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Welcome Jason Wood, Special Events Intern

Posted on April 28, 2016

We’re happy to introduce our new Special Events Intern Jason Wood! Originally from Chicago, Jason recently moved to Washington, DC from Houston and is working on a bachelor’s degree in communications. When he’s not helping our Special Events team with events like the Undy Run/Walk, you can catch Jason blogging on a horse racing website.

Help us welcome Jason!

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April Fundraising Roundup: Colon Cancer Awareness Month Fundraiser Frenzy

Posted on April 27, 2016

We are excited to highlight three of our amazing fundraisers that helped make this Colon Cancer Awareness Month such a huge success. Thank you to everyone who organized and participated in these great fundraisers—we’re so grateful for your dedication!

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In Memoriam: Remembering Sue Kidera

Posted on April 21, 2016

The Colon Cancer Alliance experienced the death of a dear volunteer, Sue Kidera, who died earlier this month on April 9th, 2016. Sue was a 10+ year stage IV survivor who was loved by all. Over the years, she helped countless others with her knowledge of managing her disease as well as the support and love she so freely gave to other patients.

The void she leaves on our Blue Hope Nation Facebook page, our Buddy Program and in our group chat room is too enormous to adequately put into words.

The Colon Cancer Alliance extends our deepest sympathy to Sue’s husband, Tom, and her children, Kate, Helsa and Tom as well as her beloved grandchildren, William, Brooke and James and many dear friends and family. Read more

Cancer Patients Can’t Wait—Tell Your Senator To Act Now

Posted on April 21, 2016

Last July, the Colon Cancer Alliance applauded members of the House of Representatives for putting patient’s lives ahead of their political differences as the House overwhelming passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a 344 to 77 margin. This landmark legislation includes $9 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support cutting-edge biomedical research; it modernizes and streamlines the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval process for new treatments; and it removes the barriers that limited use of nationwide health data to help researchers and doctors improve health outcomes.

The House bill then went to the Senate. We assumed, given the fact this legislation literally has the potential to save lives, that the Senate would make it a top priority; instead last year the Senate essentially did nothing. Now this year Senator Alexander from Tennessee, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee (HELP) decided not to take up the House bill and instead consider a series of twenty different Senate bills that contain elements of the House version. 

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Funding New Research in Under 50

Posted on April 20, 2016

Scientific research is so important to knocking out colon cancer—that’s why we’re excited to announce we’ve recently awarded two $50,000 Never Too Young Coalition-AACR Fellowship in Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Research grants!

These grants will help awardees Drs. Sarah B. Stringfield and Tatianna C. Larman take a closer look at young-onset colon cancer, which will give us better understanding of this rising trend to stay on the offensive. Dr. Stringfield from the University of California, San Diego will explore colorectal cancer in young adults and how it may be different than cases of the disease in older patients, while Dr. Larman from Johns Hopkins University will evaluate young onset in a study that looks at ND5 loss as a potential predictor for future therapeutic approaches.

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