In December of 2020, Dwayne Coleman was recognized with stage III colorectal most cancers at age 55. A father and avid hiker, Coleman and his son Michael determined to take their shared love for the outside and use it to assist others preventing the illness. Final August they each hosted their very own native climbs for Climb for a Treatment, a nationwide occasion organized by advocacy group Combat Colorectal Most cancers (Combat CRC) that raises consciousness and funds with group climbs throughout the U.S. This week, they plan to take part once more the identical means they did final yr—2,000 miles aside.
“My most cancers remains to be very recent in my thoughts,” Coleman informed Combat CRC. “As a result of the most cancers surgical procedure and coverings robbed me of my good well being for a stable yr, I’m nonetheless struggling to get again in form. However regardless of all that I’ve been via, I’m decided to Climb for a Treatment.”
On August 6, Coleman will host a 3.6-mile out-and-back hike close to Tyro, Va., whereas Michael will host once more in Bozeman, Montana, in honor of his father’s battle with most cancers. Their hikes are two of 12 Climb for a Treatment occasions. Proceeds will go in direction of analysis and spreading consciousness of colorectal most cancers.
“I’m taking part in Climb for a Treatment as a method to show to myself and others that I’m not going to let my diagnoses cease me from residing my life to the fullest,” stated Coleman.
Combat CRC has been working to advocate for and empower sufferers battling colorectal most cancers since 2005. They supply knowledgeable affected person help, increase funds, work on analysis, and advocate for impactful coverage adjustments. This yr marks Combat CRC’s seventh yr internet hosting Climb for a Treatment.
“For a lot of, colorectal most cancers is the most important mountain they may ever face,” Combat CRC states on their fundraising web page. “Climb for a Treatment is a chance to heal and battle alongside a neighborhood of champions.”
Whether or not you have an interest in making a donation, becoming a member of an area climb, or studying extra about methods to get entangled, go to FightCRC.org.
Cowl photograph of Dwayne Colemen (left) courtesy of Elizabeth Fisher of Combat CRC.