Jul 05, 2010 - 9:15 am
Yesterday, I participated in the 2010 Peachtree Road Race 10K in Atlanta. I took advantage of the fact that I was going to be surrounded by 55,000 people and turned myself into a living, breathing billboard about Anal Cancer. I have added a pic taken of me prior to the race. The front of my shirt says "Anal Cancer is a Real Pain in the Butt." The back of it said "I run in Memory of Tony, Farrah, Kathy, Cooper and in Honor of All Anal Cancer Survivors and Warriors--2010 Estimates are 5260 New Cases and 720 Deaths--This Disease Kills!--Anal Cancer is a Real Pain in the Butt!
I got lots of looks and hopefully got people thinking about this disease. I had several people come up to me and give me high fives for my efforts at raising awareness of anal cancer. I really think this is the only way that our disease is going to get the attention it deserves. Granted, the numbers are low when compared with other diseases. But when it happens to you or someone you love, numbers just don't matter.