Colorectal Cancer Screening Surprise

Huntingdon, PA (03/4/2016) – March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and local resident Jerry Kruse had no idea that his scheduled colonoscopy screening would include a celebration. National Dress in Blue Day, promoting awareness of the fight against colorectal cancer, was Friday, March 4, and Kruse woke up in J.C. Blair’s Endoscopy Department to a gift of blue iced sugar cookies after his procedure. J.C. Blair’s Endoscopy staff gave cookies to all colonoscopy patients on Friday, thanking them for taking the most important step in early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer.

Kruse was pleased to share his experience. “We thought it was important from the health education perspective, but also from the perspective of promoting our local hospital,” said Kruse, who decided with his wife Lisa to share his story. “The attentiveness and friendliness of the staff, from our office visit at Huntingdon Gastroenterology Associates through the procedure at J.C. Blair today, has been outstanding.”

When asked what motivated him to have the screening, Kruse, 52, said he knew about the importance of screening for colon cancer for those 50 years old and older from all the publicity he’s seen. He also knew he had a family history and thought it was important to get screened.

The Kruse’s also happen to be the 2016 J.C. Blair Gala co-chairs, along with Steve and Julie Sliver, and were eager to share with the community a reminder that all the money raised at the Gala stays in our community to support our local hospital.  This year’s Gala theme is ‘Gatzby Gala’ and will be Saturday, November 12, at Juniata College. By popular demand, The Uptown Band has been booked again for this annual event. To learn more about the event ‘Like’ and follow ‘J.C. Blair Auxiliary Gala’ on facebook.