One Year Anniversary of Cancer Awareness Program, Buddy Check 4

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

In May 2010, a program debuted here in the Wiregrass to help remind the community to do their monthly cancer checks. One year later, the program continues to bring awareness and is helping to save lives.

Kim McDaniel had a close call with cancer, she says "I was the stage right before cancer so that was my shock and my wake up call that it could have been me.

One year ago, Southeast Alabama Medical Center and WTVY-TV launched Buddy Check-4 in the Wiregrass, a free program providing reminders on the 4th of each month for people in the community to do their monthly cancer checks.

According to Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Jarrod Adkison, “with the screening program, you hopefully catch cancer at an earlier stage when it has a better opportunity for cure.

Early detection can also help patients avoid intensive treatments and may potentially save their life. Cindy Tanton, an Oncology Nurse at Southeast Alabama Medical Center says “we've had great survivor stories of people who have been through the screening procedures, found a problem, been able to have it treated and likely will be able to live many happy healthy years because of that early intervention.”

It's easy to sign up for Buddy Check-4. All you have to do is go to, and click on the Buddy Check-4 logo. From there you can enter some basic information to receive your monthly text or email reminders. All information is kept confidential.

Tanton says that she “can't imagine anyone that goes through cancer treatment that doesn't wish that they could have done something to prevent it and many of them unfortunately, could have.”

After McDaniel’s scare with cancer, she takes every opportunity she has to remind others to be pro-active and check for cancer. When asked, McDaniel says she tells anyone and everyone she can to get early screenings and admits “I teach school so I encourage my students to have their check-up, it does not matter, you need to have it done.”

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