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Hero of the Month: Vicki Barrilleaux

Posted on January 9, 2014

Immediately after kicking her own colon cancer’s butt, Vicki Barrilleaux was dealt another devastating blow when her only sister was diagnosed. Turning her own hardship into hope, she set out to educate those in her Texas community and beyond about the risks, symptoms and very real threat of this disease. Through her unyielding activism, especially during Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Vicki has single-handedly increased colon cancer screenings and awareness, saving friends and neighbors from the adversity she experienced. Read more

A Tribute to Gloria Borges

Posted on January 6, 2014

Most days, I wake up knowing that I have one of the best jobs in the world. That is what makes days like this all the more brutal.

Even after three years of working at the Colon Cancer Alliance, it still hits me hard every time I get the news that we’ve lost one of our own. Every. Single. Time. Read more

Learn the Facts: What is Palliative Care?

Posted on January 6, 2014

What do you think of when you hear the words “palliative care?” Do you associate it with giving up, quitting the fight, lying down to die? That’s a common misunderstanding of palliative care; it couldn’t be farther from the truth.

A better way to understand palliative care is that it’s an extra layer of support. It’s not an “either/or” choice where a patient has to decide between receiving disease-fighting treatment or palliative care, and it’s not a last resort. Palliative care treats the person in addition to the disease. Read more

Join the Family!

Posted on January 3, 2014

Have you been affected by colon cancer and want to help us crush this disease? Whether you’d like to go big or want to start small, there’s so much one person can do and it’s easy to get involved – and the months leading up to March are the perfect time to get started! We need your help; become a volunteer in our Community Outreach Volunteer Program and help us knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers for good! Check out the opportunities. Read more