If you’ve traveled to New York City this March, you might have seen a familiar face. East Dallas neighbor Elizabeth Clayton was one of 29 people featured on a national campaign in Times Square to raise awareness about colorectal cancer.

Clayton, a Stage IV colon cancer survivor, is an awareness ambassador for Fight Colorectal Cancer, an advocacy organization focused on colon and rectal cancer policy and research. The neighbor, who lives near Mockingbird and Abrams, has dedicated a year of volunteer time to advocate for better resources and better access to cancer screenings in nonmetropolitan areas. 

“When I was diagnosed, the idea of a 32-year-old with Stage IV colon cancer, and no family history of cancer, seemed a rare thing,” she said in a statement. “Today, it’s all too frequent.” 

Her story was one of several the campaign featured during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The disease is the second-leading cause of cancer death among men and women, according to the organization.

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