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Volunteer of the Quarter: Michele Batista

Posted on May 5, 2016

We continue to be inspired by the hundreds of volunteers out there on the front lines spearheading efforts to put colon cancer on the map. 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!

This quarter, we’re honoring Michelle Batista, who’s been a rock star volunteer for three years. As a survivor, she’s shared her story through blogs and publications, supported newly diagnosed patients in our Buddy program and even took home an Undy Run/Walk award! This year, she helped her town go blue for Colon Cancer Awareness Month and we can’t thank her enough. Learn more about Michele and how you can get involved.

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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

Hero of the Month: Bravelets™

Posted on April 11, 2016

Stephanie Hansen started Bravelets™, a jewelry company with giving at its core, when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. What started out as something Stephanie’s family could wear as a symbol of hope in support of her mother has gone on to impact so many people. That’s because Bravelets™ donates $10 of every item to charity. In fact, they’ve donated more than $22,000 to the Colon Cancer Alliance! We thank Bravelets™ for helping us advance our mission and reminding so many to be brave in tough times.

We had a chance to speak with Bravelets™ Operations Manager Ben Aldridge to learn more about why giving is so important to the company.

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Andy’s Army Named DC Scope It Out Team of the Week!

Posted on March 14, 2016

Joan McCarty, team captain of Andy’s Army, is participating in this year’s DC Scope It Out 5K in honor of her late husband Andy Eury. Andy passed away in 2014 after being diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2010. He is remembered by his loved ones for his fighting spirit, which is how his brother thought of their team name.

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Hero of the Month: Anita Mitchell Isler

Posted on March 3, 2016

Dress in Blue Day began with Anita Mitchell Isler, a stage IV colon cancer survivor who lost a close friend and her father to the disease. Anita saw a need to bring greater awareness to a cancer not many people wanted to discuss. What started in her child’s classroom is now a nationally-recognized event where individuals across the country unite to honor those who have battled this disease. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dress in Blue Day, we also celebrate Anita and her dedication to spreading awareness and knocking out colon cancer.

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