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Hero of the Month: Dr. James Yoo

Posted on March 9, 2015

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Dr. James Yoo is a colorectal surgeon at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Beyond his remarkable accomplishments in the medical field, specifically in the areas of lab research and the development of new surgical approaches, this year, he and his team are taking Colon Cancer Month by storm! Between Twitter chats and in-person events, they’re creating quite a buzz in Boston and beyond. We’re so inspired to see medical professionals, like Dr. Yoo and the team at Tufts, getting involved with March in a hands-on way. Together with survivors, medical professionals and advocates across the country, we’re putting colon cancer on the map and saving lives. Thank you, Dr. Yoo, for being part of this movement! Read more

Why Dress in Blue? Simple.

Posted on March 6, 2015

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Happy Dress in Blue Day! This special day began with Anita Mitchell, a stage IV colon cancer survivor. Ms. Mitchell saw a need to bring greater awareness to a cancer not many people wanted to discuss. What started in her child’s classroom in 2006 is now a nationally-recognized event where individuals across the country unite to celebrate and honor those who have battled this disease and work to knock it out of the top three cancer killers for good. Hear more from Anita. Read more

Woman of the Year: Candace Henley

Posted on March 4, 2015

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Rock star Colon Cancer Alliance volunteer, Candace Henley, was recently recognized by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority as their Woman of the Year for all of her fabulousness – we’re so proud of her! Candace became a member of this organization in 1993 because she strongly associated with the group’s principles of service, scholarship, finer womanhood and sisterhood. Every year the group celebrates people who have exhibited these principles in their day-to-day life, particularly those who have achieved excellence through exceptional community service and those who have overcome adversity – and that’s certainly fitting for Candace. After her own battle with colon cancer, Candace set out to increase awareness in the African American community through her Blue Hat Initiative. Learn more about Candace’s cancer journey and how she continues to make a difference year after year. Read more

Tribute to the Beloved Michelle Hastings

Posted on March 3, 2015

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It is with heavy hearts we mourn the loss of one of our dearest volunteers and advocates and active Central AZ Chapter member, Michelle Whitehead Hastings, who passed away Saturday. Michelle was the devoted mother of two, dedicated wife, daughter and heart and soul of the Arizona Chapter for two years. Her journey was long and hard, but she never, ever gave up hope; she always remained the feisty and tenacious Michelle we all knew and loved. Read more

Hero of the Month: Joanne Hufford

Posted on February 10, 2015

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I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones. I have colonoscopies annually—because I have Lynch Syndrome, a genetic predisposition to certain cancers, including colon—which helped catch my colon cancer at Stage I.

Rather than dwell on the discouraging news of my diagnosis, I decided to look on the bright side and channel my energy into something positive. That’s when I saw a Facebook post about the Undy Run/Walk. The wealth of information I discovered on the Colon Cancer Alliance’s website after my diagnosis was very helpful to me, and I decided that the Undy could be my opportunity to help raise awareness about this disease that had so directly affected the life me and my family. Read more

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