Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens is known for his flamboyant touchdown celebrations, but off the NFL field he is getting serious about cancer. Owens has joined celebs like Adrian Grenier and Sophia Bush in The Cancer Talk, a campaign from LetsFCancer. The organization educates people on the early signs of cancer and encourages them to get tested in order to detect the problem early. Owens and the other celebs involved will appear in ads asking young people to sit down and talk with their parents about getting screened for cancer (kind of awkward but necessary, like the birds and the bees convo but in reverse!).
We chatted with Owens about his involvement:
DoSomething.org: Do you have a personal connection to the cancer cause?
Terrell Owens: Yes, I think we all do at this point unfortunately. Some of my closest friends have lost loved ones to cancer.
DS: Why do you think it's important that young people get people talking about cancer screenings?
T.O.: It is a fresh, proactive way to "do something." Knowledge is power and prevention. The more we know about cancer screenings and talk about it, the more we help others.
DS:Do you think celebrities have a responsibility to raise awareness about world issues?
T.O.:Everyone can make their own choices, but I feel like I definitely am committed to raising awareness on world issues and giving back.
Do your part to take action against cancer. Encourage parents to get screened, and help those battling right now.