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Colon Cancer Alliance and Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation Merge Organizations

Posted on December 31, 2015

Colon Cancer Alliance + Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation = Chemistry

So much chemistry, that we’ve merged—forming an unbreakable bond to better serve you! The Colon Cancer Alliance has a long-standing credible reputation and Chris4Life is known for its creative and personal mission.Together, we will accelerate a joint mission where more people will be screened for this unique cancer and where more patients and survivors are supported so they can live longer, better lives. This will be done by advancing research, screening and patient support programs.

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Cancer Won’t Define Me

Posted on December 30, 2015

I am so many things to different people—a father, a husband, a brother—but now, most importantly, I am a warrior.

My name is Ken Kiess and this is my story with colon cancer.

I was in pain for about six weeks when I decided to go to the hospital last year after Christmas. I couldn’t imagine it being anything as serious as cancer. I didn’t tell anyone about the pain—not even my wife, Julie. I was only 50 with no family history when I was diagnosed with colon cancer on December 30, 2014.

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Honoring My Mother Eartha Kitt This, And Every, Holiday Season

Posted on December 22, 2015

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. This disease affects men and women of all races and ages. It’s also affecting more and more people under 50—that’s right, colon cancer isn’t an “old white man’s disease.”

I have a personal connection to colon cancer. My mother, legendary entertainer Eartha Kitt, died from the disease on Christmas Day in 2008. She was active, fit and never got screened for colon cancer, feeling she was always healthy enough that she didn’t need see a doctor. Looking back, however, she had many symptoms she would shrug off thinking they were nothing more than a momentary discomfort. By the time she went for her first colonoscopy, we discovered she had stage III colon cancer; we learned the cells had migrated towards the liver after her surgery.

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Will You Help Save My Brother’s Life?

Posted on December 16, 2015

I received a life-changing call from my twin brother Ken while vacationing with my family last December.

My name is Kurt and I am Ken Kiess’ identical twin brother. From birth, Ken and I have always been fighters; oftentimes fighting one another. But now, we’ve come together to fight something bigger than the both of us—colon cancer.

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Know Your Biomarker!™ Town Hall Sponsored by Amgen, Inc.

Posted on December 15, 2015

Our Conversations Webinar Series is an opportunity to link national experts in colorectal cancer and other related fields to you, right in the comfort of your own home. The programs are designed to empower you to play a leading role in your healthcare management with your physician.

On August 26, 2015, we hosted the “Know Your Biomarker!” town hall, sponsored by Amgen, Inc., where we discussed personalized medicine and the role biomarkers may play in informing a metastatic colorectal cancer treatment plan.

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