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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

Woman of the Year: Candace Henley

Posted on March 4, 2015

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Rock star Colon Cancer Alliance volunteer, Candace Henley, was recently recognized by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority as their Woman of the Year for all of her fabulousness – we’re so proud of her! Candace became a member of this organization in 1993 because she strongly associated with the group’s principles of service, scholarship, finer womanhood and sisterhood. Every year the group celebrates people who have exhibited these principles in their day-to-day life, particularly those who have achieved excellence through exceptional community service and those who have overcome adversity – and that’s certainly fitting for Candace. After her own battle with colon cancer, Candace set out to increase awareness in the African American community through her Blue Hat Initiative. Learn more about Candace’s cancer journey and how she continues to make a difference year after year. Read more

Tribute to the Beloved Michelle Hastings

Posted on March 3, 2015

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It is with heavy hearts we mourn the loss of one of our dearest volunteers and advocates and active Central AZ Chapter member, Michelle Whitehead Hastings, who passed away Saturday. Michelle was the devoted mother of two, dedicated wife, daughter and heart and soul of the Arizona Chapter for two years. Her journey was long and hard, but she never, ever gave up hope; she always remained the feisty and tenacious Michelle we all knew and loved. Read more

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