Right around the time faculty and staff of TTUHSC at El Paso were beginning their Spring into Wellness event last Friday, April 4, Jason Morton and Chris Olsen began their across-the-nation bike ride from San Diego, California to Orlando, Florida to promote education, awareness and self-exam for testicular cancer.
April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and Morton and Olsen, who make up the Single Jingle duo team of the Go Nuts Tour, are determined to educate as many people, especially young men between the ages of 15 and 35, about this cancer before they reach Florida. It will take them two months to go across the U.S., stopping at different locations with the help of sponsors and the Testicular Cancer Foundation (TCF).
Five years ago 35 -year-old Jason was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer. The cancer had spread to his lungs, liver and kidneys. The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Lubbock main campus information technology employee underwent 52 chemo treatments and spent 4 months hospitalized. Morton says those were some of his darkest days. But he is now in remission and eager to talk to people about testicular cancer having a 99 percent survival rate if it’s caught early.
Morton and Olsen will ride into the TTUHSC at El Paso campus on Friday, April 18 along with representatives from TCF. The Single Jingle Team invites everyone to come out and learn more about testicular cancer and to pick up education materials and a self-exam shower card from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Medical Education Building courtyard of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. People can follow them on their blog athttp://tcf.causevox.com/team/gonuts with a daily update on Track My Tour at http://trackmytour.com/p3vT9. The duo also have a facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/GoNuts2014?ref=stream