Lafayette Hill teenager to take part in national cancer awareness campaign

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LAFAYETTE HILL — Sarah MacLeod, 17, will be one of 12 people featured in a new awareness campaign launched on the National Mall in Washington, DC in March, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. MacLeod is an advocate for the national advocacy group Fight Colorectal Cancer.

The “Fight for More” campaign featuring MacLeod emphasizes what the colorectal cancer community needs “more,” especially from lawmakers. MacLeod’s photo and story will appear on outdoor digital signs next to the first-ever colorectal cancer facility in DC with more than 27,000 blue flags representing expected cases of colorectal cancer in people under 50 if something does not change.

MacLeod lost her father, John, to colorectal cancer when she was just 14 years old. John was an outspoken ambassador and later board member of Fight Colorectal Cancer before his passing in 2019. Sarah is pursuing his vision. The MacLeods put a face to the disease and show why the status quo is not acceptable – we need to do more to save lives. In addition to his photo appearing in the National Mall from March 13-18, 2022, his story will be featured on the Fight CRC Facebook page.

“Although he’s gone, I want to keep talking and sharing my dad’s story,” MacLeod said. “I want to share my story. My father was on a mission to eradicate colorectal cancer, and I intend to continue on that path.

Although it is a preventable cancer with early detection and a cancer that can be treated and defeated if detected early, colorectal cancer is currently the second most common cancer killer. Young cases are also on the rise, and colorectal cancer is estimated to be the leading cause of cancer death among 20 to 49 year olds over the next eight years if nothing changes. MacLeod has dedicated a year of volunteering to Fight CRC to use his story to raise awareness of signs and symptoms, educate people about testing options, push policy makers to allocate more research funds, and support the plan for search for Fight CRC, Path to a Cure. .

“This year, we’re heading to the National Mall to draw attention to colorectal cancer and ask our legislators to advocate, support and prioritize colorectal cancer,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight CRC. “Our ambassador stories will put a face to current issues and show why we need urgent action now.”

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