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Staying Sharp: Will You Meet Rodrick Samuels At Our Conference?

Posted on June 22, 2013

You’ve heard the old joke about the barber, entrepeneur and educator who walked into a bar, right? No?

Well, allow us to introduce Rodrick Samuels as a barber, cosmetologist, entrepreneur, business consultant and educator, who has clipped his way to the top of the beauty industry.

Rodrick is cutting through the unease surrounding colon cancer by spearheading the Shop Talk Movement, a campaign encouraging barbers and beauticians to start conversations about colon cancer while cutting their client’s hair. Genius, right? Read more

Hero of the Month: Leave It on the Road

Posted on June 18, 2013

On June 17th, Mike Tabtabai and Drew Hudon set out on Leave it on the Road, a 3,500 bike ride across the country. In just 24 days, they journeyed from Oregon to Massachusetts, raising money and awareness for the Colon Cancer Alliance and Colon Club along the way. We sat down with Mike and Drew to hear what inspired them to get involved and how their cause is gaining momentum.

What inspired you to start cycling?

Mike: I got into cycling in my mid 20’s as a way to stay fit. I ended up falling in love with the sport and the evolutionary nature of building fitness on the bike. As Greg Lemond famously said: “It never gets easier, you just go faster.”

Drew: It’s hard to really say when I actually started.  Growing up, I got into racing mountain bikes, then got into road bikes as cross training for speed skating, and then started racing those. When I was in college, there was a nightclub fire in Rhode Island where 101 people died. I organized a ride to benefit the victims and their families. That was when I realized I could use my bike to inspire people and bring change. The rides and the message have grown since then, but the basic principles have remained the same: push myself to my physical limits to get people’s attention and tell a story that needs to be heard. Read more

Never Too Young: Jason Spohn

Posted on June 5, 2013

In 2004, Jason’s father passed away after a six-year battle with colon cancer. After taking care of his dad during his last six months, Jason swore he would get checked so he never had to experience what his dad had. The team at Johns Hopkins told Jason it was a genetic mutation and to get screened before his mid-30s — advice he knew he had to take as soon as possible.

A Diagnosis
I tried to schedule a colonoscopy starting at age 29 but health insurance at the time would not cover it, as I wasn’t yet 50. After I moved to a new job and my health coverage changed, I immediately scheduled the screening. After the colonoscopy, I was told I had a spot and the gastroenterologist was sending it through to see if it was cancer.

That was on a Friday, making for the longest weekend in the world. I couldn’t escape the fear. On Monday, I went in and was told I had cancer. We scheduled the surgery for two days after my 32nd birthday — what a birthday present! Read more