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Advocates… Will You Be Our Valentine?

Advocates… Will You Be Our Valentine?

Today we want to tell our advocates how much we LOVE you. Check out which candy heart messages our staff and some of our board members would give each of you… VANESSA KURTZER – ANSWER LINE ASSOCIATE The word I give our advocates is “Hero.” NANCY ROACH – FOUNDER & CHAIR OF THE BOARD The word I give our advocates is “Gratitude.”   The thing that I think when I see what our advocates are doing is GRATITUDE.  APPRECIATION.  THANKFULNESS.  I’m very proud that we’ve given our advocates a way to speak out and act PRODUCTIVELY – they aren’t just ranting and raving but they’re actually doing things that make a difference. 

Why Do Drugs Cost So Much?

by Chris Adams A response to A Tale of Two Drugs, an article by Barry Werth published in the MIT Technology Review Oct. 2013 Drug prices. Why are they so high? In a recent article for the MIT Technology Review, Barry Werth considers the pricing of two recently developed and very expensive drugs. The first drug is used for cystic fibrosis and costs almost $25,000 per month. The second drug is used for metastatic colon cancer and is priced at $11,000 per month. So why are these drugs so expensive? Why do companies charge so much for their drugs? The simple answer is that they can and so they do.

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How Advocacy Helps Me Carry on the Memory

by Michell Baker At the time of my father’s diagnosis, I was living in beautiful sunny San Diego, CA without a care in the world. Life was good, so I thought……… In July of 2007, we found out our strong, sensitive, humble father had colon cancer. Just hearing the word cancer was a huge blow to the stomach, and then days later finding out that it was stage IV cancer was a complete body blow. In August, I flew home to Portland, OR for my daddy’s surgery. It removed a portion of his colon and some lesions on his liver.  The waiting room was full of family and friends to

Colon Cancer Around the World – World Cancer Day

It’s no secret – BLUE is our color around here. However on a day like today – World Cancer Day – we’re changing it up for the universal fight against cancer. Today, we support cancer survivors across the globe.  Hashtags like #FinishtheFight, Super Bowl ads featuring cancer survivors and a feed full of purple profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter shows us that we’re not the only ones touched by cancer. And – we’re not alone in this fight. We’re encouraged by all of the support and attention that World Cancer Day is receiving. And we’re happy to see the cancer community not only raising awareness about the need for

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Meet the One Million Strong – Steven B. from Mississippi

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET STEVEN Steven Bocek, Caregiver From Columbus, MS STEVEN’S STORY My wife who has always watched out for me was recently diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Last year I turned 50. She insisted I go for a colonoscopy. I did. Found four polyps. Didn’t think to have her checked. She was having falling episodes. Finally in the ER, she was found to be anemic and losing blood from somewhere. Well, Guess where? Yes, the colon. The day before Thanksgiving, she was diagnosed. We are thankful that she fell. STEVEN’S ADVICE If and

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Meet the One Million Strong – Patsy P from Kansas

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET PATSY Patsy Huggins Petzold, Survivor From Overland Park, KS PATSY’S STORY On the morning of Monday, February 26, 2013, life as I knew it changed forever. Following a colonoscopy to explore what doctors believed to be colitis, I heard the words “concern,” “cancer,” “colon” and “obstructed” used in conjunction with my name. It was a shock, to say the least! I never had symptoms prior to entering the hospital. No stomach pains, fairly regular stools, no blood. I am the mother of three beautiful children, ages 9, 7, and

January 2014 Webinar – After The Shock: A CRC Diagnosis

Have you or someone you love recently been diagnosed with stage III or stage IV colorectal cancer? Feeling overwhelmed? Learn where to go from here. We’ll talk about every leg of the journey from understanding your diagnosis to tips on building your treatment team. Join us and Dr. Edward Crane to better understand your options for treatment and know that you are not alone in your diagnosis. View/download the slides from the Jan. 22 webinar: Read the TweetUp recap on Storify. 

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