Scotty Supporting Nationwide Push to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening by 2018

(New York City) February 28, 2017

Katie Couric, actor Luke Perry, country music artist Craig Campbell and professional race car driver Scott Lagasse, Jr. are coming together on March 1 to promote screening for colon and rectal cancers.

The celebrities will share their personal connections to the disease alongside survivors and medical professionals for the Countdown to 2018, an event being broadcast live from the Hard Rock Cafe Times Square on March 1 from 1-3 PM EST. While in New York, Scotty and others will join in with NASDAQ to ring the closing bell on Wednesday afternoon as well.

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths when men and women are combined, but the disease can often be prevented or detected early through screening. Every March, organizations come together to raise awareness about prevention and screening.

The Countdown to 2018 live broadcast is presented by Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC), the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), an organization co-founded by the ACS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mayo Clinic, The Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, Stand Up To Cancer and Exact Sciences have also collaborated to plan the event.

It will highlight celebrity supporters’ commitment to increasing screening and educate viewers on the importance of screening for colorectal cancer, supporting a shared goal to regularly screen 80% of adults age 50 or older for colorectal cancer by 2018. The NCCRT launched the 80% by 2018 campaign in 2014, and today more than 1,300 organizations across the country have pledged to support this public health goal.

In support of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, FightCRC, and his personal commitment to motivate people to get screened, Scotty is launching his grassroots message “SCREEN YOUR MACHINE” at Sebring International Raceway in the Trans Am Series this upcoming weekend. Scotty is dedicated to this following his victory over colon cancer.

“This has been a humbling experience and now that I am back 100%, I am focused on helping others while being the healthiest I can be. Life is short with no guarantees, please ‘Screen Your Machine’ and hug everyone today,” says Scotty.

The colorectal cancer focus is only one portion of Scott Lagasse Jr.’s “SCREEN YOUR MACHINE” campaign. His overall message is to bring cancer awareness and detection to all people through the massive reach of motorsports. It is an inclusive message for all cancers. However, with March designated as colorectal cancer month nationally, and Scott being a CRC survivor, this takes on special meaning for him.

Follow Along via Facebook Live:

1-2pm- Pre-show “Blue Carpet” broadcast by Mayo Clinic (Facebook.com/MayoClinic) including interviews with Dr. Paul Limburg, Craig
Campbell, Luke Perry, Scott Lagasse, Jr. and Exact Sciences CEO Kevin Conroy

1:45pm- Pre-Show Performance by Craig Campbell

2pm- Katie Couric welcome and interviews with Luke Perry, Anjee Davis and Dr. Rich Wender (Facebook.com/AmericanCancerSociety and Facebook.com/FightCRC)

Scotty's #strongarmselfieWant to join the movement? Here are some ways you can get involved:

  1. You can post a picture on social media showing off your “strong arm” and just use the hashtag #strongarmselfie to support Fight CRC. $1 for each post, share or RT will go to Fight CRC!
  2. Sign the petition at FightCRC.org- This petition will be shared with members of Congress as we ask for their support in removing barriers to screening and supporting colorectal cancer research funding
  3. Share a screening story – tell about your experience of getting screened or why it’s important. Use the hashtag #ScreeningStoryJoin the movement by sharing your story via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Use #StrongArmSelfie

To learn more, visit http://www.FightCRC.org.

About Fight Colorectal Cancer:
Fight CRC is a national nonprofit advocacy organization fighting for a cure. It was founded in 2005 by Nancy Roach, a nationally-recognized patient advocate who witnessed the need for colorectal cancer advocacy after her mother-in-law’s diagnosis. The organization plays an important role in rallying colorectal cancer advocates to action. Fight CRC is known for activism and patient empowerment throughout patient, academic, political, scientific, medical and nonprofit communities. With a mission focused on advocacy, research, patient education and awareness, the organization serves advocates in every state of the U.S. and many others around the world. Fight CRC is a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator and 93 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to colorectal cancer programs. To learn more, visit http://www.FightCRC.org.

About Scott Lagasse Jr.:
Scott Jr. (Scotty) has been a driven individual from an early age, excelling in sports and as a high achiever in school, earning a college degree through the Bright Futures Scholar Program. Scotty’s commitment to excel in racing began at age 7 and includes winning races in motocross, karting, and many forms of auto racing. He is a mentor and role model to our younger generation, an avid cyclist and recognized advocate for Bicycle and Pedestrian safety. Recently, Scotty launched a mission with a focus of saving lives because of his recent fight with cancer. Scotty decided to speak out, and he is now an advocate for FightCRC, and an Ambassador for Stand Up 2 Cancer. He has created his own message as well, “Screen Your Machine.” Scott Jr. is combining his passion for saving lives with his goal of winning races. Using his platform as a professional racecar driver, Scott will strive to motivate people everywhere to be screened for cancer of all types. please visit teamslr.com. Keep up to date with Scotty by following him on Twitter: @scottlagasse FACEBOOK: /scottlagassejr

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