September 19, 2008
Colorectal Cancer Patient to Hike a 160 Mile Long Stretch of the Appalachian Trail
Hike aimed to improve awareness and support for the nation's second largest cancer killer
WASHINGTON, DC -- Andrew Stevens was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2005, he was given only a few months to live. Miraculously, with the outstanding help and support of his doctors, nurses and family, Andrew is nearing 4 years in the battle of this illness. To commemorate his incredible success, he will hike 160 miles along the Appalachian Trail, with his brother Daniel and friend Steve Roberts, from Rock Fish Gap in Waynesboro, VA to Harpers Ferry, WV. Andrew will begin the hike at Rock Fish Gap on October 12 and plans to arrive in Harpers Ferry on October 25th.
Andrew has been an inspiration and beacon of hope to many people currently living with colorectal cancer and their families and has dedicated this arduous hike to the mission of alerting more people to the dangers of colorectal cancer and the importance of early screening and strongly encourages support of the Colon Cancer Alliance. The CCA became a strong influence in the post-diagnosis life of Stage IV Colorectal cancer patient Andrew Stevens. "The greatest thing I took from the CCA is that it showed me I could still live a meaningful life even with cancer and chemo. It is extremely frustrating when you're faced with the prospect of having to live with cancer for a long time. What are we supposed to do? The CCA was the first organization that seemed devoted specifically to someone in my situation. The CCA is a major reason why I''m doing so well and I wanted to do this hike for myself, my friends and family and to further the efforts of CCA," stated Stevens.
You can learn more about Andrew and his upcoming journey on his webpage at www.cancertakesahike.org.
About the Colon Cancer Alliance
The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is a national patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colorectal cancer. We will increase rates of screening and survivorship by providing patient support, education, research and advocacy.
Today, CCA has over 37,000 members. Our help line receives an average of 700 calls monthly, and our support networks have assisted over 150,000 people. The growth and success of the organization is due in large part to caring volunteers who devote considerable time, skill and energy to achieving CCA's vision. Join us in our determination prevent and increase awareness of colorectal cancer. To learn more about CCA, visit the CCA website: www.ccalliance.org.