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Honoring My Mother Eartha Kitt This, And Every, Holiday Season

Posted on December 22, 2015

Kitt Shapiro

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. This disease affects men and women of all races and ages. It’s also affecting more and more people under 50—that’s right, colon cancer isn’t an “old white man’s disease.”

I have a personal connection to colon cancer. My mother, legendary entertainer Eartha Kitt, died from the disease on Christmas Day in 2008. She was active, fit and never got screened for colon cancer, feeling she was always healthy enough that she didn’t need see a doctor. Looking back, however, she had many symptoms she would shrug off thinking they were nothing more than a momentary discomfort. By the time she went for her first colonoscopy, we discovered she had stage III colon cancer; we learned the cells had migrated towards the liver after her surgery.

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Will You Help Save My Brother’s Life?

Posted on December 16, 2015

Kurt Collage Blog

I received a life-changing call from my twin brother Ken while vacationing with my family last December.

My name is Kurt and I am Ken Kiess’ identical twin brother. From birth, Ken and I have always been fighters; oftentimes fighting one another. But now, we’ve come together to fight something bigger than the both of us—colon cancer.

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Learning to Cope

Posted on December 9, 2015

Julie Zier Collage

The day Ken was diagnosed with colon cancer was the worst day of my life. Right after Christmas, Ken abruptly announced he was going to the hospital. The next time I saw him, he had already been admitted. Our lives changed forever after that moment.

This is my story. My name is Julie Zier and I am the wife and caregiver to Ken Kiess, a colon cancer warrior.

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Hero of the Month: Stafon Harris-Jackson

Posted on December 7, 2015


Stafon Harris-Jackson radiates happiness and positivity. So much so, that you may not know she survived colon cancer twice—years after losing her daughter to childhood cancer. While many may have felt defeated, Stafon uses these experiences to help others through her newly formed cancer foundation and speaking engagements. You may have even spotted the 46-year-old Texas native at this year’s National Conference or Dallas/Fort Worth Undy Run/Walk. We’re excited to honor this Renaissance woman as our December Hero of the Month!

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Hero of the Month: Maureen McLaughlin

Posted on November 9, 2015


Maureen McLaughlin is a daughter, wife, mother and woman on a mission. Inspired by colon cancer survivors in her family, Maureen started the annual Colon Cancer Crusaders 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk, an Undy Community Event in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Now in its third year, the run/walk shows no signs of stopping and we’re happy to honor its creator and event extraordinaire as our Hero of the Month!

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