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DavidEagertonDr. David Eagerton’s interest in colon cancer began when he was a grad student in college, where Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) Director Frank Berger was his mentor.  Although he later ended up studying toxicology, colon cancer came into his life again when his wife was diagnosed at the early age of 32.  “We were very fortunate because we caught it early” says David.  “She is a colon cancer survivor.”

Now Dr. Eagerton is the advisor for the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacist (APhA-ASP) Chapter at Presbyterian College.  Every year, the students in the APhA-ASP hold a Low Country Boil event to benefit the CCCR.  “This is just a real important and worthy organization to try to raise money [for] and help.”  The APhA-ASP first donated to the Center in 2011.  “The students were looking for a charity to donate to.  I asked them ‘have you thought about colon cancer?’”  The students loved the idea and have been donating proceeds from their annual event to the CCCR every year since then.

The added bonus of the event, according to Dr. Eagerton, is that he gets to raise colorectal cancer awareness in class.  As a pharmacist in healthcare, “It’s not just focusing on (colon cancer) as a disease you’re going to see your patients with, this can affect you and your family.  While it is a very deadly disease, if we catch it early enough it’s a very curable disease.”

Kudos to Dr. Eagerton for mentoring future pharmacists to empathize with their patients and enabling the CCCR educate our citizens on the importance of screening!