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HOME TOWN: Richmond Hill
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BR: Can you tell us about your affiliation with CCAC?
MT: I met Filomena with the CCAC through a mutual friend. This organization isamazing! They help me, educate me, and most importantly, support me through this journey of mine.
BR: What message do you want the world to know about Colon Cancer?
MT: Colon Cancer is 90% preventable if detected early. So do your part and get a colonoscopy because this cancer is treatable & beatable!
BR: Do you have a personal mantra?
MT: I have a lot to live for. I have two beautiful kids. My son is going to University in the Fall for medicine, and my daughter will be starting high school in the Fall as well. I need to be around for them – to see their accomplishments and to help guide them. My husband and I hope to buy a house on the lake one day and grow old together.
BR: Have you been part of the Balanse Bum Run before?
MT: No, I have not been part of the Balanse Bum Run before but I am looking forward to it and am participating with family and friends.
BR: How would you characterize your running skills on a scale of “Homer Simpson Beginner” to “Tazmanian Devil Speed Demon”?
MT: I’m not an advocate runner but I do like to take long walks with my husband.
BR: What do you think will encourage more people to participate in colorectal screening?
MT: This is not an “old person’s disease.” If you are having any types of symptoms – go and have yourself checked. This is what saved me – a colonoscopy.
BR: If your bum could talk, what would it say?
MT: “If you want me to stick behind you – make sure you do your screening tests!”
BR: You are officially a citizen of #BumNation. Is there anything you want to say to prospective Balanse Bum Run recruits?
MT: This is an amazing campaign to make people aware of this disease. Together, we need to tell people our stories so that they don’t think they are alone in fighting this. We are a group of strong individuals of all ages!