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Hero of the Month: Joanne Hufford

Posted on February 10, 2015

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I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones. I have colonoscopies annually—because I have Lynch Syndrome, a genetic predisposition to certain cancers, including colon—which helped catch my colon cancer at Stage I.

Rather than dwell on the discouraging news of my diagnosis, I decided to look on the bright side and channel my energy into something positive. That’s when I saw a Facebook post about the Undy Run/Walk. The wealth of information I discovered on the Colon Cancer Alliance’s website after my diagnosis was very helpful to me, and I decided that the Undy could be my opportunity to help raise awareness about this disease that had so directly affected the life me and my family. Read more

Dawn Eicher: My Young Adult Cancer Story

Posted on January 27, 2015

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I had bleeding on an off since 1998. I was only 21 and my doctors didn’t think there was anything to be concerned about after I had a clean endoscopy. I told every doctor I went to about my bleeding. For years I was dubbed “too young” and they assumed it was “just hemorrhoids” and nothing serious, especially not cancer. Read more

Hero of the Month: Karen Eizman

Posted on January 13, 2015

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Our Hero of the Month features inspiring individuals who are going above and beyond in the fight against colon cancer. This month we’re honoring Karen Eizman. After losing her best friend to colon cancer, she set her mind to making a difference in the space and heightening awareness of this disease in her hometown of Philadelphia. She’s used her creative genius to get her community involved during National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Dress in Blue Day in March, and this year, she is asking you to get involved, too. Meet Karen and get inspired by what she has accomplished. Read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Brian Kothe & Weez Altomari

Posted on January 9, 2015

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We continue to be inspired by the hundreds of volunteers who are out there on the front lines, spearheading efforts to put colon cancer on the map and changing the face of this disease. That’s why we started the Volunteer Spotlight feature – honoring and celebrating some of our most passionate, dedicated volunteers and sharing their stories so you can be inspired, too! This month, we’re celebrating Brian Kothe and Weez Altomari from our Denver Undy Run/Walk. From getting the word out before the event to leading day-of logistics, these two rock stars make the Denver Undy what it is. Get to know them! Read more

I was only 27. I couldn’t leave my son.

Posted on December 30, 2014

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My name is Vanessa Ghigliotty and I am a stage IV survivor.

They told me, “Get your affairs in order as soon as possible.” That was my introduction to cancer 12 years ago.

I was diagnosed in April after months and months of symptoms and misdiagnoses. “You’re just stressed,” doctors had told me.”You’re a single mother, attending college and working part-time. What do you expect?” And while I knew something wasn’t right, I never expected to hear the word cancer. Read more

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