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Melody Ruggles: Nurse, Patient, Advocate, Internet Sensation

Posted on August 12, 2014

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In 2011, Melody, a nurse from Michigan, received shocking news: a colon cancer diagnosis. At only 39, she was years away from recommended screening and another jarring case of someone diagnosed younger than 50. With immediate surgery followed by chemotherapy, she was prepared to fight the long battle ahead.

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Powered By Hope: The Teri Griege Story

Posted on August 11, 2014

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Teri Griege is a competitive triathlete, marathoner and Ironman champion. But she is no ordinary superwoman. In 2009, following the Louisville Ironman, she began experiencing injuries and fatigue. Months later, she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and given a six percent chance of survival. Despite the devastating prognosis, Teri refused to let the disease get in the way of her dream: competing in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. In 2011, while still undergoing chemotherapy, Teri crossed the finish line in Kona at age 50. And now, you can read more about Teri’s life in the new book Powered By Hope: The Teri Griege Story, her inspirational story of alcoholism, cancer and beating the odds. Check out this sneak peek, and support our lifesaving mission by getting your copy through AmazonSmile. Read more

Hero of the Month: Paul Weigel

Posted on August 9, 2014

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At 43 years old, Paul Weigel was a father, husband, marathoner and triathlete. The closest he’d come to being a patient was while having a hip replaced. After having GI issues dismissed by his doctor for several years, he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. But despite many rounds of chemo and radiation and debilitating side effects, Paul was determined to beat his cancer. And on July 27th, six months after his last round of chemo, he achieved one of the proudest accomplishments of his life. Read more

“It isn’t cancer, is it?”

Posted on August 4, 2014

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“It isn’t cancer, is it?” asked David Prochnow to his doctor, half-jokingly. He was 35 at the time – healthy, active and happily married with two young children.

Before his doctor could respond, David knew. His worst fears were confirmed a few days later – stage III colorectal cancer. But David’s not alone -– nearly 15,000 people under age 50 are diagnosed every year. Read more

Board of Directors Spotlight: Kevin Lewis

Posted on July 14, 2014

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Fifteen years ago, there wasn’t an organization dedicated to a comprehensive approach to addressing colon cancer.  As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we’re proud to be leading the charge to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. Over the years we’ve seen increased screening rates, the approval of several new colon cancer fighting drugs and millions invested in lifesaving and supportive programs. In fact, in 2013 alone we invested $3.9 million in prevention, research and empowerment programs, providing hope to nearly one million patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates. Read more

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