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Tribute to the Beloved Michelle Hastings

Posted on March 3, 2015


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

Giant Colon: Coming to a City Near You

Posted on February 9, 2015

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Our giant inflatable colon is touring the U.S. yet again this March for Colon Cancer Awareness Month! We’re proud to partner with Bayer Healthcare LLC for the second consecutive year in this nationwide initiative to spread colon cancer awareness in a fun and exciting way. And there’s no better way to spread lifesaving information than with this attention-getter, featuring various stages of disease (normal colon tissue, Crohn’s Disease, polyp, malignant polyp, colon cancer & advanced colon cancer).  Read more

Never Too Young: Uniting to Make a Difference

Posted on February 5, 2015


We know that, unlike for those over age 50, colon cancer is on the rise in those younger than 50. Too often we hear stories from folks in this group who are facing additional screening and diagnosis hurdles due to their age.  The signs and symptoms of colon can often be mistaken for other, less serious issues, and time and time again folks under age 50 are being faced with misdiagnoses and untimely diagnoses because their symptoms are not being taken seriously due to age. Read more

Backstreet’s Back…on the Big Screen!

Posted on January 30, 2015

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We took a trip down memory lane this week when we learned the legendary 90s pop band – the Backstreet Boys –  are meeting 2015 in the role of the comeback kids. Today, the best-selling boy band in history is launching a new documentary – Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of. The flick follows the evolution of the lives of these five very memorable men. It also marks BSB’s 22nd anniversary! (Is that frightening to anyone else?) Read more