CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) - What causes cancer? What can we do to prevent it?
This week is your last chance to join a new fight against this disease taking too many lives.
Rich Conklin was only 41 years old when he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. He died 16 months later in January 2011.
"I truly - it's going to make me cry - but I truly miss seeing him interact with my children, says wife Mindy Conkin. "He was an amazing father."
Mindy Conklin says rich was also an amazing football coach at Clover Hill High School and his dedication on the field is something she now tries to mirror in her efforts to fight the disease that killed him.
Mindy is taking part in a 30-year study called the CPS3. It's looking at the causes of cancer and ways to prevent it, based on participants' health information, blood makeup and waist size.
The American Cancer Society launched the nationwide CPS3 last year and it's making one final push to enroll local men and women this week in Chesterfield County.
Area Executive Director Patti Jackson says everyone who signs up will answer follow-up questionnaires over the years to help researchers pinpoint how genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors play a role in who gets cancer and who doesn't.
"We really want to with this next generation, our children and grandchildren to prevent those words of 'you have cancer,'" she says.
For people like Mindy, this study is one way to turn sorrows into action.
"You don't need to throw up your hands in defeat. We can do something."
People ages 30 to 65 who haven't had cancer, except some types of skin cancer eligible.
The American Cancer Society will be at the Chesterfield Health Department on Thursday, November 14 and American Family Fitness on Brad McNeer Parkway on Saturday, November 16.
If you're interested in signing up, click here.
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