We set off on the road to The ButtFolio about a year ago. Ben and I have been best friends for 15 years or so, and both felt that we wanted to do something meaningful. To be completely honest, colon cancer wasn’t even something that came to mind when we were thinking about different causes to support, because it wasn’t something we were even aware existed. Being a Marine vet, and having lost a younger sister to juvenile diabetes in 2010, I had already started researching those topics when Ben came to me about colon cancer. He had lost his grandfather in Germany last year to it, and has a young cousin in Ohio with Lynch syndrome.
I was absolutely blown away by the numbers associated with colon cancer once I started looking into it. How could something this big be such an avoided topic? How could people not know about this, not be shouting about it from the rooftops? Ben and I were even more motivated to act when we started reading about the increasing number of cases in people under 50, who weren’t even considered “at risk” simply because they weren’t considered old enough.
The ButtFolio is our way of lightening the mood a little, in an attempt to get a conversation started. The message we want to convey is that just like everyone has a butt, everyone is at risk. Sure, there are certain factors that can put you at a higher risk than others, but colon cancer doesn’t discriminate. Old, young, black or white, whether you’re the mailman or the President, everyone needs to know the risk factors and get screened. The process may seem a little unappealing, but the reality is that one little checkup could be the difference between finding and removing some polyps, and finding stage 4 colon cancer.
In the ButtFolio, we will be sharing butts of every shape and size, color, age, and background. Some will be colon cancer survivors, some will not. We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response from the community, and this project is something that Ben and I have come to be very proud to share with all of you. Take a moment to check out our crowdfunding campaign at (www.thebuttfolio.com) if you want to read more about the project or make a donation!
In honor of Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day and my brother Jimmy, we will be having our 3rd #Lschat this weekend. It will be the #TweetChatofTheMonth and we’ll be discussing colon cancer. We are very excited to have Dr. Allyson Ocean as our special guest commentator. Dr. Ocean is a medical oncologist and attending physician in gastrointestinal oncology, Solid Tumor Division, at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University; and medical oncologist at The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health. Source: (http://weillcornell.org/aocean). Looking forward to everyone participating and spreading awareness.