Posted on September 3, 2015
Jake Lyons was only 27 when he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Through it all, Jake never lost his excitement for life, love for his family, friends and coworkers or his passion to help others. This passion led to Jake’s involvement with the Colon Cancer Alliance—from volunteering to participating and speaking at our Undy Run/Walk, he was committed to finding a cure.
In Jake’s memory, his family continues to spread awareness and work tirelessly for a world where no one is affected by colon cancer. That’s why we’re honored to spotlight the Lyons Family as our Hero of the Month for all of their efforts, including founding the Annual Jake Lyons Memorial “Cancer Sucks” Golf Classic and contributing to this year’s Blue Hope Research Award to help fund under 50 research. Jake’s mother Cheryl Lyons tells us more about her son, his journey and his legacy.
Posted on July 27, 2015
Last month, we traveled to Chicago to attend the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Annual Meeting. This is where the top up-and-coming cancer research from the year is presented to more than 25,000 experts, advocates, doctors, researchers and scientists from around the world.
As the co-founder of the Never Too Young coalition and an organization that is currently investing in under 50 research, it was exciting to see young-onset colorectal cancer being recognized by the research community. The study results, however, were less than comforting.
Stephanie Guiffre, our Never Too Young Coalition Director and one of the founders of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, pulled together the top findings presented this year.
Posted on July 23, 2015
Ken Adrian knows all too well that you’re never too young for colon cancer. Diagnosed right after his 40th birthday, Ken is now sharing his experience and educating others on his blog My Colon Cancer Journey. We had a chance to speak with Ken about life after diagnosis and why he started blogging.
Posted on June 26, 2015
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.
On June 16, we hosted “My Story: Colon Cancer Before 50” as part of the Never Too Young Coalition’s Young Survivors Week. We heard from four young survivors and Dr. Christopher Lieu, who informed us about this rising trend, including signs, symptoms and the importance of family history.
If you couldn’t make the webinar, you’re in luck! Here are the top 5 takeaways, along with the replay:
Posted on June 10, 2015
Scientific research is important to better understand colon cancer and stay on the offensive against this disease. That’s why we created the Blue Hope Research Award, a one-year fellowship providing vital resources and funding to a bright investigator interested in making his or her mark in the colon cancer space.
This month, we’re honoring our second Blue Hope Research Award recipient Kent W. Mouw, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Mouw, who’s currently a resident at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will be studying a newly discovered genetic mutation found in colon cancer patients diagnosed under the age of 50. Learn more about Dr. Mouw and why his research is so important to helping us understand the rising trend of young-onset colon cancer.