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Hero of the Month: Karen Eizman

Posted on January 13, 2015

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Our Hero of the Month features inspiring individuals who are going above and beyond in the fight against colon cancer. This month we’re honoring Karen Eizman. After losing her best friend to colon cancer, she set her mind to making a difference in the space and heightening awareness of this disease in her hometown of Philadelphia. She’s used her creative genius to get her community involved during National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Dress in Blue Day in March, and this year, she is asking you to get involved, too. Meet Karen and get inspired by what she has accomplished. Read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Brian Kothe & Weez Altomari

Posted on January 9, 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 Spotlight feature – honoring and celebrating some of our most passionate, dedicated volunteers and sharing their stories so you can be inspired, too! This month, we’re celebrating Brian Kothe and Weez Altomari from our Denver Undy Run/Walk. From getting the word out before the event to leading day-of logistics, these two rock stars make the Denver Undy what it is. Get to know them! Read more

I was only 27. I couldn’t leave my son.

Posted on December 30, 2014

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My name is Vanessa Ghigliotty and I am a stage IV survivor.

They told me, “Get your affairs in order as soon as possible.” That was my introduction to cancer 12 years ago.

I was diagnosed in April after months and months of symptoms and misdiagnoses. “You’re just stressed,” doctors had told me.”You’re a single mother, attending college and working part-time. What do you expect?” And while I knew something wasn’t right, I never expected to hear the word cancer. Read more

7 Tips for Managing a Cancer Diagnosis

Posted on December 29, 2014

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As a stage IV colon cancer survivor, Randy Cox has been a volunteer and Buddy with the Colon Cancer Alliance since April 2012. We’re inspired by Randy because even while struggling with ongoing treatment, he continues to reach out to the community with his story in an effort to save lives and improve treatment for colon cancer patients. His willingness to help with any volunteer opportunity has been touching to the Colon Cancer Alliance, and his strength has been a pillar of hope for newly diagnosed patients all over the country. From one patient to another, Randy put together this list of 7 ways to maintain your sanity in the face of a cancer diagnosis. Read more

Over-sized Check has a Big Impact

Posted on December 24, 2014

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Our very own Stephanie Guiffre, Prevention and Research Director, and Lauren Bennett, Prevention Programs Associate, were proud to accept this over-sized check recently from our friends at Rumpshakers, Inc. We’re partnering with this team to extend our Blue Hope Prevention Award, a program providing qualifying individuals with financial support for the cost of screening or other screening-related expenses such as transportation, child care and lost wages.  Read more

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