Joseph Greene is willing to do whatever it takes to get the news out about the American Cancer Society and about preventing the disease that has claimed the lives of so many of his family members and nearly his own.
The McDuffie County resident is a cancer survivor who has shared his story with the entire country to help save lives. And he has been up to just that again recently.
After starring in a local commercial promoting the Relay for Life, Dr. Greene was tapped by the ACS to take his story to a national audience for National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March. He will participate in a satellite media feed with national ACS officials.
"I am honored that they asked me to do this national promotion. I accept it with a deep degree of humility," Dr. Greene said.
Currently Dr. Greene serves as an ambassador for the ACS. A studio out of Atlanta taped his portion of the commercials currently airing last fall in Thomson.
"You would have thought that from the length of time that it took them that it would have been a 30-minute production," said the professor of finance and economics at Augusta State University.
For the national promotion, Dr. Greene will travel to Philadelphia on Feb. 28 for a March 1 taping from 6 to 11 a.m. He said it will stress the importance of colorectal screening.
"My passion for the American Cancer Society is quite intense," Dr. Greene said. "I attribute my being here now as a survivor to screening following my sister's death. If it had not been for that, they would not have detected my cancer early enough to save me. So I committed myself then to the American Cancer Society to do anything that I could to promote screening and to try and save lives."
And he is keeping that promise on a daily basis. Dr. Greene will again be heavily involved in this year's McDuffie County Relay for Life, something he doesn't have to star in a commercial to promote on a personal level.
"The people who I call on annually for contributions, they know when they see me coming to take out their check books," he said.
Dr. Greene was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1982, and also underwent treatment for lymphoma. He has been cancer-free for seven years now. His story of survival has also been featured on the ACS website, www.cancer.org.