Why do we March?
March to Get Screened (MTGS) was created with a vision to raise colon cancer awareness. Throughout the years, it has been developed to provide research and education, free colonoscopy screenings, and financial assistance.
MTGS was founded by Jan Pratt, a 35 year-old, two-time cancer survivor. In 2002, Jan began her journey with an illness disguised as a lingering cold. At the time, 50 years was the recommended age to get screened, but her circumstances warranted an exception. Despite her incredibly young age, Jan was at risk since colon cancer ran in her family history.
Jan visited Borland Groover, a gastroenterology clinic in Northeast, Florida, where she was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. They discovered two ping-pong sized tumors and cancer spreading to her colon wall. As a result, she required maximum chemotherapy and radiation. After a devastating battle with colon cancer, Jan survived.
Unexpectedly, one year later, a customary T-Scan revealed that cancer had spread to her lungs. Jan was in battle for the second time; however this time, Jan defeated cancer.
In the midst of her terrifying journey, Jan realized the necessity to raise awareness. She knew that colon cancer was preventable, if detected early.
To this day, Jan remains cancer free and hopes her story inspires others to get screened. She believes that promoting colonoscopy screenings could save a life and is committed to raising awareness through March to Get Screened.