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My Journey: Candace Fresch

Posted on May 28, 2014

My journey begins just as any other cancer patient’s does…unexpected.

When I was 39, I started having pain while going to the bathroom. I thought I had a hemorrhoid. I tried treating myself with over the counter creams. However, it only became larger and more painful. Eventually, I went to a colorectal specialist at Parker Adventist Hospital. Immediately she told me it wasn’t a hemorrhoid. I had a colonoscopy done. I had to have surgery to remove the mass. Read more

Colon Health Alert: FDA Approves First-Line Use of Vectibix®

Posted on May 28, 2014

Amgen recently announced that the FDA has approved the use of Vectibix as a first-line treatment for colorectal cancer. Since 2006, Vectibix has been used as a second-line treatment and with this recent advancement, colorectal cancer patients now have an additional treatment option earlier in their diagnosis. Read more

Never Too Young: Sonja Darrel

Posted on May 16, 2014

Sonja Darrel is a 28-year-old mother and wife who loves spending time with her family. She has always been active and healthy, so when she started having consistent stomach pains and abdominal discomfort, she knew something had to be wrong.

After coping with symptoms for over a year, Sonja finally decided to take her health into her hands and scheduled an appointment with her doctor. She shared her symptoms and was sent for a colonoscopy. It was then, at 26 years old, Sonja was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer that had spread to her liver and more than ten lymph nodes – a devastating diagnosis for anyone, especially someone so young and full of life. Read more

Call It Like It Is: New Name for the Undy Series

Posted on May 13, 2014

Have you been participating in our Undy 5000 for years, but never knew what the 5000 was all about?  After hearing that the name “Undy 5000” didn’t resonate with a lot of people, we have some good news – we are excited to announce that the Colon Cancer Alliance’s signature Undy 5000 5K series will now be known as the Undy Run/Walk! Read more

Hero of the Month: Grace De La Rosa

Posted on May 10, 2014

Grace De La Rosa was diagnosed with colon cancer when she was 38 years old and had two young children. This year marks her 9th year as a survivor, and she’s celebrating by getting involved in a way big. After attending our National Conference last year and being inspired by so many of her fellow colon cancer warriors, she decided she was going to jump in with both hands with her own volunteer efforts. So in March, in conjunction with Colon Cancer Awareness Month, she launched her Be a Blue Buddy campaign that’s gotten some serious traction in Florida and beyond and has raised $1,500 for our Blue Note Fund. Grace, thank you for your dedication to supporting patients and saving lives – you continue to inspire us! Read more