A race took place in the heart of Wichita Sunday. The goal? To raise awareness of colon cancer.
74-year-old Gary Fry has experienced colon cancer not once but twice.
And they were off, hundreds of runners and walkers, some with a connection to colon cancer, including Gary Fry. He says he walks to help spread awareness and make people think about their health.
“I think it’s wonderful and I just wish that everyone had a colonoscopy or did something to get checked,” said Gary Fry, Wichita.
Fry says his mother motivated him to be checked because she did not survive it.
And after noticing symptoms at 44 years old, a doctor found it already at stage 3. He says he’s lucky to be alive.
“It was already stage 3, if I had waited any longer, I wouldn’t have made it at all,” said Fry.
Fry says it came back at stage 1 and he survived again. He monitors it regularly, along with his two daughters. He says he’s so grateful to be able to witness them through life’s greatest moments.
“My first goal was to be alive when my oldest daughter graduated from high school and I got to see her graduate,” said Fry.
And wants others to be able to do the same through early detection and understanding.
Fry says most of the friends he met through treatment did not make it and he is so thankful to be alive and be able to walk this event year after year.