Gastrointestinal Associates launches 50th anniversary fundraiser to benefit American Cancer Society

March 9, 2021

Gastrointestinal Associates (GIA), one of the Southeast’s leading GI practices, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in March. In honor of this major milestone that coincides with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, GIA is launching a fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society.

“For 50 years, Gastrointestinal Associates has pursued the goals of our founders to bring compassionate, modern gastrointestinal care to our region,” CEO Jeff Dew said. “We sincerely thank our patients, employees, community and health care partners for helping us reach this mark. Consider supporting us in our efforts to end colon cancer by donating to American Cancer Society.”

Funds raised through this effort will go directly to research and support for colon cancer.

The American Cancer Society funds research, promotes healthy lifestyles and provides educational support to those who have been touched by cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. among men and women combined.

The need for support has been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused an estimated 1.7 million missed screenings as patients delayed routine medical care. Screening tests can find cancer early when it may be easier to treat.

GIA is also offering free virtual colon cancer education sessions for the community upon request.

“Now is the time to support colon cancer research and also urge those in your life to continue their regular screenings. Together, we can improve outcomes in our community for another 50 years,” Dew said.

For information about GIA’s 50th anniversary and links to donate to American Cancer society, visit or donate directly at

About Gastrointestinal Associates

Gastrointestinal Associates is one of the Southeast’s leading GI practices and is the only GI practice in Knoxville that operates three licensed and certified endoscopic ambulatory surgery centers, which are located in the north, central and west areas of Knoxville and Knox County. For more information, visit