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Hero of the Month: John Morrissey

Posted on July 11, 2016

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From the ground to the sky, traffic reporter John Morrissey is knocking out colon cancer one mile at a time. His efforts as emcee at this year’s Denver Undy Run/Walk, just months after he learned he had colon cancer, is a testament to his courage and generous spirit. That’s why we’re honored to have him as our Hero of the Month!

Read on to learn more about how John got involved in the Undy Run and his advice to others who’ve been recently diagnosed.   

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Gina’s Journey

Posted on June 14, 2016

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I’d just had a baby boy via C-section. I recovered quickly from that surgery and adjusted well to having my baby Charlie home. When Charlie was about two months old, I started getting stomach cramps, but they were only when I first woke up.

It started as a few minutes of cramping then progressed. It got to the point that I had to stop nursing and wake my husband up just so I could go sit on the toilet. I would sit on the toilet for 20-30 minutes each morning, but the rest of the day I’d be fine.

But I wasn’t concerned about the cramping. I already had a lot on my plate.

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Hero of the Month: Kevin Hays

Posted on June 13, 2016

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Kevin Hays is an inspiration to us all. As a young survivor diagnosed with colon cancer at age 28, Kevin has overcome challenges that motivated him to help others affected by this disease. His dedication as an Undy Engagement Committee member, incredible planning efforts in the 2016 Buffalo Undy Run/Walk and innovative awareness campaign reflect this commitment. That’s why we’re honored to feature Kevin as our June Hero of the Month!

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Hero of the Month: Team Britton

Posted on May 10, 2016

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Britton Butler may have only been 22 years old when doctors diagnosed him with colon cancer, but he didn’t let that stop him from giving back. In an effort to help less fortunate patients undergoing treatment, he organized a tournament for one of his favorite sports: golf. Unfortunately, Britton never got to see his dream realized, as he passed away just three months before the first tournament.

His family and friends, lovingly known as Team Britton, took up the torch and made sure Britton’s dream came true. Now in its fifth year, the Annual Team Britton Golf Tournament has raised more than $30,000 to support patients through our Blue Hope Financial Assistance program. We got a chance to speak with Britton’s mother Debbie and Stanley, who heads the organization, about Britton’s legacy, the annual tournament and more!

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Volunteer of the Quarter: Michele Batista

Posted on May 5, 2016

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We continue to be inspired by the hundreds of volunteers out there on the front lines spearheading efforts to put colon cancer on the map. That’s why we started the Volunteer of the Quarter feature: to honor and celebrate some of our most passionate, dedicated volunteers and share their stories so you can be inspired!

This quarter, we’re honoring Michelle Batista, who’s been a rock star volunteer for three years. As a survivor, she’s shared her story through blogs and publications, supported newly diagnosed patients in our Buddy program and even took home an Undy Run/Walk award! This year, she helped her town go blue for Colon Cancer Awareness Month and we can’t thank her enough. Learn more about Michele and how you can get involved.

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