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"It's been hard on the family, but he's been fighting the good fight," says Kelley. "It hit home the importance of getting tested and getting a colonoscopy, cause it is preventable. It's been an eye-opening experience for our family."
Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States, and is expected to take almost 52,000 lives this year alone. One reason those numbers are so high: It's a risk many tend to ignore.
"People don't like to talk about it," says President of Fight Colo-rectal Cancer Carlea Bauman. "It's not the sexy cancer. Not that any is, but it's not the one that gets a lot of attention, so to get someone with name recognition and such a beautiful family willing to come forward and say we've been affected by this disease and everyone needs to get screened, is a huge help to the cause."
Charles says he's hopeful that being a small part of this awareness campaign will mean a lot more people get screened, so that no one has to go through what his family has.
"Anytime, as a band, our platform can help, even if one or 2 encourages them to get checked, it can be a positive thing," says Kelley.
The PSA, featuring Charles Kelley and his family, will start airing nationwide in March, which is Colo-rectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Monday, November 5 2012, 04:20 PM CST
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
Porsche tops in annual survey of vehicle quality
DETROIT (AP) -- Porsche is the top performer in an annual survey of new vehicle quality.
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