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Remember to Shave This Too!

Posted on November 30, 2013

Have you noticed things getting a little hairy this November?

We’ve loved seeing colon cancer join Movember, the movement each November where men grow various forms of facial hair to bring attention to men’s health issues. This year several rock star fundraisers, including radio DJ Wes Styles, grew out their facial fuzz in support of colon health and the Colon Cancer Alliance — thank you, guys! Read more

We’re Thankful For…

Posted on November 27, 2013

Earlier this month we asked you what you’re thankful for this year. Now it’s our turn to share! 

“I’m thankful for the tenacity and spunk of a mission driven staff and for the increased confidence our donors have in our ability to make a seismic impact with colon cancer screening and survivorship.” – Jasmine Greenamyer, Interim CEO

“I’m thankful my mom beat her cancer diagnosis so my family and I have her around for years to come.” – Ali Ornitz, Fundraising Associate    Read more

13 Holiday Tips for Patients

Posted on November 26, 2013

The holidays can be a tough time of the year when you’re dealing with cancer. Check out this list of personal tips from our Patient Support Team and Helpline staff.

13 Holiday Tips for Patients, Survivors and Caregivers

  1. Acknowledge and be honest about your feelings – don’t force it when you don’t feel it. The holidays can be stressful enough without the added pressure of trying to “fake it.” It is normal to experience feelings of loss or sadness over how cancer has changed a special occasion. Share the low times AND the high times. Tears can be a big relief and very healing; laughter can be very relaxing.  Read more

Boxers and Briefs Take Over Phoenix Streets

Posted on November 25, 2013

Last Saturday, nearly 1,300 people ran in support of colon cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates at the Arizona State Capitol District in underwear-themed outfits in our 6th annual Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk. Even the Phoenix Suns Gorilla came out sporting banana print boxers, and was wildly popular with participants and their families.

The Undy 5000 costume contest was a hit, showcasing some fun and elaborate “undy” ensembles. Nolan the Colon, the Central Arizona Chapter’s giant inflatable colon, was a hot spot for photo opportunities during the event.     Read more

You Are Not a Statistic!

Posted on November 21, 2013

I thought it was something I’d eaten, or maybe just a lingering stomach bug. I never thought it could happen to me. My wife finally made me visit the emergency room, and that’s where I got the news – stage III colon cancer. I was only 56. 

Cancer can take over your life – it sucks up your energy and ravages your health. What doctors don’t tell you is how much cancer takes over your mind. The voice in your head asking “Will I make it?” The lingering doubts. The loneliness.  Read more