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National Conference: Top 5 Moments

Posted on October 14, 2013

What a weekend! The 10th Colon Cancer Alliance National Conference has officially come to a close — so many amazing moments & memories made! Here are our top 5 (it was nearly impossible to narrow this down):

#1: All the hands that shot up when Jasmine asked who in the crowd were #CCAConf first-timers. We love seeing new faces & can’t wait to continue working with each of you! (Part II of this: reuniting with our long-timers. Seeing folks we’ve known for years is one of the most fulfilling parts of the Conference for us, hands down. The smiles & hugs are contagious!) Read more

National Conference Teaser: Cancer and Careers

Posted on October 9, 2013

We’re heading into our National Conference this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited about the lineup of speakers and presenters we’re hosting. Eva LaManna, Esq., a Project Manager at Cancer and Careers, is tackling one of the issues many in our community are up against: working during and after cancer. Find out what she’s got up her sleeve, from Ms. LaManna herself:

A cancer diagnosis can cause a great deal of fear and uncertainty. Issues arise that many people never anticipated having to deal with, from family and household to financial and legal. One of the biggest areas impacted is the work life of a survivor. Read more

Hero of the Month: Amy Kaplan

Posted on October 8, 2013

Amy Kaplan is a three-time cancer survivor. That’s right – she has battled, and beat, breast, cervical and colon cancer. As a retired teacher and now entrepreneur, Amy has gotten involved with the Colon Cancer Alliance as a Buddy and serves on the Survivor Advisory Board for the Connecticut Challenge. She’s been making noise about these diseases, and healthcare at large, since being diagnosed, even having the opportunity to ask President Obama a question in 2010 (check it out!). Let’s hear from Amy herself. Read more

Government Shutdown and the Effect on Cancer Patients

Posted on October 7, 2013

With our office less than a mile from the White House, and with everything from empty train cars to barren city streets, it’s easy to see the immediate effects of the government shutdown. But from our Helpline calls and Patient Support team, we’re also beginning to hear the far-reaching effect the closing of government services is having on a national scale for another group – cancer patients. Read more

Blue Note Fund Reaches 1,000 Award Milestone

Posted on October 7, 2013

What does the number 1,000 mean to you? This month, that number has particularly special significance for the Colon Cancer Alliance and the members of this amazing community.

Because two-and-a-half years after the creation of the Blue Note Fund, the signature Colon Cancer Alliance grant program assisting patients in need, we’ve officially given out more than 1,000 awards. To us, this number means 1,000 lives made a little bit easier and more than $300,000 donated to help inspiring survivors live their best lives. Recipients of our Blue Note Fund awards use the grants for everything from paying for their household utilities to paying for transportation to chemo and more. Read more