CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The American Cancer Society is looking for Charlotte volunteers that could save thousands of lives.
Sign ups are underway for a study called CPS- 3 or Cancer Prevention Study 3. Anyone 30 to 65 years old who has never had cancer can take part in the study.
Charlotte resident Kevin Robison can't take part in the study, but he's helping to get the word out. He was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma almost seven years ago.
"The cancer is permanent, I’ve found out. I'll be on chemo the rest of my life," he said.
Kevin spends hours every week organizing and handing out flyers about the CPS-3 study. He knows it might be too late for him, but believes the study is an investment in the future of others.
According to Kevin, "it's going to help all of us, whether you have cancer yourself. It's all around us, your family, your co-workers at work, friends, everybody is affected by it one way or the other."
The study requires one in-person visit. Participants will "do a quick waist measurement and then a blood draw," said Brooke Moose with the American Cancer Society.
The rest is simple mail-in paperwork over the next 20-30 years.
"It literally is five to ten minutes of your life every two to three years and from the remainder of the study," she said.
The historic study is the third in a series. The last two were groundbreaking according to Moose.
"In study number one and number two what we were able to find in those studies is the link between cancer and smoking."
The CPS-3 study, Moose said, is a chance for locals to be part of the cure.
"I have two children at home and it is my goal that out of the one of these studies they will never have to hear the words that they have cancer. So, cancer will be a thing of the past."
There are several locations across Charlotte to enroll in the study. For more information on this study, click here.