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In Memoriam: Remembering Laura C.

Posted on April 28, 2017

One of our devoted volunteers, Laura Caravella, died on March 21st, after living with her disease for over 10 years.  Laura could be found in our chatroom where she was a moderator for both the daily chat and the stage IV-um support group chat. She was also a Buddy to many newly diagnosed patients across the country.  Read more

Christina’s Story: Driving Toward the First Car Tags for Colon Cancer

Posted on April 27, 2017

After her mother passed away in 2008, Christina Granderson got serious about raising awareness. In addition to being a longtime Colon Cancer Alliance Buddy and advocate, she is part of the 70×2020 initiative in the state of Mississippi that has helped put her home state on the map as the first state to get a colon cancer prevention and screening vehicle tag! Thank you, Christina, for your never-ending devotion to stop this disease in honor of your beloved mom. We are inspired by everything you continue to achieve in her memory!  Read more

Age 38 with Stage IV: Nima’s Story

Posted on April 21, 2017

Nima Harris started his 38 With Cancer Facebook page after being diagnosed with stage IV cancer. He sat down with us to share his experience, from chemo, to colostomy, to what helps motivate and keep him going!  Read more

Cancer & Clinical Trials at 34: Laurel’s Story

Posted on April 20, 2017

Laurel Hillerson-Spear has gone through 50+ rounds of chemo after showing symptoms at age 31. She is currently enrolled in a clinical trial several hours from her home in California. Last year, she started an organization help young adults and their families after a cancer diagnosis called Fiona’s Family House and has been a longtime Colon Cancer Alliance Buddy and volunteer. She was gracious enough to take time of out her busy schedule as a mom and advocate to share her experience with clinical trials.

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Clinical Trials & Paying it Forward

Posted on April 20, 2017

Without clinical trials, it would be a safe bet to say I may not have survived stage III rectal cancer 13 years ago. I certainly would be different today.

We often forget every drug and medical device that is available to patients today is thanks to those who were part of the trial that got them approved. The FDA approval process is extremely thorough and rigorous – every drug and device must prove safety, benefit and effectiveness for patients.

Without clinical trials, no drug – no matter how promising in the lab – can become available to the thousands of cancer patients whose lives are literally depending on new treatments. Read more

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