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Not Your Typical Fundraiser: Diane Bendtsen

Posted on September 2, 2016

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Diane Bendtsen is no stranger to taking a stand. After experiencing some symptoms of colorectal cancer, she fought to be given the screening she needed. Now 3 years NED, Diane is channeling her energy into sharing the importance of screening with her community and is an integral part of the Peoria Undy Run/Walk.

We caught up with Diane to pick her brain about her unique fundraising tactics and how she gets her community involved. Read more

Wearing Colorectal Cancer on Your Sleeve – Sort of

Posted on August 31, 2016

We recently collaborated with the online patient community Smart Patients on an empathy-building program called #ColorectalCancer1day. Together we matched patients and caregivers affected by colorectal cancer (“teachers”) with researchers and clinicians from Kaiser Permanente who wanted to learn more about what one day with colorectal cancer feels like (“learners”). We’re now sharing the highlights from this learning experience with a broader audience. Read more

The Disconnect Between the DEA & Medical Marijuana

Posted on August 23, 2016

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This month, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) completed its review of several petitions to remove marijuana from Schedule I.  Based on this review which included recommendations from the FDA, the DEA decided to keep marijuana as a “Schedule I substance,” continuing to categorize it in the same classification as heroin and LSD, and maintaining it has:

“high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”

Despite the Schedule I categorization, 25 states currently allow the use of medical marijuana. In a recent survey of our community, more than a third indicated they use marijuana as part of their treatment.

Why is there such a disconnect between the DEA (government) position and almost half of the United States? Read more

Top 5: Findings From the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting

Posted on August 10, 2016

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Our Conversations Webinar Series is an opportunity to link national experts in colorectal cancer and other related fields to you, right in the comfort of your own home. The programs are designed to empower you to play a leading role in your healthcare management.

We recently hosted Latest in CRC: Findings from the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting where we explored what advances and findings from this year’s ASCO meeting mean regarding treatment, patient care, survivorship and more!                          

Couldn’t make the webinar? Get our Top 5 Takeaways and watch the replay for updates on treatment, research, patient care and more!

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We Can’t Wait for the Blue Hope Bash!

Posted on August 3, 2016

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We can’t wait for October 20th. Why? That’s the night we’re holding the 6th Annual Blue Hope Bash at the Fairmont in Washington DC!

This annual gala celebrates our community’s patients and survivors, the commitment of our incredible supporters, and showcases how important you each are to our mission. This year, we are excited to debut the Colon Cancer Alliance’s vision for 2017.

Our festive evening includes a silent and live auction, raffles, a fun-filled program and some special surprise guests! Read more

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