Ron y Lechon Restaurant at 7512 Broadway was the site of a Happy Hour fundraiser for Fight CRC, an organization supporting research, treatment, and prevention of colorectal cancer.
The restaurant’s owners, Hector Zulueta and Armando Galis-Menendez, donated to the cause a portion of all proceeds between 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018. The Cuban-themed establishment has hosted fundraising activities for other charities in the past but this was their first for Fight CRC, held during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Mayor Wayne Zitt was one of the key supporters of the event, joined by North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, and numerous local officials and residents.
Also present was Bob Ceragno, owner of Eye Contact Vision Center on Bergenline Ave. A survivor of colorectal cancer and active advocate for Fight CRC, Ceragno was recently honored with a proclamation from the Township of North Bergen for raising tens of thousands of dollars for Fight CRC. Ceragno helped organize the event.
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among both men and women. It is expected to cause about 50,630 deaths during 2018.
Regular colorectal cancer screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to prevention, since screenings may detect abnormal precancerous growths and can also find early stages of cancer, when there is a greater chance that treatment will be most effective and lead to a cure.