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Undy Run/Walk Stars: Valarie & the Sensational Survivors

Posted on April 13, 2017

What do you get when you cross Destiny’s Child, camouflage leggings and tutus with the Undy Run/Walk plus a passionate six year colon cancer survivor? Valarie Guyton-Culver and her amazing Undy team, the Sensational Survivors! Over the last three years, Valarie and her Sensational Survivor superstars have raised a total of $11,843 – every dollar getting us a step closer to ending colon cancer within our lifetime. Thank you, Valarie!

My name is Valarie Guyton-Culver and I am a 6 year colon cancer survivor. This is my story! Read more

How to Handle the Question, “Will I Die?”

Posted on April 7, 2017

We tend to associate grief with dying. However, there are many levels of loss. Any life changing experience can lead to grief.

My diagnosis with stage III rectal cancer came as a shock. After all, I was only 43 with two young daughters. I wasn’t ready to die. I didn’t know what to do. I had so many questions.

Early on my biggest question was my own mortality. Would I die? (Spoiler alert: No.) Read more

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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