Meg O’Neill was first diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 47. She was an avid runner and they were shocked to find out that judging by the size of the tumor the cancer had been growing for about eight years undetected. She was an amazing woman with a contagious positive spirit that truly cared about the people around her. She died when she was 48, a year and a half after starting chemotherapy.
Keely, Meg’s daughter, says Meg would want others to know to listen to their bodies and fight to get screened early. Keely’s involvement with Get Your Rear in Gear and the Colon Cancer Coalition for the Seattle Area race has helped her spread her mom’s message and help others not have to experience what her family has from this disease. She hopes people learn that it is okay to be open about colon cancer awareness, screening, and prevention and that you don’t have to be 50 to get colon cancer.