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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

Colon cancer pushed me. I pushed back.

Posted on December 11, 2014

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My name is Fawn Lofton and I am a stage IIA survivor.

I was diagnosed at the age of 28, after an initial misdiagnosis the year before. As a personal trainer, I always tell people to push themselves. I never thought I would be the one having to push myself to stay alive. Read more

Hero of the Month: Dr. Marios Giannakis

Posted on December 8, 2014

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Scientific research is among the best ways we can go on the offensive against colon cancer. That’s why we’ve launched the Blue Hope Research Award, a one-year fellowship providing vital resources and funding to a bright investigator interested in making his mark in the colon cancer space. This year, we utilized the American Association for Cancer Research peer-review process to select our first-ever Blue Hope Research Awardee, Marios Giannakis, M.D., Ph.D., who is taking a deeper look at biomarkers associated with personalized treatment of colon cancer. As we close out 2014 and the term of this first-ever award, we’re proud to report the seriously exciting strides this funding has allowed Dr. Giannakis and his team to make. Their findings are promising and underscore the importance of continued research in the area of biomarkers. Read more

“Thank you from my heart.”

Posted on December 7, 2014

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Colon cancer is up to 90% treatable when caught early through screening. Yet, one-third of Americans report they aren’t up-to-date with screening guidelines. We are committed to ensuring all those who desire lifesaving screening are able to get checked, regardless of what barriers stand in their way. Read more

Managing Nutrition-Related Side Effects During the Holidays

Posted on December 3, 2014

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December is typically filled with holiday festivities and family events. And while these activities can be fun and exciting, they also tend to revolve around food – and lots of it. For someone dealing with colon cancer, all of this holiday food can be daunting. Many times, cancer treatment can affect appetite and lead to other side effects that may affect your ability to eat. If you’re dealing with negative side effects during the holidays, check out these tips for managing them. Read more

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