STEUBENVILLE - A local man has decided to turn a negative diagnosis into something positive and "pay it forward" to those in need.
Ben Buchanan of Steubenville was driven to the emergency room on Nov. 18 for what he thought was a minor medical issue. After two days of testing, he was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer, which had spread to his liver. Being a healthy 38-year-old man, Buchanan never expected to receive a cancer diagnosis. The next few days in the hospital were a whirlwind of doctors, medications and the realization that Buchanan and his family's plans, lives and futures had taken an uncertain detour.
According to Buchanan's girlfriend, Aimee Livingston, he is engaged in a journey that will include chemotherapy, surgery and a treatment plan that has no guarantees.
SPONSORING TEAM — Ben Buchanan and Aimee Livingston, their family and friends are sponsoring a team in the upcoming Campbell-Dickinson 5K walk/run in Toronto set for March 15. The proceeds will benefit the T.E.A.R. organization, a local organization designed to provide assistance to individuals diagnosed with cancer. - Jess Looman
This has left Ben unable to work due to the nature of his employment (plumbing) and other factors that can negatively affect his health and treatment success, she explained. "But being unable to work has not stopped Ben from trying to pay it forward by becoming an advocate for others who are battling cancer and raising awareness for those who are at risk for early cancer diagnosis."
Following Buchanan's example, his family and friends have created a way to help him with his day-to-day expenses and medical related costs. Donations are being accepted at www.GiveForward.com/BenbeatingCancer.
Buchanan, his family and friends are coming together to support a local organization that provided assistance to him upon diagnosis.
"The T.E.A.R. (Trinity Emergency Assistance Relief Fund) is a local organization whose mission is to provide modest assistance for individuals diagnosed with cancer in order to lessen the burdens associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment," Buchanan noted. "Team Ben is forming and planning to participate in the upcoming Campbell-Dickinson 5K walk/run set to be held in Toronto on March 15. The bulk of the proceeds will benefit the T.E.A.R. Fund. We will arrive in a sea of blue shirts, courtesy of the Hindman Family Cos. and the Target Sport Shop."
The team intends to raise awareness for the importance of colon cancer screening. Anyone who is interested in walking/running can join them by registering online at thegemcity.org under team "Benbeatingcancer." Paper registrations also are available at the Steubenville YMCA.
For information, contact Buchanan at (740) 457-2704.