Join Me! Fight Colon Cancer! Take Part in 2016 Get Your Rear In Gear 5K Run/Walk
All of this came about when my friend, Jenny Yu came to me with a call to action in early March this year. She's leading a group to organize a race in the city to fundraise for colon cancer research and prevention, and wanted me to join. The race is happening, Sunday, July 10th, 2016.
It was just last year that I attended her father's funeral. Eddie Kwan Ho Yu died of colon cancer leaving behind a wife, four daughters, a son, and two grandchildren at the age of 68. This loss reminded me all too well how hard it was to lose my dad to the same silent beast we know as cancer.
My father, Tho Vinh Tran, passed away at 60, when I was a junior in high school. He complained about finding blood in his stool, and had a sudden loss of appetite. I remember him getting thinner in the last year of his life. It all happened so quickly. I was told that my father had kidney cancer that spread to his lungs. We had less than a month with him after he was diagnosed.
Now looking back, he could have easily been afflicted with colon cancer. For those unfamiliar, colorectal cancer is the development of cancer from the colon or rectum. Classic warning signs include: worsening constipation, blood in stool, decrease in stool caliber (thickness), loss of appetite, loss of weight, and nausea or vomiting in those over 50 years of age. These symptoms may seem harmless, but left untreated leads to an incurable disease. That is way preventative screenings and early treatment can be effective.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), "colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States." It is also "the third leading cause of death" - with a slightly higher rate in men than women. In this year alone, it is estimated that 49,190 deaths will occur, according to ACS. Put a face to this number and it could be a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, a son, a daughter, a nephew, a niece, or any myriad of lineage, nonetheless, a part of your inner circle.
This is why I'm participating in the 2016 Get Your Rear In Gear 5K Run/Walk, an event that benefits the Colon Cancer Coalition to build funds for research in prevention, early detection and treatment for this disease. This race is about bringing awareness to how colon cancer is affecting the lives of so many of us around the world, especially for those diagnosed with the disease. It is also a celebration for the survivors. Every year there are more who beat the battle with the help of early preventative screenings, polyp removal, and early treatment.
Come JOIN ME in this race to walk or run, and if you can't be there physically, I hope that you can donate to support the cause in spirit! Just click on the button that says "Donate Now." My team is All About That Bass! You know you care about that "boom boom," so take some action! Thanks!