Architech Solutions Executive team will be participating in the upcoming Colon Cancer Awareness 5k Run/Walk in memory of our former family member, colleague, and friend; Larry Johnston. We would like to invite you to sign up and join our team at the walk.  You can join the ATS team, or start your own, or enter individually.

Larry Johnson

The race will take place on Sunday March 22, 2015 at 9:00 am near Freedom Plaza in Washington DC (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). Current cost to register is $35/person, but that price will increase the closer we get to race day.  You still have 8 days left to register so check it out!

Please visit our Facebook page to learn more about the race and let us know if you plan on attending by logging in and joining the event.
Feel free to share this event with your friends and family, as strollers, baby joggers, and pets are all welcome! 
Here are a few facts about Colon Cancer:
  • Colon Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women combined
  • Colonoscopies not only discover cancer, but can also stop cancer
  • 50% of Americans still do not get colonoscopy reimbursement
  • Colonoscopy research is vastly underfunded
Larry was Greg Johnston’s father, and he wrote this touching testimony about the importance of preventative screening for colon cancer: 

In memory of Larry Johnston (1946-2014) – a Co-worker, a Friend, a Brother, a Father

This year at the age of 38, I went for my first Colonoscopy and Endoscopy to test for both Colon Cancer and Throat Cancer. Not because I felt I had issues but because catching any sign of these diseases early is the best way to prevent it from ever spreading into the deadly agent that took life of my father recently at only 68 years old.

This may seem like TMI (too much information) for some, but I feel like it’s precisely because it’s not regularly talked about that it makes people uncomfortable to hear it. That when people hear those words, they tend to focus more on the uncomfortable details of what the procedure entails rather than the noble thing you are doing, which is choosing to fight a deadly disease that affects millions of people. If this was not so much of an embarrassing subject (especially amongst the young), and instead became more of a common topic that is discussed openly in the same way we tell people we’re going to the dentist, then I’m convinced more people would do it. As more people openly talk about it, the less embarrassing it becomes, the more people would get tested, the more people would catch the early (treatable) signs of cancer, and the more lives would be saved.

This is my hope in talking about it openly today and I’m convinced that if my father had heard about it early from friends, and/or felt like it was just some routine thing, then he would still be here with us today. Trust me when I tell you that there is no feeling of embarrassment that comes close to the feeling of losing someone you love to cancer (or any other disease for that matter).

So if you decide to get a Colonoscopy or Endoscopy (which I hope you all do) at the age your doctor recommends, you will find a supportive friend in me who is not focused on the details of the procedure but proud of your decision to do it. I will commend your commitment to your life and that of your loved ones. If you then further decide to talk about it with others, then I will deeply admire and honor your courage to save lives beyond your own.

Thank you Larry for everything you taught me including how to stand up for everyone and live without fear.

Please find attached links for more information about cancer prevention and treatment:

http://www.cancer.org/

The Scope It Out 5K Run/Walk is hosted by the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, a Virginia based 501(c)(3).   From their website:  “To date, the Scope It Out 5K has donated more than $1,000,000 to further colorectal cancer research and cancer awareness, and more importantly, through its education and encouragement efforts, has saved lives. The race is dedicated to the men and women who have courageously battled this disease and their loved ones who aren’t afraid to tell everyone how important it is to Scope It Out!”
If you can’t join the ATS team in D.C. next weekend, consider donating to this important cause.   Please go to the Scope It Out 5K website for more information.