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Transcript: The Check-Up that Saved a Denver Mechanic's Life

A garbage truck drives past the Denver Public Works Department as uplifting music plays.

ON SCREEN TEXT:   City and County of Denver

                                    Public Works Department

                                    Central Platte Campus

                                    1271 West Bayaud Avenue

The truck pulls in to the parking lot.

A power tool whirs as a mechanic works on a vehicle.

A line of trucks is parked outside the building.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: It's hard work, and it's very dirty work.

A wrench rests on a dusty table.

A truck beeps as it backs in to the building.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: It can be smelly work too.

An arm of a machine rumbles as it locks into place.

Brian chats with a coworker.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: Which reminds me, it's time you come up and work on my Blazer. (laughs)

Brian sits in an office and speaks to the camera.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: I'm Brian Schroeder. I am a lead heavy equipment mechanic for the City and County of Denver.

A utility light blinks.

An overhead view shows trucks parked inside the warehouse.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: You know, I'm thankful every day that I'm still alive.

Brian continues speaking to the camera. Text appears below.

ON SCREEN TEXT:   Brian Schroeder

                                    City and County of Denver - Lead Mechanic Supervisor

BRIAN SCHROEDER: So how can you not be--be happy?

A close-up shows a sign with text details and the logo for the city of Denver, which is a tall building and a sunrise over a mountain in the shape of a D.

ON SCREEN TEXT:   DENVER

                                    THE MILE HIGH CITY

                                    PARKS & RECREATION

BRIAN SCHROEDER: So, at the City and County of Denver, we have a health program that you have to do certain health screenings for.

Brian continues speaking to the camera.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: We had a person at the time there that was in charge of that, and she bugged me for years to get into it. After some more heckling from her, I said, sure, I'll do it.

A truck is parked inside the warehouse. Words appear on-screen.

ON SCREEN TEXT:    The Denver Wellness program,

                                    operated by UnitedHealthcare,

                                    includes biometric screenings.

A street sweeping truck is parked outside the building.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: I had just pulled in the parking lot out here to start my shift...

Brian continues speaking to the camera.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: Parked my vehicle, was sitting there, the phone rang, and it was the doctor, and he said, "Well, Brian, I have some very, very bad news for you." And he said, "From what the biopsy results are," he said, "you have anywhere from four months to a year to live if we don't do anything."

Words appear over a photograph of Brian smiling as he sits at his desk. Tender music plays.

ON SCREEN TEXT:   Brian's doctors diagnosed him

                                    with an aggressive form of

                                    prostate cancer.

Brian continues speaking to the camera.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: I had no symptoms whatsoever. If I can help one person, if I can get one guy to go get checked and save him from what I've gone through, to detect it early enough that he doesn't--they don't have to go through what I've gone through...

A man with a long beard speaks to the camera. Words appear below.

ON SCREEN TEXT:   Robert "Shorty" Jurgens

                                    City and County of Denver - Lead Mechanic

ROBERT "SHORTY" JURGENS: I'm pretty sure, yep, I'd be that one person. He told me if I didn't do it, it could really turn out to be something really serious.

A close-up shows various tools.

In the parking lot, Robert chats with a coworker.

ROBERT "SHORTY" JURGENS: Yes, I just had a scare. And my primary doctor thought that maybe there was something wrong, so we did two more blood tests.

Robert works at a computer.

ROBERT "SHORTY" JURGENS: It came back all negative, so, which I am grateful that I did...

Robert continues speaking to the camera.

ROBERT "SHORTY" JURGENS: And I'm glad Brian talked me into it.

Brian works at his desk.

SANDRA CREWS: People do resist the wellness checks, and sometimes, it's privacy concerns.

Sandra speaks to the camera. Words appear below.

ON SCREEN TEXT:   Sandra Crews

                                    UnitedHealthcare - Health Strategies Consultant

SANDRA CREWS: Sometimes, it's time constraints. It could be, you're young and bulletproof, or you're a little bit older and you're afraid. You know, thank goodness that, you know, the timing was right this time and it saved Brian's life, so we love stories like that.

A close-up shows Brian's legs as he walks through the warehouse.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: So I've had a lot more surgeries due to complications from the cancer.

Brian walks steadily toward the camera.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: I can never get away from the pain. It's always there.

Brian continues speaking to the camera.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: The good news is, they got it all. So, 18 months later, I'm still showing cancer-free.

Brian chats with a coworker.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: I don't care how far down you are, you gotta come up with something to pull yourself up.

Outside the building, the sun shines through the clouds.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: Me, it's the sun comes up every day, it's a new day.

Brian continues speaking to the camera.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: I think the wellness programs are great. (laughs) So, I can't say enough about 'em.

A close-up shows Robert working at a computer.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: Plus, I try to get all my guys to go get checked.

Brian chats with a coworker.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: (laughs) Just do it.

Brian walks through the warehouse.

BRIAN SCHROEDER: You got, you know, a couple of minutes of discomfort there for the rest of your life. You know, it's a heck of a trade-off.

The screen fades to a white background with blue text details and the UnitedHealthcare logo. Uplifting music plays.

ON SCREEN TEXT:          UnitedHealthcare®