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Billboard spreads awareness of getting colonoscopy

There's a new billboard in Fort Wayne encouraging people to get a colonoscopy.

Posted: Jun 27, 2018 9:12 PM
Updated: Jun 27, 2018 10:16 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - There's a new billboard in Fort Wayne encouraging people to get a colonoscopy.

The billboard is at the corner of Clinton Street and Coliseum Boulevard.

It features Linda Vandeveer who died from colon cancer.

Her husband Jerry Vandeveer has pursued his wife's wish of spreading the word about getting a colonoscopy.

In his latest installment, Vandeveer has teamed up with Fort Wayne Police to help spread the word.

"What better thing to do than to partner with the police officers who protect our city each day and each night, you know, all the men and women," Vandeveer said. "And with us trying to protect the people or the health of others for us to join together."

"I hope people know that we care," said Mitch McKinney with FWPD. "And we care about their health too. And it is a good message you know. We would have loved to spend more time with our Linda, you know, Jerry's big line is my Linda. Well we all have a little piece of my Linda in our heart. We want people to know that we care about their health as well and to go out and get a simple procedure done that can save your life."

Vandeveer pays for the billboards out of his own pocket.

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