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My husband, Peter and I are working together this year asking for your support. We will be remembering my father, Clifford and my brother, John as we participate in the Get Up There (GUT) for Colorectal Cancer challenge on March 2, at Ski Wentworth. We are choosing to honour their memories by helping to save others from the tragedy of this devastating disease. Contributions to GUT will help Nova Scotian families prevent and treat colorectal cancer.
For the last 10 years, GUT has raised over $300,000.00 net. It funded the promotion of the home screening (poop) kits that were sent to everyone in the province over the age of 50, as well as the purchase of a transanal endoscopic microsurgery set. This year GUT is trying to bring a leading non-invasive treatment (colorectal brachytherapy) to the QEII to help improve outcomes for colorectal patients.
My father passed away in 2013. John died three years and one day later. Without early detection, I might have lost two more brothers.
When my father was diagnosed, he was advised to tell his siblings and children to have a colonoscopy. One of my brothers did so immediately, and that early procedure may have saved his life. John, was told to wait because he was too young, and had no symptoms. It took three requests..... My healthy, non-smoking, athletic brother was diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer, and died within two years of that diagnosis. He might be alive today if he'd had a colonoscopy when he'd first asked for it. Because of his diagnosis, another brother who had delayed making the appointment due to embarrassment, discovered that one of his polyps was pre-cancerous. We could have lost him as well had he waited much longer!.
Colorectal cancer is called a silent killer (John asked his doctor if he was sure he really had cancer- that's how well he felt when he was first diagnosed). It is also 90% preventable if detected early. Please use those home screening kits, and please don't put off testing because you are embarrassed or because you don't have symptoms. You really can save your own life!
Thank you for your support
Suzanne and Peter
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