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Cancer survivor supports study

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A bit of paperwork, a blood sample, and a 20-to-30 year commitment. Jayden Portisce says it's all worth it.

"Seventeen years ago I was diagnosed with cancer. My life could have ended then, but since then I've had seventeen birthdays," said Portisce. "And, I thought personally I want to get one person for each birthday that I could have easily not have had."

Portisce is what the American Cancer Society calls a champion recruiter. He signed up more than seventeen people to take part in its third cancer prevention study.

"When he asked me about it I was like yeah, definitely I'll do it," said Susan Weaver.

"Honestly, I'm a little jealous that I can't participate because to be part of this big project, to do so much for knowledge and evidence that someday fewer people will have to hear the words 'you have cancer'," added Portisce.

The goal of the CPS3 is to better understand the factors: lifestyle, environmental, and genetic that cause or prevent cancer.

"Everybody out there knows somebody that has been diagnosed so really when it comes down to it, they can be doing it for them," said Portisce.

Ultimately, the study's goal is to help eliminate the disease.

"Feel like it's something I can do to perhaps make it better for generations to come," said Weaver.

For more information on how you can participate in CPS3, click on this link:

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