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Walk Before You Run: Ed Sorensen’s Undy Victory

Posted on September 24, 2015

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If you were at this year’s Nashville Undy Run/Walk, you may have seen Ed Sorensen run by you! What you may not have known, though, is that Ed walked the Undy last year—just three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer and two months after surgery. After that race, Ed vowed to train so he could run the next year. And he did—with his family, friends and wife Julie rooting for him. We got a chance to speak with Julie and Ed about running in the Undy and why it meant so much to them.

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Hero of the Month: The Lyons Family

Posted on September 3, 2015


Jake Lyons was only 27 when he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Through it all, Jake never lost his excitement for life, love for his family, friends and coworkers or his passion to help others. This passion led to Jake’s involvement with the Colon Cancer Alliance—from volunteering to participating and speaking at our Undy Run/Walk, he was committed to finding a cure.  

In Jake’s memory, his family continues to spread awareness and work tirelessly for a world where no one is affected by colon cancer. That’s why we’re honored to spotlight the Lyons Family as our Hero of the Month for all of their efforts, including founding the Annual Jake Lyons Memorial “Cancer Sucks” Golf Classic and contributing to this year’s Blue Hope Research Award to help fund under 50 research. Jake’s mother Cheryl Lyons tells us more about her son, his journey and his legacy.

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Medical Scientific Advisory Committee: Welcome to Our Newest Members

Posted on August 31, 2015

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We’re thrilled to welcome the newest members of our Medical Scientific Advisory Committee! This committee serves as advisors on new treatments, medications and other key issues related to colon cancer. The committee members volunteer their time and expertise to ensure the information we provide you is both accurate and ethical.

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Hero of the Month: Ken & Kurt Kiess

Posted on August 10, 2015


Being diagnosed with colon cancer can be tough for anyone, especially when you aren’t expecting it. For Ken Kiess, who had a new marriage, new job and new home, the news was a tough pill to swallow. But instead of letting cancer define him, he sprung into action and even encouraged his family and friends to get involved in the fight.

Together, Ken and his family, including his twin brother Kurt, participated in this year’s Jersey Shore Undy Run/Walk where their team raised almost $40,000—the most in Undy history! We’re excited to honor both Ken and Kurt as Hero of the Month for their courage, inspiring story and tremendous efforts.

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Ken Adrian: My Colon Cancer Journey

Posted on July 23, 2015

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Ken Adrian knows all too well that you’re never too young for colon cancer. Diagnosed right after his 40th birthday, Ken is now sharing his experience and educating others on his blog My Colon Cancer Journey. We had a chance to speak with Ken about life after diagnosis and why he started blogging.  

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