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Volunteer of the Quarter: Steve Godri

Posted on October 27, 2015

We continue to be inspired by the hundreds of volunteers spearheading efforts to put colon cancer on the map and changing the face of this disease. That’s why we started the Volunteer of the Quarter feature, which honors some of our most passionate, dedicated volunteers.

This quarter we’re celebrating Steve Godri, who, along his family, started Steph’s Fall 5K in honor of his sister Stephanie Godri-Johnston, who passed away from colon cancer in 2012 at just 32. To celebrate Stephanie’s love of cross country running and help people in need get screened for colon cancer, proceeds from the annual run/walk help fund the Stephanie Godri-Johnston Memorial Scholarship, as well as our Blue Hope Financial Assistance program (in four years, the Godri family has raised $15,000 in support of this important program). Learn more about Steve, Steph’s Fall 5K and his advice for anyone looking to honor a loved one.

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Understanding SIR-Spheres Y-90 Resin Microspheres

Posted on October 23, 2015

If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with colorectal cancer that has metastasized to the liver, it is important to understand the options for treatment.

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Wisdom From A Three Time Survivor

Posted on October 22, 2015

Screen This Too

You may remember our dynamic volunteer Amy Kaplan from our Hero of the Month spotlight on October 2013. As a woman who’s survived colon, cervical and breast cancer, Amy knows the importance of protecting all your assets. We got another chance to speak with Amy about her story, the importance of screening and the message she wants to share with all women.

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Speak Up, Speak Out on Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations

Posted on October 20, 2015

We recently shared the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) draft recommendations on screening for colon cancer where they did not recommend CT Colonography or FIT-DNA, available as Cologuard, the newest FDA-approved at-home screening test, as primary screening methods. However, there’s something you can do to change that: visit the USPSTF website to read their draft recommendations and leave a comment before November 2, 2015 to let your voice be heard!

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In Memoriam: Remembering Harry

Posted on October 19, 2015

The Colon Cancer Alliance’s family is deeply saddened as we mourn the death of our volunteer and dear friend, Harry Gorlick, who died October 5, 2015.  ​Harry felt that being ​with ​his fellow chatters in our chat room​,​ and being a Buddy to newly diagnosed patients​,​ and supporting our members on our ​Blue Hope Nation Facebook page,​ is what​ helped him ​​cope with his disease. It was important to Harry that anyone he met along this journey would find support through our programs and not feel alone. His ability to make “newbies” feel comfortable was his legacy.

​He’d break the ice, using humor to make people laugh and feel at ease because he knew that ​this ​is what unite​d​ ​those with ​th​e disease and how strangers quickly bec​a​me friends. Harry was so kind, so caring, so funny and a special friend to all who knew him. There are no words to adequately express our sadness, but his fellow chat moderators wanted to try. In their own words: Read more