Perry Watts

Perry Watts


Say hello to my Grandpa. His name is Perry Watts and today (2 March) is his birthday. He would have turned 128 years old. Instead, he died of colorectal cancer at age 75 when I was 4 years old. As young as I was, I remember my Grandpa as a sweet old man. 

This being National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month I think it fitting to remember his birthday on the Chris4Life site. And in keeping with our "love your butt" awareness campaign, I don't doubt my Grandpa loved his. After all, he hauled it, shall we say, with him from Tennessee to Canada to California to Omaha, to mention just a few places he called home throughout his adventurous life.

However, loving your butt and being able to do something about it can be two different things. I can only assume he didn't have the healthcare we have today for nipping it, shall we say, before the cancer got too far. We, on the other hand, do. I've had my colonoscopy. I mean, I love my butt and I plan on hauling it a lot further down the road before I shake my Grandpa's hand, again. 

Love your butt. Haul it in to get scoped out.

Happy birthday, Grandpa.

Terry Kanka,
Director of the Board,
Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation



Are you at Risk For Colorectal Cancer?

  • 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women combined
  • Colonoscopies not only discover cancer, but can also stop cancer
  • 50% of Americans still do not get colonoscopy reimbursement
  • Colon cancer research is still vastly under-funded

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