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Coach Mark Nofri Tackles Cancer

Posted on January 26, 2016

Mark Nofri, head football coach at Sacred Heart University (SHU), was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014 at just 45 years old. Despite his diagnosis, he continued to do what he loved—coaching through treatment and encouraging his team to stay the course. He even teamed up with us for the Coach Nof Tackles Cancer Campaign, which ended in a blue out tailgate in November and raised more than $7,000 to go towards our mission to knock out colon cancer.

We got a chance to speak with Coach Nof about the campaign, his experience and getting involved to help others living with colon cancer.

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Congress Repeals the Affordable Care Act (Again)—Now What?

Posted on January 19, 2016

Unless you have been spending your days with Matt Damon on Mars, you are aware that Congressional Republicans don’t think too highly of the Affordable Care Act, AKA “Obamacare.” They have voted 59 times to repeal it and, just in case you weren’t sure where they stood, this month was number 60. What was different this time is that it made it to the President’s desk, where in a move surprising no one, it was vetoed. Republican leaders stated that the point here was to show the public what could happen if they win the White House in November.

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New Study: Recurrence, Proton Pump Inhibitors & Capecitabine

Posted on January 12, 2016

In a recent observational study published in the journal Clinical Colorectal Cancer, authors found that in patients with early stage colorectal cancer who use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and are on monotherapy with capecitabine there is an increase in recurrence (a decrease in recurrence-free survival) but not a difference in overall survival. 

The use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a common treatment for acid reflux and include drugs like Prilosec, Zantac and Prevacid.

This new study echoes a previous finding on patients on monotherapy with capecitabine and who take PPIs for stomach cancer.

Axel Grothey, MD from Mayo Clinic, recommends that until further studies are done, patients who are on PPIs should receive infusional 5FU and not capecitabine, if possible. It is important to talk to your doctor before you make any medical decisions.

Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information about colon health. If you have additional questions about screening or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. We’re here to help! 

Volunteer of the Quarter: Ricky Castillo and Luke Smith

Posted on January 11, 2016

We continue to be inspired by our amazing volunteers out there on the front lines 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—to honor and celebrate some of our most passionate, dedicated volunteers and share their stories so you can be inspired, too!

This quarter, we’re honoring two members of our Undy Engagement Committee who have devoted their time to our Dallas/Fort Worth and St. Louis Undy Run/Walks. Ricky Castillo and Luke Smith were both inspired to participate in their local races after family members were diagnosed with colon cancer and they’ve gone above and beyond to make the Undy a success. Read their inspiring stories and learn how you can get involved.

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Hero of the Month: Stan Thomas

Posted on January 7, 2016

Stan Thomas is a superstar volunteer, but when you ask him about all of the things he’s done, he’s sure to give the credit to his wife Paula. Paula was very involved in our Dallas/Fort Worth Undy Run/Walk before her passing in 2014 and Stan continues her work today. In fact, Stan and his family encouraged many people in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to participate in last year’s Undy, led an outstanding fundraising effort and even took home an award with his team! We’re honored to spotlight Undy Engagement Committee member Stan Thomas as our Hero of the Month.

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