Washington Wizard Andre Miller new spokesman for colon cancer prevention


By Endonurse.com

ALEXANDRIA, Va.— Washington Wizards basketball player Andre Miller is stepping up his philanthropic game this holiday season. The 6’2″ point guard is taking colorectal cancer screening to new heights. He is joining the charity Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) as a national spokesman. As his first move, he will host a FIT test challenge where a $25 donation will send a free take-home colon cancer screening test to someone in need. Miller plans to match donations given toward the campaign.

“I want people to find out how preventable colon cancer is through proper screening,” Miller said. “This (FIT test challenge) is just one way to encourage people to get screened.”

Miller is committing to the cause due to his personal connection with the disease. His longtime family friend, Michell Baker, an advocate and champion for the cause, lost her father to colon cancer in 2008. Miller and Baker both wanted to do something to ensure others didn’t face the same loss from a preventable cancer. In addition to Baker’s father, Miller also honors a former teammate, Lari Ketner, who passed away from the disease at age 37 in October.

Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., and 23 million Americans have yet to be screened. As an African American male, Miller will also speak into the black community—where incidence and mortality rates of colorectal cancer are the highest.

“I hope my influence will increase awareness in the black community, and prompt people to get screened,” said Miller. “We currently have a higher incidence and mortality rate and that just shouldn’t be. There are multiple screening options available, so just pick one and get screened!”

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