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Rebecca’s Story: Diagnosed at 18

Posted on April 3, 2017

My name is Rebecca Stanton, I am 22 years old and I am in colon cancer survivor.

It was mid June of 2012 when I was diagnosed. I was 18 years old, had just graduated high school and was preparing to start my first year of nursing school at the University of Maine.

My symptoms began with extreme and unrelieved abdominal pain followed by vomiting and later, weight loss. I was scanned and found to have appendicitis. I had an uncomplicated resection and was sent home. Read more

March Spotlight: Merilee Koss’ Survivor Story

Posted on March 29, 2017

Doctors gave Merilee Koss only two to four months to live after they diagnosed her with a rare form of colorectal cancer. Now, five years later, she is thriving and spreading the word about screening and positivity. Read her inspiring story and find out what she wants you to know this Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

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Mary Ann Ratajczak talks rocking and running for colon cancer

Posted on March 28, 2017

For the first time, the Colon Cancer Alliance is partnering with the Rock n Roll Marathon Series in our ongoing effort to help raise funds and raise awareness for colon cancer. Those who choose to sign up on behalf of the Colon Cancer Alliance can register for free! We’re excited to announce that we have our first runner: Mary Ann Ratajczak of Exeter, PA. She is traveling to run the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon on April 2, and took a few moments to share her running story:

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Diagnosed at 17

Posted on March 27, 2017

At 17, most teenagers are a hub of energy, busily taking on the challenges of college prep, managing friends and a budding social life. For Jessica Joseph, a stage III colorectal cancer diagnosis in December 2016 shifted her focus to advocacy on what was once popularly considered an “old man’s disease.”

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Want to prevent cancer? Get a dog.

Posted on March 22, 2017

This blog was written by our Patient & Family Support Navigator Crawford Clay and originally appeared on Allsup’s All Things Disability Blog as part of their Blog-a-Thon for Colon Cancer.

Want to prevent cancer? Get a dog.

That’s the best advice I’ve ever received. We got our dog, Ranger, Christmas of 2005. That was the year I finished treatment for stage III rectal cancer. That was 12 years ago. I’ve been cancer free this whole time. Read more

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