Chad Schrack, a Fight Colorectal Cancer advocate will walk from Washington, D.C. to Venice Beach, California to honor his wife, a colorectal cancer survivor and all those affected by the second-leading cancer killer in the U.S. Schrack will walk to raise awareness of colorectal cancer, a disease his wife was diagnosed with at age 38 and overcame.

Chad Schrack and Nate Coffman begin the journey across the United States, from Arlington National Cemetery to Venice beach, to raise awareness for colorectal cancer and veteran suicide prevention. Photo by Evan Michio

Schrack will be walking through the following cities over the next three months: Columbus, OH; Cincinnati, OH; St. Louis, Mo.; Springfield, Mo.; Amarillo, TX; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles, Calif.

“We’re so fortunate to have such passionate advocates like Chad and his wife, Sheila,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight Colorectal Cancer. “They understand firsthand the effect this disease has on patients and their families. They are dedicated to ensuring people understand the importance of regular screening in early detection. Chad walking across the country to raise awareness about this disease is inspiring to us all.”

Schrack kicked off his walk at the gates of Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on May 6. Schrack, who is also walking to raise awareness of veteran suicide, plans to make a stop in Springfield, Missouri, where Fight Colorectal Cancer is headquartered. Another stop on his route is Breckenridge, Colorado for Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Climb for a Cure. People can also join the climb virtually.

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“My family has raised over $100,000 for colorectal cancer research and advocacy.” said Schrack. It is my hope that this walk that I’ve been planning for over seven years will continue to help us raise additional funds, as well as encourage people to get their annual colonoscopy.”

Schrack will be sharing his journey on social media. You can follow along on Twitter and Facebook.

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