Web Extra: Cancer victims find strength in numbers

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The month of March has officially been declared Colorectal Cancer Awareness month for the state by Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

A proclamation was made on March 1, with several cancer victims and survivors coming out in support. 

Get Your Rear In Gear is helping victims of cancer overcome their fear and find strength by hosting events and meetings to talk about their experiences. 

“The colonoscopy itself is not hard there is nothing to be embarrassed about at all,” says Rosetta VanPelt. “The group has helped me realize I am not alone in this fight.” 

VanPelt was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2013. Although still undergoing chemotherapy treatments shes says the group is helping her in her darkest days. 

“It’s important to get screened,” VanPelt says. “I’ve gone through all the possible different types of chemo treatment options available and it still comes back.”

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among men and women. 

“This group is important to me because we all share the same type of disease,” explains VanPelt. “If you’re out there and need to find a group I’d say connect with us on Facebook – we’re in this together.” 

For more information on the group email: arkansas@getyourrearingear.com 

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