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Our National Cancer Prevention Tour

Posted on February 28, 2014

Our giant inflatable colon is touring the U.S. this March for Colon Cancer Awareness Month! We’re proud to partner with Bayer Healthcare LLC in this nationwide initiative to spread colon cancer awareness across the country in a fun and unique way. And there’s no better way to spread lifesaving information than with this attention-getter, featuring various stages of disease (normal colon tissue, Crohn’s Disease, polyp, malignant polyp, colon cancer & advanced colon cancer).  Read more

The History of #DressinBlueDay

Posted on February 27, 2014

In 2005 I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. I had already lost my father and a good friend at age 37 to the disease, yet I had no idea of the guidelines for screening, the importance of family history or the symptoms. With my family history, I should have had a colonoscopy at age 30. When I presented with blood and change in bowel habits I should have been sent straight to colonoscopy. Instead, my doctor dismissed my symptoms because of my age. Read more

PillCam COLON Update: Your Questions Answered

Posted on February 24, 2014

We were thrilled to see all the conversation around the recent announcement about the FDA clearance of Given Imaging’s PillCam COLON as a new colon exam tool. Because we want to be able to address your questions directly, we circled back with Given Imaging to get them answered by the pros. Check out these frequently asked questions and always remember to speak to your doctor about your medical and health-related questions related to your colon exam.  Read more

Determined Daughter Brings Undy 5000 to Tampa

Posted on February 17, 2014

Jocelyn Rodriguez was left searching for answers and support when her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006.  So she did what most people do: turned to the Internet to find out what her mother’s options were. That’s where she discovered how preventable colon cancer is with proper screening and how treatable it is when caught early. With a new mission to spread awareness, Jocelyn connected with the Colon Cancer Alliance. She was determined to bring our Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk to the Tampa area to get the word out about this silent killer. Her persistence paid off, and in 2013 Tampa hosted its first Undy 5000. Read more

National Colon Cancer Survivor Day

Posted on February 11, 2014

I lost both my parents – Margaret and Patrick Raymond – to colon cancer. They were young and fought hard, but at that time, there was only one chemotherapy drug available – 5 FU. The diagnostic method to determine disease was exploratory surgery and by the time they’d found the cancer, it was too late.

My parents are the reason I became passionate about this cause. Twenty-nine years ago, I founded the Raymond Foundation in their honor. Since then, I have become the Director of Patient Support and Outreach at the Colon Cancer Alliance. My daughter, Margaret-Ann Simonetta, is now the Foundation’s Executive Director. Read more