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Hero of the Month: Kevin Hays

Posted on June 13, 2016

Kevin Hays HOTM

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


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


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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In Memoriam: Remembering Sue Kidera

Posted on April 21, 2016


The Colon Cancer Alliance experienced the death of a dear volunteer, Sue Kidera, who died earlier this month on April 9th, 2016. Sue was a 10+ year stage IV survivor who was loved by all. Over the years, she helped countless others with her knowledge of managing her disease as well as the support and love she so freely gave to other patients.

The void she leaves on our Blue Hope Nation Facebook page, our Buddy Program and in our group chat room is too enormous to adequately put into words.

The Colon Cancer Alliance extends our deepest sympathy to Sue’s husband, Tom, and her children, Kate, Helsa and Tom as well as her beloved grandchildren, William, Brooke and James and many dear friends and family. Read more

Hero of the Month: Bravelets™

Posted on April 11, 2016


Stephanie Hansen started Bravelets™, a jewelry company with giving at its core, when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. What started out as something Stephanie’s family could wear as a symbol of hope in support of her mother has gone on to impact so many people. That’s because Bravelets™ donates $10 of every item to charity. In fact, they’ve donated more than $22,000 to the Colon Cancer Alliance! We thank Bravelets™ for helping us advance our mission and reminding so many to be brave in tough times.

We had a chance to speak with Bravelets™ Operations Manager Ben Aldridge to learn more about why giving is so important to the company.

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