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Beating cancer one step at a time

Cancer awareness can come in the form of group runs.

“Years ago I always wanted to make a million dollars so eventually, I didn’t make that million but maybe I can save a million with my mouth. Raising awareness for prostate cancer, men’s cancer, whatever it may be and breast cancer.”

Raising cancer awareness is exactly what the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk was all about at the North Augusta Greeneway.

“Anything that supports people who are having to battle on their own something as strenuous as cancer is a great thing. I’m grateful to be a part of it and grateful to see all these people support it,” said Savannah River Site Firefighter Phillip Weathers.

For Weathers, he raises awareness for one particular group, his own.

“The statistics for prostate cancer are staggering. If you heard them this morning, it’s 1 in 9. The chances for a firefighter getting cancer are better than 1 in 5. We want to support cancer events all over the CSRA and raise awareness that firefighters are dying at a much alarming rate.”

Cancer once came knocking on Columbia County Battalion Fire Chief Ray Blessing’s door.

“I was diagnosed in April of 2012 and had surgery in June of 2012 and I’ve been prostate cancer free since 2012. A little over 6 years now,” said Blessing.

After beating cancer, the survivors say the road to totally beating the disease does not stop here and they urge men and women to get tested early.

“Most men get diagnosed with prostate cancer in their 60s, 70s, and 80s. A little bit later in life but like me, there are individuals who get diagnosed very young in their 40s. Who don’t have major health problems and so it’s really important I think for men, especially in their 40s, to get PSA screening. Get their cancer detected early,” encouraged Blessing.

Herring agreed with Blessing and he said, “This is what it’s all about is that awareness to help each other. Find out when you have a problem. Go to the doctor. It doesn’t take the second chance.”

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