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What is Charity Care?

Posted on March 7, 2016

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Medical debt is a growing problem in America. I see it every day in my work as a certified patient navigator and patient advocate here at the Colon Cancer Alliance. Almost 60% of calls to our Helpline have to do with financial need.

As treatments get more specialized and personalized, costs will continue to rise. This financial toxicity is just as dangerous to patients as chemotherapy side effects like neuropathy, rashes, etc. Medical debt is now the leading cause of bankruptcy in America.

One solution to this problem is charity care. Read more

Hero of the Month: Anita Mitchell Isler

Posted on March 3, 2016

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Dress in Blue Day began with Anita Mitchell Isler, a stage IV colon cancer survivor who lost a close friend and her father to the disease. Anita saw a need to bring greater awareness to a cancer not many people wanted to discuss. What started in her child’s classroom is now a nationally-recognized event where individuals across the country unite to honor those who have battled this disease. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dress in Blue Day, we also celebrate Anita and her dedication to spreading awareness and knocking out colon cancer.

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Run VMC Named DC Scope It Out Team of the Week!

Posted on March 2, 2016

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Run VMC Team Captain George Papachristos, from Vienna, Virginia, has been running in the DC Scope It Out 5K every year since completing treatment for colorectal cancer in the fall of 2005.  As a survivor, this race has extra special meaning for him–honoring all those who have been impacted by this disease. He uses this event to promote awareness and hope.

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February Fundraising Roundup

Posted on February 29, 2016

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Racing for Research in Sunny California

Surrounded by northern California wine country and a beautiful blue sky, friends, family and members of the colon cancer community came together to run and raise funds in memory of a beautiful soul: Roanne Cairel. On November 7, 2015, the fourth annual Roanne’s Race was the most successful so far—raising $12,500 for early-onset colon cancer research. 

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Get Ready for the BIG Colon Tour

Posted on February 24, 2016

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Our giant inflatable colon is back on the road this March for Colon Cancer Awareness Month! We’re excited to partner with Bayer Healthcare again for our nationwide initiative to spread awareness, and what better way to teach people about colon cancer than with an inflatable colon that features various stages of disease (normal colon tissue, Crohn’s Disease, polyp, malignant polyp, colon cancer & advanced colon cancer)?

The BIG Colon Tour, sponsored by Bayer Healthcare, LLC., is coming to a town near you! Check out our scheduled stops and be sure to check back as we add stops throughout the year.  

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