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A grieving caregiver's message about early detection

Laurie Abbott (on the right)

Laurie Abbott's husband, Ward, lost his fight with colorectal cancer — and this experience has inspired her to become an advocate for early detection.

"Ward found out a year after his diagnosis that 5 family members on his paternal side had died of colorectal or bowel cancer," Laurie says. "My sister-in-law and nephews will continue to be screened because of this."

Now, Laurie is a volunteer fundraiser with the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life and an advocate for early detection. Laurie's message to other Canadians is simple: know your family history and don't let embarrassment prevent you from talking about colorectal cancer with your doctor.

Colorectal cancer screening tests can prevent cancer by detecting polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous.

We are grateful that Laurie continues to fight back as a leadership volunteer with Winnipeg's Relay for Life committee. Find out how you can fight back as a volunteer fundraiser with Relay For Life.