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I was only 27. I couldn’t leave my son.

Posted on December 30, 2014

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My name is Vanessa Ghigliotty and I am a stage IV survivor.

They told me, “Get your affairs in order as soon as possible.” That was my introduction to cancer 12 years ago.

I was diagnosed in April after months and months of symptoms and misdiagnoses. “You’re just stressed,” doctors had told me.”You’re a single mother, attending college and working part-time. What do you expect?” And while I knew something wasn’t right, I never expected to hear the word cancer. Read more

7 Tips for Managing a Cancer Diagnosis

Posted on December 29, 2014

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As a stage IV colon cancer survivor, Randy Cox has been a volunteer and Buddy with the Colon Cancer Alliance since April 2012. We’re inspired by Randy because even while struggling with ongoing treatment, he continues to reach out to the community with his story in an effort to save lives and improve treatment for colon cancer patients. His willingness to help with any volunteer opportunity has been touching to the Colon Cancer Alliance, and his strength has been a pillar of hope for newly diagnosed patients all over the country. From one patient to another, Randy put together this list of 7 ways to maintain your sanity in the face of a cancer diagnosis. Read more

Over-sized Check has a Big Impact

Posted on December 24, 2014

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Our very own Stephanie Guiffre, Prevention and Research Director, and Lauren Bennett, Prevention Programs Associate, were proud to accept this over-sized check recently from our friends at Rumpshakers, Inc. We’re partnering with this team to extend our Blue Hope Prevention Award, a program providing qualifying individuals with financial support for the cost of screening or other screening-related expenses such as transportation, child care and lost wages.  Read more

Cancer isn’t getting the best of me.

Posted on December 17, 2014

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My name is Grace De La Rosa and I am a stage III survivor.

I was diagnosed in August of 2005, after going to my doctor about dark spots on my legs and fatigue. I learned I was severely anemic and needed a blood transfusion.

The last thing I ever expected to hear the doctor say was cancer. I was only 38, and married with two children. I just kept thinking there has to have been some mistake. Read more

Undy Spotlight: Dawn Gagliardi

Posted on December 16, 2014

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Dawn Gagliardi was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at 31 years old. Through her years of treatment and seven surgeries, her positive attitude and drive to make a difference in this space never wavered. Following her diagnosis, she started volunteering in her local community, where she met others who also wanted to change the colon cancer scene in Georgia. Together, they got involved with our first-ever Atlanta Undy Run/Walk in a big way, helping increase participation and raising funds for the event. Learn more about Dawn’s journey and the footprint she has created!  Read more

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