(KUTV) Utah reality star Michelle Money’s father was just 54-years-old when he lost his battle with colon cancer. “I think the thing that has been the hardest is my dad did everything he was supposed to do.” Michelle says doctors discovered a tumor during a colonoscopy. They removed the tumor and it appeared her father Scott was fine. However, tests later revealed that the cancer had spread. “Seeing my dad, my hero, you know, my father just kind of dwindle physically and mentally and emotionally and getting to that place where you are like, does he even know who I am?” This month will mark the 2-year anniversary of his death.
At the time of his death, Michelle was filming the reality show “The Bachelor Pad”. Her father’s cancer battle was made public during the show. “Reality TV is really good at editing and cutting things up and creating this story for viewers, but this is my reality. And this is my family’s reality and is something that is very real.”
Since her father’s death, Michelle has worked to keep her father’s memory alive. She is trying to raise awareness about colon cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colon cancer is the second cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. Michelle has hosted charity events around the country and will host one this weekend here in Utah. Michelle calls the event a reality check. “It is a very important subject to talk about and it is hard thing to talk about because it is colon cancer,” said Money. “But it is something we have to be open to talking about.”
The “Colon Cancer Reality Night” is Saturday, August 3. It will be hosted by Michelle Money and Chris Harrison. The event will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. Proceeds will benefit the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Chris 4 Life Colon Cancer Foundation.
For more information on tickets, visit: www.chris4life.org/realityevent
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