We are still looking to fill a few more spots on Team Colon Cancer Challenge for the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on Sunday, March 19. A half marathon is a huge achievement, and while it may be daunting to think about running 13.1 miles through Manhattan, this race is so exciting and entertaining the time (and miles) fly by! So if you’re on the fence about whether or not to join us, know that you will not be alone in your apprehension. And you will have a memorable, awesome experience. So go for it!
Our team is comprised of both veteran and novice runners. Today, we introduce you to Dr. Matthew Morrison. Matt has somehow found the time to start running despite working as an ER doctor and we are so grateful that he’s joined us!
“My name is Matt Morrison, and I am an Emergency Medicine doctor in New York; I’m 32, and have been running for a year. As a new runner, my attitude towards a Half-Marathon is best described as Abject Terror, but I have been told it is a manageable goal (and emotion). I am running the NYC Half in honor of my grandmothers, Nancy LoBue and Jean Morrison, both of whom passed from colon cancer.”
Matt’s story reminds us of the critical importance of knowing your family health history. While age 50 is the recommended age to begin regular colon cancer screening with no family history of the disease, those with a family history must be screened earlier. We also know that the rate of early age onset colorectal cancer (in those under age 50) is rapidly increasing every year. And we are not afraid to talk about it.
Our new Protect Your Butt campaign is going to help us spread this message: get smart and get screened. Know your family history. Know your recommended screening age. Know the signs and symptoms. And don’t be afraid to talk about it – to your family, and to your doctor.