Beating the disease -- March is Kidney, Colorectal, and Multiple Myeloma Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
News 12 this Morning

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW//WAGT) - March is Kidney, Colorectal, and Multiple Myeloma Cancer Awareness Month. The Georgia Cancer Center is working to raise awareness in its own way.

Walking into the Cancer clinic you'll be greeted by burgundy, blue, and orange ribbons, blowing in the wind. Each color represents a different cancer, the burgundy ribbon symbolizes multiple myeloma.

Adam Showers is a patient at the Cancer Center. He knows about multiple myeloma all too well but, has yet to let it break him.

"Cancer is not a wall that you can't get over," Adam said.

Adam was diagnosed two years ago.

"I was just getting up and my shoulder collapsed," Adam said.

Multiple myeloma is a bone cancer killing nearly 13,000 people each year. While nurse practitioner Karl Smart doesn't have multiple myeloma, he has fought his own battle with cancer.

"It made me stronger because, it made me more empathetic, and more caring, and more understanding to other people's situations who are going through the same thing and sort of on a broader level people who are struggling in general," Smart said.

Smart's battle with the disease played a huge role in his career path.
He now works everyday to help others cope with the disease. His latest projects are discovery talks, where he discusses having leukemia as a child and what motivated him to beat it.

"Raising awareness so that we can raise money for research also so we can provide more support for people going through cancer and families," Smart said.

Cancer helped Adam find his purpose too.

"It's been humbling," Smart said. "It's been more than I deserve, and kind of given me a purpose to be a light."