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Volunteer Spotlight: Jasmin Mejia

Posted on April 6, 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 Jasmin Mejia from the Colon Cancer Alliance Central Arizona Chapter. From her involvement driving Latino outreach efforts to answering Spanish calls on our Helpline and her relentless dedication as a chapter board member, Jasmin continues to touch lives of those in Arizona and beyond. Get to know her! Read more

Best Wishes for Martha Raymond

Posted on April 2, 2015

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From volunteer to dedicated colleague, Martha Raymond has exemplified class and dedication to carrying out our mission to knock out colon cancer. Her new role as Executive Director at Michael’s Mission will be an opportunity for her to continue being a beacon of hope for those impacted by colon cancer and to share the message of prevention with all. In preparation for today, Martha’s last day at the Colon Cancer Alliance, we took some time to reflect what the last 3 ½ years have meant to her. Read more

In Memoriam: Dov Siporin

Posted on March 30, 2015

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We lost a tremendously loved man, dad, husband and friend last week.

Scrolling through Dov’s Facebook page, it’s easy to see that Dov held a special place in many lives. Dov had a unique gift to bring hope and laughter to everyone he met through his unceasing charisma, wit, sense of humor and determination. Read more

Our AZ Chapter Does It Again!

Posted on March 19, 2015

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On Saturday, March 14, the tireless energizer bunnies of our Arizona Chapter hosted the 2nd Annual Survivorship Symposium – Life Before, During and After Colorectal Cancer.  Exactly 100 folks attended with 10 participants who came from areas outside Phoenix, even one who flew in from Hawaii for the second year in a row! Of the 100 attendees, the chapter hosted 31 survivors. And the feedback from these attendees was top-notch. 

“This symposium changed my life last year,” said one survivor. “It gave me the tools I needed to discuss my treatment back home with my doctors. I wasn’t going to miss this year’s symposium.” Using feedback from last year’s attendees, this FREE annual event featured experts discussing the latest advances in colorectal cancer treatment and patient support topics. Check out the Arizona Chapter’s website to view the fabulously informative presentations.

·         Colon Cancer: The Emotional Impact of Diagnosis and Treatment   Dr. Robert Bright, Vice Chair of Education, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Psychology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

·         Cancer Caregivers: The Unsung Heroes   Barbara Kavanagh, Arizona Myeloma Network 

·         Colorectal Cancer 2015: An Overview   Dr. Peter Lance, Deputy Director, University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center 

·         Survivorship and Patient Care Plans   Dr. Kerry Tobias, Medical Director, Supportive Care and Survivorship, University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center 

·         Nutrition with Colorectal Cancer  Terri Taylor, Oncological Nutritionist, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare

Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information about colon health. If you have additional questions about colon cancer screening or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. We’re here to help.

Hero of the Month: Dr. James Yoo

Posted on March 9, 2015

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Dr. James Yoo is a colorectal surgeon at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Beyond his remarkable accomplishments in the medical field, specifically in the areas of lab research and the development of new surgical approaches, this year, he and his team are taking Colon Cancer Month by storm! Between Twitter chats and in-person events, they’re creating quite a buzz in Boston and beyond. We’re so inspired to see medical professionals, like Dr. Yoo and the team at Tufts, getting involved with March in a hands-on way. Together with survivors, medical professionals and advocates across the country, we’re putting colon cancer on the map and saving lives. Thank you, Dr. Yoo, for being part of this movement! Read more

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