Sign Up for Our E-Newsletter

Our Heroes

Over-sized Check has a Big Impact

Posted on December 24, 2014

Rumpshaker check presentation _small

Our very own Stephanie Guiffre, Prevention and Research Director, and Lauren Bennett, Prevention Programs Associate, were proud to accept this over-sized check recently from our friends at Rumpshakers, Inc. We’re partnering with this team to extend our Blue Hope Prevention Award, a program providing qualifying individuals with financial support for the cost of screening or other screening-related expenses such as transportation, child care and lost wages.  Read more

Cancer isn’t getting the best of me.

Posted on December 17, 2014

picstitch _ small2

My name is Grace De La Rosa and I am a stage III survivor.

I was diagnosed in August of 2005, after going to my doctor about dark spots on my legs and fatigue. I learned I was severely anemic and needed a blood transfusion.

The last thing I ever expected to hear the doctor say was cancer. I was only 38, and married with two children. I just kept thinking there has to have been some mistake. Read more

Undy Spotlight: Dawn Gagliardi

Posted on December 16, 2014

Dawn Gagliardi

Dawn Gagliardi was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at 31 years old. Through her years of treatment and seven surgeries, her positive attitude and drive to make a difference in this space never wavered. Following her diagnosis, she started volunteering in her local community, where she met others who also wanted to change the colon cancer scene in Georgia. Together, they got involved with our first-ever Atlanta Undy Run/Walk in a big way, helping increase participation and raising funds for the event. Learn more about Dawn’s journey and the footprint she has created!  Read more

Colon cancer pushed me. I pushed back.

Posted on December 11, 2014


My name is Fawn Lofton and I am a stage IIA survivor.

I was diagnosed at the age of 28, after an initial misdiagnosis the year before. As a personal trainer, I always tell people to push themselves. I never thought I would be the one having to push myself to stay alive. Read more

Hero of the Month: Dr. Marios Giannakis

Posted on December 8, 2014


Scientific research is among the best ways we can go on the offensive against colon cancer. That’s why we’ve launched the Blue Hope Research Award, a one-year fellowship providing vital resources and funding to a bright investigator interested in making his mark in the colon cancer space. This year, we utilized the American Association for Cancer Research peer-review process to select our first-ever Blue Hope Research Awardee, Marios Giannakis, M.D., Ph.D., who is taking a deeper look at biomarkers associated with personalized treatment of colon cancer. As we close out 2014 and the term of this first-ever award, we’re proud to report the seriously exciting strides this funding has allowed Dr. Giannakis and his team to make. Their findings are promising and underscore the importance of continued research in the area of biomarkers. Read more