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National Volunteer Week 2.0

Posted on April 11, 2014

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What a great week! We LOVE recognizing our inspirational volunteers during National Volunteer Week because these are the tenacious individuals who make our mission possible. From speakers to advocates to fundraisers and more, our volunteers bring our mission to the local level. Thank you again to ALL of the amazing people who help move our mission forward – we couldn’t do this without you! Read more

It’s National Volunteer Week – We <3 Our Volunteers!

Posted on April 7, 2014

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It’s National Volunteer Week and that means…we have the chance to recognize the tenacious and inspirational individuals who make our mission possible. From speakers to advocates to fundraisers and more, our volunteers bring our mission to the local level. Colon Cancer Alliance volunteers are the hands and feet of our organization. After all, where would we be in the fight against colon cancer without them? It is truly our honor to recognize our volunteers this week, and thank you to ALL of the amazing people who help move our mission forward! Read more

Hero of the Month: Jay Nadas

Posted on April 4, 2014

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In 2009, Jay Nadas lost his best friend, Rob Nelson, to colon cancer after being diagnosed at the young age of 32. Since then, he’s made it his mission to get colon cancer on the map in a big way. Through his employer, Walgreens, he’s worked tirelessly to amplify education about the disease on their corporate campus and has big plans for the future. We’re both humbled and inspired by the work Jay has done. For all he has accomplished and his future plans to knock out colon cancer, we are proud to honor Jay our April Hero of the Month. Read more

Living with Hope: My Cancer Journey

Posted on April 1, 2014

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Living with stage IV colon cancer is something I have been doing for a very long time now. I was diagnosed when I was 31 years old and told I had six months to live. That was more than 10 years ago. When I was diagnosed, I was a statistic – one of more than 150,000 Americans who are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. Even though I was told I only had a few months to live, I couldn’t stop myself from searching for hope and looking for answers. After I was urged to get my affairs in order, I learned about Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) using microspheres in combination with chemotherapy. I’m still living with cancer today, but thanks to SIRT, my quality of life is great and I am beating the odds. Read more

A Tribute to Jake Lyons

Posted on March 31, 2014

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With deep sadness, we remember Jake Lyons, who passed away last month at age 31. A true joy and pleasure to know, Jake touched so many with his spirit and passion for helping others.

I first met Jake as I worked with him during the Colon Cancer Alliance’s 2013 holiday fundraising campaign. Jake was so excited to give back and through his battle with stage IV colon cancer, he never lost enthusiasm for life. Read more

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