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“It isn’t cancer, is it?”

Posted on August 4, 2014

“It isn’t cancer, is it?” asked David Prochnow to his doctor, half-jokingly. He was 35 at the time – healthy, active and happily married with two young children.

Before his doctor could respond, David knew. His worst fears were confirmed a few days later – stage III colorectal cancer. But David’s not alone -– nearly 15,000 people under age 50 are diagnosed every year.

We’re committed to preventing more cases like David’s, and that’s why we’re asking you to help us fund research into why this cancer is on the rise in young people. Using the nation’s best peer-review process through the American Association for Cancer Research, a top scientist will be selected to address this disparity in young onset colorectal cancer, and your contribution of $25, $50, $80 or more will directly further this breakthrough research.

What you can do: It’s time to take a stand against this disease, and we’re asking YOU to be a part of the solution. With a donation of $250 or more, you will be showcased on the Blue Hope Research Award webpage. Most importantly, your tax-deductible donation will ensure we have the knowledge, tools and resources to knock out this disease.

Join us in this unique research opportunity with a one-time or recurring donation to this lifesaving initiative.

David is one of the lucky ones. He’s now 53 years old and cancer free. He’s grateful to be alive, and thankful he was able to see his children graduate. But, the journeys of his fellow cancer warriors don’t all end this way.

Let’s work together to beat the odds. Thank you in advance for your support!


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Eric Hargis
CEO, Colon Cancer Alliance

PS – Are you looking for ways to honor or remember a loved one by making a donation to the Colon Cancer Alliance? Click here to make your gift today! 

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3 Responses to ““It isn’t cancer, is it?””

  1. I was diagnosed with Stage IV Colorectal cancer when I was 36. I have 4 beautiful children which at the time of my Diagnosis were 7, 9,10,and 12 years old. I was a very active person who work as a manager in a grocery store and was the PFA(PTA) president at my children’s school. I no longer work but continue to Volunteer at my children’s school as the president of the PFA. I have many students and staff at the school who look at me as an inspiration to my continued battle and my positive attitude toward this Disease. I tell the people I walk to that a positive attitude, prayer, and a great support group helps make things better. I have no intention of leaving this earth anytime soon and I set a short term goal when I was diagnosed that I would see all of my children graduate high school. I am thankful for all the love and support that I have received over the past 3 years. I was diagnosed on July 6th, 2011. Thanks for reading my post.

  2. Dawn Hill says:

    I was 41 when I was diagnosed with stage 2B adenocarcinoma rectal cancer. I was given very little chance to survive it considering the aggressiveness of the tumor. To date I have had almost 15 surgeries. I have an Illeostomy and I am doing my best to get back to things I want in life. I have done tapings for the American Cancer Society and think it’s imperative to force congress to act to pay for scopes for people under r he age of 50

  3. Bob Radvanovsky says:

    I was 47 when I too was diagnosed with Stage 2B colon cancer. Worse yet, it was a genetic defect called familial adenomatous polyposis (or “FAP”). Essentially, it can start as early as your teen years. I have always had back problems, and thought it was related to a car accident that I had years ago. Turns out it might’ve been that I was constipated. Nonetheless, I had a full surgery, and am now an ileostomate.

    Being positive and staying focused was one of the factors that kept me going. Have a personal support group also helped. Because of my situation, several close friends and neighbors have had their exams done, several of which are under 50 (like me).

    My life has permanently changed, and I have had to deal with the “new normal”, of which self-restraint becomes absolutely necessary (physically, emotionally, mentally). Being alive is one part of living; being “human” is another. 😉

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