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Colon Cancer Alliance and Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation Merge Organizations

Posted on December 31, 2015

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Colon Cancer Alliance + Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation = Chemistry

So much chemistry, that we’ve merged—forming an unbreakable bond to better serve you! The Colon Cancer Alliance has a long-standing credible reputation and Chris4Life is known for its creative and personal mission.Together, we will accelerate a joint mission where more people will be screened for this unique cancer and where more patients and survivors are supported so they can live longer, better lives. This will be done by advancing research, screening and patient support programs.

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Cancer Won’t Define Me

Posted on December 30, 2015

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I am so many things to different people—a father, a husband, a brother—but now, most importantly, I am a warrior.

My name is Ken Kiess and this is my story with colon cancer.

I was in pain for about six weeks when I decided to go to the hospital last year after Christmas. I couldn’t imagine it being anything as serious as cancer. I didn’t tell anyone about the pain—not even my wife, Julie. I was only 50 with no family history when I was diagnosed with colon cancer on December 30, 2014.

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Will You Help Save My Brother’s Life?

Posted on December 16, 2015

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I received a life-changing call from my twin brother Ken while vacationing with my family last December.

My name is Kurt and I am Ken Kiess’ identical twin brother. From birth, Ken and I have always been fighters; oftentimes fighting one another. But now, we’ve come together to fight something bigger than the both of us—colon cancer.

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Learning to Cope

Posted on December 9, 2015

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The day Ken was diagnosed with colon cancer was the worst day of my life. Right after Christmas, Ken abruptly announced he was going to the hospital. The next time I saw him, he had already been admitted. Our lives changed forever after that moment.

This is my story. My name is Julie Zier and I am the wife and caregiver to Ken Kiess, a colon cancer warrior.

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How Patients Define Value

Posted on December 4, 2015

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The days of medical providers assuming they know what patients want is ending. Government agencies, industry and healthcare providers all want to know what patients value. What is important to patients? How can we find out? How can we help patients?

Early in my treatment, a doctor walked in and said, “What can I do for you Mr. Clay?” A nice open-ended question designed to find out what I valued. The problem?  I didn’t know enough to know what I wanted or what he could do.

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