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Hero of the Month: Anita Mitchell Isler

Posted on March 3, 2016

Anita Mitchell HOTM

Dress in Blue Day began with Anita Mitchell Isler, a stage IV colon cancer survivor who lost a close friend and her father to the disease. Anita saw a need to bring greater awareness to a cancer not many people wanted to discuss. What started in her child’s classroom is now a nationally-recognized event where individuals across the country unite to honor those who have battled this disease. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dress in Blue Day, we also celebrate Anita and her dedication to spreading awareness and knocking out colon cancer.

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Run VMC Named DC Scope It Out Team of the Week!

Posted on March 2, 2016


Run VMC Team Captain George Papachristos, from Vienna, Virginia, has been running in the DC Scope It Out 5K every year since completing treatment for colorectal cancer in the fall of 2005.  As a survivor, this race has extra special meaning for him–honoring all those who have been impacted by this disease. He uses this event to promote awareness and hope.

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February Fundraising Roundup

Posted on February 29, 2016

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Racing for Research in Sunny California

Surrounded by northern California wine country and a beautiful blue sky, friends, family and members of the colon cancer community came together to run and raise funds in memory of a beautiful soul: Roanne Cairel. On November 7, 2015, the fourth annual Roanne’s Race was the most successful so far—raising $12,500 for early-onset colon cancer research. 

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Fertility Preservation: The Good, the Ugly & Giving Cancer the Finger

Posted on February 24, 2016

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Fertility preservation is one way to be in control. It’s like telling cancer, ‘You can’t take this away from me.’ No matter the outcome of my journey, I or someone else will benefit from my eggs. It’s a metaphorical middle finger to cancer.”

In the United States, approximately 10% of all colon cancer cases are diagnosed in individuals under age 50. While many treatment side effects are the same no matter your age, there are unique challenges those who are diagnosed and going through treatment under age 50 may encounter.

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My Chemo Valentine

Posted on February 9, 2016

Crawford Clay and his two daughters.

I’m a stage III rectal cancer survivor.

My last chemo was Valentine’s Day eleven years ago, back in 2005. Physically, I felt terrible-lost in the fog of chemo and tired beyond belief. But emotionally, I felt great. I had done it. I made it through to the end!

Little did I know, it wasn’t really over.

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