Scott’s Walk

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be nearly 9,000 new cases of testicular cancer in 2012.

But if discovered early, nearly all of those with the disease will be cured.

Scott Zager began to feel discomfort in his body in 2007 – he ignored the signs, but finally saw his doctor late that year.

It was testicular cancer, and he succumbed to the disease in six months.

Each year since his death, the Zager family honors him with Scott’s Walk.

“We started when we would just walk around the block at Elmwood School,” said Gina Zager, Scott’s mother. “It was mostly just family. And now we’re over 200 people.”

This year, the Zager family teamed up with the West Suburban Irish. The proceeds benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which has donated over $100 million to pediatric cancer research since 2000.

Scott’s Walk promotes testicular cancer awareness and early detection for a disease that mostly affects men aged 15-through-35.

“That is a population that typically doesn’t discuss their health issues or doesn’t go to the doctor,” said Zager.

A self-exam or a doctor visit every now and then can be the difference between the cancer being easier to treat, and the tumor spreading to other parts of the body.

“Any soreness, lumps or lower back pain – those are all common symptoms of testicular cancer,” said Zager. “It’s also 90-percent curable if caught early.”

Each walker donated $25 when signing up for the walk.

“Naperville gets together and really meets the challenge for anything that we have,” said City of Naperville Mayor, George Pradel. “Naperville is a very caring and giving community.”

With more awareness, it’s the Zager’s hope that cases like Scott will disappear more and more with each walk.

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