups like the CDCU provide essential funding to help us provide the screenings, but they serve as key partners who spread the word and help deliver our message to many more men in our community than we could reach on our own.”
The annual free prostate cancer screening program is offered to men between the ages of 40 and 75 from New Brunswick and its surrounding communities during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September. The program screens hundreds of men annually and was recognized by the Health Care Research Education Trust, earning an Honorable Mention Community Outreach Award in 2010. Last year, the program provided free screenings to a record 711 men. Since the program’s inception in 1997, approximately 4,000 men have been screened.
Last year’s record number of individuals screened followed an aggressive outreach campaign that included promoting the screenings at community events, working with community partners such as churches and local barbershops and organizations like the Renaissance CDCU to spread the word, media outreach, radio advertising, public service announcements and direct mail.
Renaissance CDCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. Renaissance CDCU was the second State chartered Credit Union in New Jersey. The Credit Union was chartered in 1996 as an extension of the First Baptist Community Development Corporation. Renaissance Community Development Credit Union is based on a “Common Bond,” we serve several segments of the community: those who live, work, worship or attend school within the Renaissance Target Area. This area covers parts of Franklin Township and New Brunswick. In June 2001 the U.S. Treasury Department certified Renaissance CDCU as a Community Development Financial Institution. The CDCU’s mission is “To be the primary financial institution for our members; providing a wide range of high quality financial services in the most cost effective manner.”