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3-Time Cancer Survivor: Deena Louise Wener

Posted on October 31, 2013

I thought I’d had cancer beat after I was diagnosed with lung cancer at 28 and had half a lung removed. The truth is, I had colon cancer symptoms, which I ignored, for 18 months. In hindsight, it was such a stupid thing to do. In fact, my gynecologist found blood during my annual exam and recommended I see a gastroenterologist, but I didn’t.

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Announcing…National Sapphire Awards Winners

Posted on October 28, 2013

We know a future free of colon cancer is possible, but not without a dedicated community of individuals and organizations. That’s why at our National Conference earlier this month, we recognized some of the most inspiring innovators and leaders in the colon cancer field at the second annual Sapphire Awards ceremony. The awards were presented to an eclectic group of colon cancer advocates who are working to take down this disease. Couldn’t be there? Check out who won what below! Read more

Dallas Undy 5000 Honors Young Woman’s Cancer Battle

Posted on October 24, 2013

In 2006, Kelly Rider-Williams, a 26 year-old Dallas resident, was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. High school geography teacher by day and activist by night, Kelly was determined to raise awareness about this disease. Despite the grueling chemotherapy and radiation, Kelly continued teaching, started her own colon cancer jewelry line and led the charge to bring the Colon Cancer Alliance’s signature event, the Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk, to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Read more

5 Tips for Foolproof Fundraising Success

Posted on October 21, 2013

You have colon cancer. Nobody is ever prepared to hear these four words, but once you — or a loved one — is touched by this horrible disease, it’s natural to want to do everything possible to make sure nobody else has to hear these words again. In our line of work, we see patients, survivors, caregivers, and advocates that adopt colon cancer prevention as their personal mission, and we know that with a few tips and Colon Cancer Alliance resources, anybody can fundraise if they put their mind to it.  Read more

Mentorship, Friendship, Survivorship: Buddy Program

Posted on October 17, 2013

When my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer 15 years ago, we were left feeling numb, confused and not quite sure what to do. We knew nothing about this cancer and had nowhere to turn for answers or support. Mostly, I was looking for hope that people survive this disease!

That’s why, when I got involved as a founding member of the Colon Cancer Alliance, one of my top priorities was to create programs and resources to help patients through some of the most challenging moments of their lives, especially the newly diagnosed. Read more