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Cancer Survivor Spreads Awareness

Cancer Survivor Spreads Awareness

ITHACA (WENY) --  An Elmira colon cancer survivor is using his journey with the disease to spread awareness about the importance of screening.

54-year-old Jeffrey Rosenberg found out he had colon cancer in January.  Rosenberg says he was always active and kept a healthy diet, so he was very surprised to learn the news.

His softball teammates knew they wanted to so something to support him, so they started wearing and selling colon cancer awareness patches.  Some of the proceeds go to Rosenberg, and another portion goes to the Colon Cancer Alliance.

"Get tested, do a colonoscopy, do any form of test," warns Rosenberg. "Whether you have pain or don't have pain...everybody as we age, we need to get checked out."

Rosenberg has already gone through seven rounds of chemotherapy treatment, and still has has a handful left.  His goal is to be back on the softball field by this time next year.

To get more information about screening and colon cancer prevention, go to http://www.ccalliance.org/ .

And to find out how to purchase a patch or make a donation, go to http://leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=ithacasoftball .