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Remembering David Cohen

Posted on September 10, 2014

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I want to share my father’s story with the world.

Education on colon cancer was always something my father pushed for. He was an advocate for screening and research and tried his hardest to become his own doctor. I have been blessed to share his story through his own words and outlook through this self-made video. I started documenting my father’s stage IV colon cancer journey in May 2013 and little did we know five months later, on September 16th, he would pass. This documentary is difficult for me and my family to share, but I am grateful to share it. Although this disease is painful and deadly for many patients and family members, it strengthened our family and showed us the most important things in life.  Read more

Hero of the Month: Dottie Mattern

Posted on September 2, 2014

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At 70 years young, Dottie Mattern is in better physical condition than most 50-year-olds, but she is not taking that for granted as she makes final preparation for the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball coast-to-coast endurance ride. This 12-year colon cancer survivor takes off from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 5th and will make the 4,150 mile trek to Tacoma, Washington on a quest to raise money for the Colon Cancer Alliance and Antique Motorcycle Foundation. Get to know Dottie and find out why we’re utterly inspired by this cancer warrior and motorcycling grandmom. Read more

“Somewhere I Never Thought I Would Be”

Posted on August 28, 2014

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“There were people dressed as super heroes, somber families remembering loved ones lost and enthusiastic survivors celebrating their monumental fight. Although I could pick out my teammates from the crowd by their neon shirts, I felt alone. The emotion of the event overwhelmed me from the moment I arrived. It was a steamy day in downtown Philadelphia and my group of family and friends were joining me at the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Undy Run/Walk. It was the first thing colon cancer related event that I had ever participated in, and it was somewhere I never thought I would be.” Read more

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

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