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Baseball legend Darryl Strawberry and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
At The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s Colorectal Caner Awareness event, cancer survivor and baseball legend Darryl Strawberry and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.
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    Baseball Legend Darryl Strawberry Visits TBHC with Borough President Eric Adams for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    March 6, 2019

    On March 5, The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) hosted two special guests who helped kick off TBHC’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. “I’m lucky because I survived twice,” said Darryl Strawberry, baseball icon, author, pastor and colorectal cancer survivor. “I had symptoms like abdominal pain and blood in my stool. But I was hard-headed; I thought I didn’t need a doctor. I was wrong. And now I’m urging others to get screened for colorectal cancer.”

    Mr. Strawberry is well known for his 17-year career in Major League Baseball. He helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series championship in 1986 and the New York Yankees to three World Series championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999. His memoir, Straw: Finding My Way, was published 2009. Mr. Strawberry speaks often to the public about cancer prevention and screening, and opioid addiction. “I wake up now with an urgency every day to help somebody,” he said. He encouraged TBHC doctors and staff, “Continue being a great team. Stick together, show up together.”

    Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams similarly urged screening and congratulated TBHC on its continuing efforts to reach out to under-served communities. “As Brooklyn goes, so goes New York City. As New York City goes, so goes the country. As the country goes, so goes the globe,” he reminded everyone.

    The Division of Gastroenterology, headed by Madhavi Reddy, MD, presented recent research findings that identified certain Brooklyn communities with decreased colorectal cancer screening uptake corresponding to areas that appear to have rising incidence of colorectal cancer. “We are urging everyone to speak with their primary physicians about getting a colonoscopy. Age 50 for the general population, but 45 years of age for African Americans,” said Denzil Etienne, MD, gastroenterologist.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment for a colonoscopy or other colorectal cancer screening, call 718.250.8867. No health insurance? Cancer Services Program of Brooklyn can help. Call 718.250.8708 for more information.

    Darryl Strawberry with TBHC staff

    The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) scheduled many events to mark Colorectal Cancer Awareness month in March, including a visit from cancer survivor and baseball legend Darryl Strawberry. Mr. Strawberry shown here (center in the back row) with James Gasperino, MD, TBHC Chair of Medicine (in lab coat in front of Mr. Strawberry), Gary G. Terrinoni, TBHC President & CEO (to the right of Dr. Gasperino), Madhavi Reddy, MD, TBHC Division Chief of Gastroenterology (next to Mr. Terrinoni), and the entire TBHC gastroenterology team.


    About Darryl Strawberry

    Darryl Strawberry is a baseball icon, author, pastor and colorectal cancer survivor. Mr. Strawberry is well known for his 17-year career in Major League Baseball and helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series championship in 1986 and the New York Yankees to three World Series championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999. His memoir, Straw: Finding My Way, was published 2009. Mr. Strawberry speaks often to the public about cancer prevention and screening, and opioid addiction.

    About Gastroenterology at TBHC

    The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center is committed to excellence in preventing, diagnosing and treating complex illnesses of the gastrointestinal tract. Board certified gastroenterologists provide the highest level of care using evidence-based strategies and a patient-centered approach. A state-of-the-art endoscopy suite features the most advanced endoscopic technologies to identify and treat gastrointestinal diseases while maximizing patient comfort.