WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the Colon Cancer Alliance, the nation's leading colon cancer patient advocacy organization, announced the appointment of Eric Hargis as CEO. Hargis brings more than 30 years of relevant leadership experience in national health organizations to his new role.
"Our Board of Directors and executive staff selected Eric after a nationwide search. As a seasoned executive, his strong leadership abilities, history in strategically growing health organizations and passion for our mission make him the right candidate to take our organization to the next level and move our mission forward," says Jasmine Greenamyer, Colon Cancer Alliance COO.
Hargis joins the Colon Cancer Alliance after serving as the Executive Director for the National Parent Teacher Association. Prior to the National PTA, Hargis served as CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, COO of the Arthritis Foundation and Director of Development for the American Diabetes Association. Hargis has a proven track record of being a transformational leader, specifically leading nonprofit organizations through strategic growth plans. Nationally, Hargis has successfully led the development of numerous programs, partnerships, events and fundraising initiatives.
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the Colon Cancer Alliance, an organization that is directly saving lives," says Hargis. "The foundation has already been laid: more people than ever before know they need to get screened, but yet, colon cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and it shouldn't be. Through early detection and lifesaving screening, we can fulfill our mission to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. I'm committed to this organization and know that with the support of our Board of Directors, staff, sponsors and volunteers, we can save more lives than ever before."
Hargis graduated with a degree from the University of San Diego. He lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.
The Colon Cancer Alliance's mission is to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. This mission is being accomplished by championing prevention, funding cutting-edge research and providing the highest quality patient support services. Learn more at ccalliance.org.
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CONTACT: Colleen Pyra (949) 554-4098 email@example.comSource:Colon Cancer Alliance