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Hero of the Month: Ken & Kurt Kiess

Posted on August 10, 2015

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Being diagnosed with colon cancer can be tough for anyone, especially when you aren’t expecting it. For Ken Kiess, who had a new marriage, new job and new home, the news was a tough pill to swallow. But instead of letting cancer define him, he sprung into action and even encouraged his family and friends to get involved in the fight.

Together, Ken and his family, including his twin brother Kurt, participated in this year’s Jersey Shore Undy Run/Walk where their team raised almost $40,000—the most in Undy history! We’re excited to honor both Ken and Kurt as Hero of the Month for their courage, inspiring story and tremendous efforts.

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Ken Adrian: My Colon Cancer Journey

Posted on July 23, 2015

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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.  

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Ask a Navigator: What Do Navigators Do?

Posted on July 15, 2015

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You’ve just heard the words, “You have cancer.” Now what?

That’s what our Patient Support Navigators are here for, helping to guide you through everything from screening and treatment to survivorship and getting back on your feet. You have enough to deal with, and it is our team’s goal to help make life a little easier – whether by answering questions or just listening.

We sat down with one of our newest bilingual navigator, Susy, to learn what she loves about her job and why Patient Navigators are so important.

Les presento a Susy, nuestra navegadora bilingüe y más reciente miembro de nuestro equipo de apoyo al paciente. 

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Volunteer of the Quarter: John Lloyd

Posted on July 13, 2015

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We continue to be inspired by the hundreds of volunteers who are out there on the front lines spearheading efforts to put colon cancer on the map and changing the face of this disease. That’s why we started the Volunteer of the Quarter feature—honoring and celebrating some of our most passionate, dedicated volunteers and sharing their stories so you can be inspired, too!

This quarter, we’re celebrating John Lloyd, our superstar volunteer who’s been dedicated for six years. From participating in our Buddy Program to being active in My CCA Support, you can always count on John to lend an ear—and tell a great joke!  

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Hero of the Month: Anne Bergersen

Posted on July 9, 2015

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From spreading awareness at health fairs to planning Phoenix Undy Run/Walks, Anne Bergersen has been dedicated to our Central Arizona Chapter from the very beginning. As a colon cancer survivor, she doesn’t hesitate to share her story or a few encouraging words; as a dedicated volunteer, she’s willing to do what it takes to give back to the community. The former Chapter Chair may have recently stepped down, but her legacy in the chapter lives on. That’s why we’re excited to honor her as our Hero of the Month.

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