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Get Your Rear in Gear: March 13, 2012

Colorectal cancer surgeon Janette Gaw hopes people will get behind her cause.

“It’s called Get Your Rear in Gear. It is a national run.”

On March 24th, Southwest Florida hosts a 5K run to benefit colorectal cancer, a disease that’s largely curable if caught.

“The good news about colonoscopies is that it can actually prevent cancers. If you have a colonoscopy you take out the polyps, technically you should not develop colon cancer,” says Dr. Gaw.

In this day and age, not everyone has insurance or can afford to pay for a colonoscopy. That’s why some of the proceeds from this race go towards leveling the playing field.

“There’s a lot of people out there that need this kind of help,” says John Cook.,
John being one of them. In 2007 he was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer. He is supposed to get annual colonoscopies now but money is tight.

“Blood tests is all I was really getting because I didn’t have insurance and I couldn’t afford to get scans,” says Cook.

A nurse suggested he seek a grant from the Get Your Rear in Gear proceeds.

“It had been two years since I had one and she said I’ll send you these forms you can apply for it,” says Cook.

John got the grant, underwent the colonoscopy, and got the all clear he was hoping for.

“The follow up is important because you want to know.”

He takes nothing in stride but later this month runners will as they take race to help others get a leg up.