Mississippi native featured in national cancer campaign

Behind a message of “Fight with Courage,” Gautier resident Linda Dawe will be one of the 25 people featured in a new PSA rotating in Times Square this March for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Dawe was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at 52 and has become an ambassador for the country’s leading advocacy organization focused on colorectal cancer policy and research, Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC). The PSA will launch during the NASDAQ Opening Bell Ceremony on Feb. 28 at 9:30am ET. Dawe’s story will launch on Fight CRC’s Facebook page on March 6.

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in the U.S. of men and women combined and Dawe has courageously fought it and gotten involved with the hopes that her story will save lives.

“My surgeon suggested I attend ambassador training because I have a strong voice in the colorectal cancer community. He wants to work with me to change awareness along the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said Dawe.

Her story is one of many stories launching the annual One Million Strong campaign, a movement uniting the over one million survivors of colorectal cancer and their loved ones to get behind a cure and prevent future cases. This year’s theme, “Fight with Courage” is inspired by Dawe and the other Ambassadors featured in the campaign.

“Each year we choose a group of ambassadors to be the ‘faces’ of this disease in our annual One Million Strong campaign and each year’s group rallies around a united theme and mantra,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight Colorectal Cancer. “This year’s group showed tremendous strength and positivity in light of everything they’ve gone through and we wanted to channel that to rally other advocates around the country to follow their example and fight with courage.”