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"It's been hard on the family, but he's been fighting the good fight," says Kelley. "It hit home the importance of getting tested and getting a colonoscopy, cause it is preventable. It's been an eye-opening experience for our family."
Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States, and is expected to take almost 52,000 lives this year alone. One reason those numbers are so high: It's a risk many tend to ignore.
"People don't like to talk about it," says President of Fight Colo-rectal Cancer Carlea Bauman. "It's not the sexy cancer. Not that any is, but it's not the one that gets a lot of attention, so to get someone with name recognition and such a beautiful family willing to come forward and say we've been affected by this disease and everyone needs to get screened, is a huge help to the cause."
Charles says he's hopeful that being a small part of this awareness campaign will mean a lot more people get screened, so that no one has to go through what his family has.
"Anytime, as a band, our platform can help, even if one or 2 encourages them to get checked, it can be a positive thing," says Kelley.
The PSA, featuring Charles Kelley and his family, will start airing nationwide in March, which is Colo-rectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Monday, November 5 2012, 05:18 PM CST