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Learning to Cope

Posted on December 9, 2015

Julie Zier Collage

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

Doctor Patient

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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A Survivor and Advocate’s Take on BIO Summit 2015

Posted on November 5, 2015


I’ve lost four friends to colon cancer this year and I’m afraid I’ll lose more before the year is out. While we have effective treatments for some, we still lose far too many to this disease. I wanted to know what I could do as a survivor and patient advocate to make a difference, so I went to Bio Summit 2015 to find out.

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Share Your Story!

Posted on September 10, 2015


This past June, genetic information company Invitae sent out a survey to gauge awareness about genetics and cancer. In response to their findings, Invitae is launching their public awareness campaign to encourage people to know their family history, talk with a clinician and consider genetic testing. 

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Pink-tober Preview: Not Just About Breast Health

Posted on September 8, 2015

Screen This Too 2015

What’s your best feature?

Maybe it’s the curly hair you inherited from your mom, the knack for cooking you got from your dad or the dimples that match your grandmother’s. The best parts about you are the things that make you stand out, the things that make you, well, you. So don’t you think those things are worth protecting?

Although October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, why limit it to just one part of your body?

This month is about you! We want to make sure you’re taking care of everything that makes you great—to pink and beyond! Protect all your assets, including your colon. We’ll debut some new shirts, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out a sneak peek of our new campaign poster and buttons, which is available for pre-order. Also, download these fun images to rock on your social media profiles and spread the word!