Celebrities usually adore the spotlight and the camera. However, they usually have the camera pointed at their face. Not so much for a growing number of “the beautiful people.” More and more stars are using their visibility and their voice to help raise awareness for colon cancer and urging their fans to schedule a colonoscopy.
Country music singers, TV talk show hosts, celebrity doctors, news anchors, NFL football legends and even fashion designers have stepped out of their comfort zone to talk about their own personal experiences with colon cancer in an effort to encourage people to get a colonoscopy.
Apparently, these brave stars aren’t afraid of the camera, no matter where it goes. Katie Couric became one of the first when she actually aired her colonoscopy on “The Today Show.” The loss of her husband to colon cancer prompted her involvement over 10 years ago and she hasn’t stopped since. She recently participated in the “Make the Call” campaign to get New Yorkers to get screened.
Colon cancer survivor Sharon Osbourne, former NFL player Vince Papale, famous physician Dr. Mehmet Oz, Actor Terrence Howard, TV star Judge Judy and fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo are all part of different awareness campaigns. My personal favorite is the Ozzy Osbourne “Colonoscopy Sweepstakes” in which someone actually won a free colonoscopy in New York. I love it. If I’m going to get a colonoscopy, I might as well get a fun weekend in New York out of the deal, right?
On March 6th, country music’s brightest stars entertained at the third annual “Stars Go Blue” concert. Trace Adkins and Exile teamed up with Wade Hayes, a recent colon cancer survivor to raise money for the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Blue Note Fund. The fund was started by musician Charlie Kelley, himself a colon cancer survivor, to provide financial assistance to families dealing with colon cancer. One of the highlights included the auction of blue stools that were hand-painted by the evening’s performers and other Nashville musicians. This year the event raised over $45,000
What unites all of these stars is actually pretty basic. They all experienced colon cancer first hand, or had a loved one who did. So often we place celebrities on a pedestal, or they put themselves there. The truth is that those of us who are “Average Joes” may not look like them on the outside…but the camera never lies when it’s put where the sun doesn’t shine. My colon is just as beautiful as Katie Couric’s, or so my doctor says.
Being famous doesn’t spare you or your loved ones from the disease. But a colon cancer screening just might! If you won’t take my word for it, take theirs.Tags: charlie kelly, colon cancer, colon cancer screening, colonoscopy, country music singers, exile, fashion designers, katie couric, music city, nashville tennessee, Prevention Info, stars go blue, the today show, trace adkins, tv talk show hosts, wade hayes