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Hero of the Month: Central Arizona Chapter

Posted on October 10, 2014


The passion and dedication of our Central Arizona Chapter continue to elevate our organization and inspire us every day. With the Phoenix Undy Run/Walk approaching next month, we’ve seen their hard work out in full force recently. Find out what drives this group and why they’re super excited for next month’s Undy! Read more

In Memoriam: Gordon Cole

Posted on September 29, 2014

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This tribute is written by Jeannie Moore, Colon Cancer Alliance Co-Founder and Patient Support Navigator.

I have been blessed to have known Gordon Cole for 10 years and to call him my friend.

We lost a true advocate and friend on September 26, 2014. There are no words to adequately express our sadness at the loss of Gordon, and it’s hard to say goodbye to a gentleman who was a friend to all who were lucky enough to have their paths cross with his.  Read more

Dottie’s Ride Continues to Inspire

Posted on September 17, 2014

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70-year-old colon cancer survivor Dottie Mattern has four more days of riding before she crosses the finish line in Tacoma, Washington to complete the Motorcycle Cannonball Ride. She has been training for months, preparing for the ride where she is raising funds for the Colon Cancer Alliance and Antique Motorcycle Foundation. Although she’s been met with some unforeseen challenges along the way, Dottie remains on track to reach the finish line on time – she’s killing it! Read more

Remembering David Cohen

Posted on September 10, 2014

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I want to share my father’s story with the world.

Education on colon cancer was always something my father pushed for. He was an advocate for screening and research and tried his hardest to become his own doctor. I have been blessed to share his story through his own words and outlook through this self-made video. I started documenting my father’s stage IV colon cancer journey in May 2013 and little did we know five months later, on September 16th, he would pass. This documentary is difficult for me and my family to share, but I am grateful to share it. Although this disease is painful and deadly for many patients and family members, it strengthened our family and showed us the most important things in life.  Read more

Hero of the Month: Dottie Mattern

Posted on September 2, 2014

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At 70 years young, Dottie Mattern is in better physical condition than most 50-year-olds, but she is not taking that for granted as she makes final preparation for the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball coast-to-coast endurance ride. This 12-year colon cancer survivor takes off from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 5th and will make the 4,150 mile trek to Tacoma, Washington on a quest to raise money for the Colon Cancer Alliance and Antique Motorcycle Foundation. Get to know Dottie and find out why we’re utterly inspired by this cancer warrior and motorcycling grandmom. Read more