“My case is pretty rare but I want people to know that this can and DOES happen. I have been blessed with an amazing support system and fantastic doctors. I hope to be around for a very long time to advocate for early screening & detection :).”
— Sarah Roy, Butt-Kicker.
The Bio-K+ Bum Run Team salutes Sarah for her courage and strength during this challenging time. She may not be with us in body on race day but we will all be honouring her determination – we are so grateful to have her as our Ambassador.
Now let’s RUN!
Sarah is our final Bio-K+ Bum Run Ambassador of 2014. She was recently diagnosed with Colon Cancer. This year, CC is preventing her from being with us on race day but she is not letting it stop her from fighting for awareness.
BR: Why did you choose to sign up for the Bio-K+ Bum Run?
SR: In November of 2013 I was diagnosed with Stage II Colon Cancer. I had been having symptoms for over 2 years and finally went to get checked. I feel so blessed to have caught it early and I want to spread the word on the importance of early detection, diligent screening, and debunking stereotypes. Colon cancer isn’t just a disease that affects men and it doesn’t always wait until after you turn 50. Education is key to helping people understand that this shouldn’t be taboo.
BR: What will be your greatest motivation on race day?
SR: My family. I am a wife and mother to three beautiful children (ages 8, 6 and 3) and every step in my journey is propelled by their love and support.
BR: Who or what inspires you on a daily basis?
SR: I have two friends (Jennifer and Stephanie) that fought and won their battles against breast cancer. These beautiful and courageous women fought their battles with grace and poise and I often draw from their strength to push me through my journey.
BR: Do you have a personal mantra?
SR: Not a mantra per se, but I constantly remind myself that my cancer doesn’t define me. It does drive me to be a better, healthier me. I am determined to take everything I have learned and use it to better not only my own life, but that of my family, friends and those I meet along the way.
BR: What do you think will encourage more people to participate in colorectal screening?
SR: People need to understand that testing for colorectal cancer isn’t as horrible as they think it will be. The stigma surrounding “that area” needs to be demolished. A 15 minute exam could save your life.
BR: If your bum could talk, what would it say?
SR: At this point it would probably say “leave me alone”!!! My bum and I are much closer now that we have taken this journey together. I have learned to respect my tushy and listen when it talks to me 😉
BR: You are officially a citizen of Bumnation. Is there anything you want to say to prospective recruits?
SR: Don’t be afraid. Colorectal cancer is one of the most curable and treatable when caught early. Listen to your body. Understand that doctors are not to be feared and a 15 minute test could save your life. Lean on our amazing community for support. You will find that when you open up about YOUR journey that there are so many people that have walked this path before you and want to share their story too.
My case is pretty rare but I want people to know that this can and DOES happen.
I have been blessed with an amazing support system and fantastic doctors. I hope to be around for a very long time to advocate for early screening and detection