CHECK 15: The Monthly Cancer Awareness Day

Patient Leader

At 5 years old, Kyle R. Smith lost his grandpa to kidney cancer. He didn’t know what cancer was then, nor could he foresee the impact it would have on his life. 19 years later, Kyle’s father would be diagnosed with prostate cancer & in another 3 years the same doctor who performed his dad’s lifesaving surgery would also remove Kyle’s cancerous right testicle. While Kyle may have lost his ability to become a professional juggler (it’s not very impressive to juggle with only one ball) what he gained is a new mission in life. Utilizing his directing degree from Columbia College Chicago & 11 years of art department experience in Los Angeles, Kyle founded CHECK 15: The Monthly Cancer Awareness Day. As of June 2019, he’s achieved 67 straight months of new cancer awareness PSAs – fighting cancer through early detection & lowering risk – all delivered with a healthy dose of humor. “CHECK 15 is the School House Rock of cancer awareness!” CHECK 15 aims to inform while entertaining - providing comedy sketches & pop-culture parodies in attempts to capture the zeitgeist of the Internet Age & use social media to change the way we approach cancer awareness & health education.

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Nominations

Hilarious Patient Leader Healthcare Collaborator: Company Patient Leader Hero Best in Show: Youtube

Winner

Best in Show: Youtube

Check 15's videos are hilarious. They use current pop culture touchstones to make people laugh -- and to get them to pay close attention to their bodies, looking for signs of cancer on the 15th of every month. An excellent use of humor in the service of a sometimes-uncomfortable, but life-saving act.  — Bob

I love how CheckFifteen uses comedy in such a relatable way for patients and non-patients to enjoy! Brilliant!  — Brooke

Kyle Smith, a testicular cancer survivor, makes monthly cancer awareness videos on the fifteenth of every month with his group Check15. The videos are relate to current pop culture and are extremely funny, engaging, and highly educational. He has been doing this for over 4 years and I cannot think of anyone more deserving.  — Justin

He has consistently produced and posted videos on YouTube to address Testicular Cancer.  — Daniel G

CHECK 15: The Monthly Cancer Awareness Day

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