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Why Dress in Blue? Simple.

Posted on March 6, 2015

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Happy Dress in Blue Day! This special day began with Anita Mitchell, a stage IV colon cancer survivor. Ms. Mitchell saw a need to bring greater awareness to a cancer not many people wanted to discuss. What started in her child’s classroom in 2006 is now a nationally-recognized event where individuals across the country unite to celebrate and honor those who have battled this disease and work to knock it out of the top three cancer killers for good. Hear more from Anita. 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

Giant Colon: Coming to a City Near You

Posted on February 9, 2015

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Our giant inflatable colon is touring the U.S. yet again this March for Colon Cancer Awareness Month! We’re proud to partner with Bayer Healthcare LLC for the second consecutive year in this nationwide initiative to spread colon cancer awareness in a fun and exciting way. And there’s no better way to spread lifesaving information than with this attention-getter, featuring various stages of disease (normal colon tissue, Crohn’s Disease, polyp, malignant polyp, colon cancer & advanced colon cancer).  Read more

Never Too Young: Uniting to Make a Difference

Posted on February 5, 2015

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We know that, unlike for those over age 50, colon cancer is on the rise in those younger than 50. Too often we hear stories from folks in this group who are facing additional screening and diagnosis hurdles due to their age.  The signs and symptoms of colon can often be mistaken for other, less serious issues, and time and time again folks under age 50 are being faced with misdiagnoses and untimely diagnoses because their symptoms are not being taken seriously due to age. Read more

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