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Hero of the Month: Paul Weigel

Posted on August 9, 2014

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At 43 years old, Paul Weigel was a father, husband, marathoner and triathlete. The closest he’d come to being a patient was while having a hip replaced. After having GI issues dismissed by his doctor for several years, he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. But despite many rounds of chemo and radiation and debilitating side effects, Paul was determined to beat his cancer. And on July 27th, six months after his last round of chemo, he achieved one of the proudest accomplishments of his life. Read more

“It isn’t cancer, is it?”

Posted on August 4, 2014

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“It isn’t cancer, is it?” asked David Prochnow to his doctor, half-jokingly. He was 35 at the time – healthy, active and happily married with two young children.

Before his doctor could respond, David knew. His worst fears were confirmed a few days later – stage III colorectal cancer. But David’s not alone -– nearly 15,000 people under age 50 are diagnosed every year. Read more

Board of Directors Spotlight: Kevin Lewis

Posted on July 14, 2014

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Fifteen years ago, there wasn’t an organization dedicated to a comprehensive approach to addressing colon cancer.  As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we’re proud to be leading the charge to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. Over the years we’ve seen increased screening rates, the approval of several new colon cancer fighting drugs and millions invested in lifesaving and supportive programs. In fact, in 2013 alone we invested $3.9 million in prevention, research and empowerment programs, providing hope to nearly one million patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates. Read more

Hero of the Month: Marty Andrews

Posted on July 4, 2014

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After experiencing symptoms for months and being ignored by his doctors, Marty Andrews took his health into his own hands. At 33 years old, he demanded his primary care physician send him to a specialist. His symptoms had gotten so bad that he met his GI’s recommendation of a colonoscopy with open arms. His screening resulted in an unexpected diagnosis: stage III rectal cancer. Marty has shared his cancer story in various ways over the years, becoming a Colon Cancer Alliance volunteer and most recently posing as a model for The Colon Club’s 2014 Colondar. In fact, his featured month just kicked off! Learn more about Marty and how his volunteerism has impacted his own journey. Read more

Fatherhood & Cancer: Richard’s Story

Posted on June 13, 2014

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When I was originally diagnosed with colon cancer, I was on the way to meet my wife and son at Bob Evans for a “kids eat free” meal. Unexpectedly, I received a call from the GI. He sounded distraught, so immediately I tried to put him at ease. (You read that right!) He was not used to delivering this kind of news to someone my age. He just kept apologizing to me. He had assured me that I was too young to have this disease at age 41, and with a 4-year-old son. When I got off the phone, I sat in the parking lot trying to determine what it would all mean, and how my family would react; all I could think of was my son growing up without a dad. Being a father to a now 7-year-old son and a 21-year-old daughter has had a tremendous impact on the way I treat my cancer and the decisions I make as I go along this journey. Thankfully, I am still alive and kicking. Read more

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