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Mother’s Day: When Cancer Strikes the Family

Posted on May 9, 2014

Cancer takes down the whole family. It is not a single person affliction.

My wife and I were first introduced to this disease Labor Day weekend, 2009. She’d been having stomach issues and had a colonoscopy scheduled on a Friday. I was so unconcerned about the outcome, she was only 39 and she had always been fairly healthy, that I went out of town that day for business. Her mother took her to the appointment. Read more

4 Years Strong – Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating

Posted on May 8, 2014

We are proud to share the good news with our community and supporters: we have been honored with Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star Charity Navigator rating for the fourth consecutive year!

Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most highly trusted evaluator of charities. The organization’s rating system looks at two broad areas of a charity’s performance: their financial health and their accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator reviews charities’ financial documents and considers how they expect a charity to use donors’ support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time, and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information.  Read more

7 Ways to Jump-Start Important Convos with Your Doc

Posted on May 6, 2014

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. The ACS estimates nearly 137,000 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease this year and more than 50,000 will die from it.

Knowing these statistics, it is more important than ever to act as your own healthcare advocate when it comes to a colorectal cancer diagnosis. While it’s true that your physician has your best interests in mind, nobody knows your body as well as you do. By acknowledging your body’s warning signs and staying informed about the latest healthcare developments, you can help prevent yourself from becoming another colorectal cancer statistic. Read more

A Letter from our Leadership: Never Too Young

Posted on May 5, 2014

We were thrilled to co-host the Colorectal Cancer Survivor Panel Lunch & Learn at the recent OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults with our friends at Chris4Life. Our young cancer survivors and volunteers have been very vocal that we need to address their unique needs. We know this group responds to treatment differently than older patients. They’re often in the middle or the beginning of their careers and are managing families. And sadly, this group is the only segment where colon cancer rates are increasing as opposed to the decrease we’ve seen in older populations. Read more

Bravelets: Meaningful Jewelry Making a Big Impact

Posted on May 2, 2014

Three years ago Stephanie Hansen decided she wanted to start Bravelets™, a jewelry company with giving at the core. The company was born after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through the difficult days of dealing with her mom’s diagnosis and treatment, Stephanie wanted something her whole family could wear as a symbol of hope. But the company’s impact doesn’t end there, because for every item sold, $10 is donated to charity. Not only does Bravelets provide courage to those wearing their stylish jewelry, but they’re helping nearly 1,000 partner organizations move their missions forward in a big way. In fact, they’ve donated more than $13,000 to the Colon Cancer Alliance since our partnership began! For all the lives you continue to impact, thank you Bravelets! Now, let’s hear from Founder/ CEO Stephanie. Read more