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Meet the One Million Strong – Linda Kroll from Illinois

Meet the One Million Strong – Linda Kroll from Illinois

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET LINDA Linda Kroll, Survivor Chicago, Illinois LINDA’S STORY My ulcerative colitis had been in remission for years, and I was lulled into a false sense of security. When my (belated) routine colonoscopy found an aggressive tumor in my cecum, 12 inches of my ascending colon were removed two weeks ago, along with all of the cancer. I am blessed and grateful beyond words. I want to pay forward my second chance on life and encourage everyone to book your colonoscopy TODAY!It’s a painless exam that will save your life!

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MEET THE ONE MILLION STRONG – RACHEL M FROM FLORIDA

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET RACHEL Rachel McCarrell, survivor Lutz, Florida RACHEL’S STORY I was anemic for a while,always pale,tired, I just thought it was my heavy menstrual cycles. My GYN also confirmed that it was my cycles. I had received a blood transfusion and was getting iron infusions. Eventually I had a CAT Scan that showed a mass in my cecum. I had a colonoscopy which revealed a large mass and had surgery the next day. Pathology showed Stage IIIB Cancer with 4/25 positive lymph nodes. Chemo for 6 months. Cancer free now.  I

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Meet the One Million Strong – Eileen A. from California

MEET EILEEN Eileen Algaze, Survivor Monarch Beach, CA EILEEN’S STORY The Irony of Cancer -I am 67 years old and have survived colon cancer four times:  stage 0 in 2001, stage 4 metastasized to the liver in 2008, further metastasized to lymph node on liver in 2012 and now in a cluster of six nodes in the abdomen. After major surgeries with complications, grueling chemotherapy, loss of my hair, my body parts and my marriage, I’m still here. My mother died of breast cancer when I was 10 and my brother Kenneth was eight. I knew Ken was afraid to lose me to the same enemy.  My brother was born

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Meet the One Million Strong – Chris Heffelbower

Publicly Sharing My Battle, by Chris Heffelbower Being diagnosed with colon cancer is a lonely and isolating experience…until you find other awesome and fabulous survivors. My first reaction when I learned that I had colon cancer was: “a 37 year-old doesn’t get colon cancer.”  I felt embarrassed that I had a cancer involving my bowels.  There was a brief time when I considered not telling anyone that I had colon cancer or keeping it as private as possible. Instead, I decided to publicly share my battle.  I maintained a Caringbridge site and shared my story with family, friends and neighbors.  It was silly to think that I could keep my

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Emily’s Thank You to our Grassroots Action Committee

by Emily White, Advocacy Manager At Fight Colorectal Cancer, maybe our mantra should be “it takes a village to grow a movement.” We couldn’t do what we do without the support of committed volunteers and advocates across the country. At the core of Fight Colorectal Cancer is our Grassroots Action Committee (GAC). Members of the GAC are a vital part of the planning and execution of every event and program at Fight CRC. In many cases, we refer to them as our “pulse check.” They represent advocates from across the country, they remind us of our core values and their opinions are highly valued. This special group of eight to

Meet the One Million Strong – Andrea Kramer from New York

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET ANDREA Andrea Kramer, Survivor From Rye, NY ANDREA’S STORY I was diagnosed with stage IIIc colorectal cancer in 2007. Later in 2009, my friend, Helene Byrnes and I started raising money for Fight Colorectal Cancer’s research program, the Lisa Fund. Most people focus on awareness and prevention issues, I wholeheartedly spend my time and money on those great goals as well, however, I am passionate about supporting research for a cure. This is an area where far fewer people are focusing, maybe because it is the harder battle? Either

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Cuts for a Cause – Profile Barber Institute Gives Back

Rodrick Samuels is a motivation to many across the U.S. Not only does he run and own Profile Barber Institute and serve as a well-known professional in the personal appearance industry, Rodrick’s also a passionate advocate in the fight against colorectal cancer. On March 21, Rodrick combined his passions and hosted a fundraising event, “Cuts for a Cause,” at Profile Barber with his students. As students styled hair, customers paid… but on this day, all proceeds were donated to Fight Colorectal Cancer. At the end of the day, Rodrick and his students raised more than $200 and donated them to go toward colorectal cancer awareness, research and advocacy.  During Cuts for a Cause, Samuels

Fight Colorectal Cancer Hires Policy Strategist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Apr. 4, 2014 - ALEXANDRIA, Va. – This month, Fight Colorectal Cancer, a leading advocacy group focusing on colorectal cancer policy, added Margaret Carvin, an experienced lobbyist, former Hill staffer and cancer survivor to its team as Policy Strategist. Carvin will lead the nonprofit’s advocacy initiatives both internally and on the Hill. Carvin will work with congressional offices to push for colorectal policy changes and lead the advocate training program so survivor voices can be heard on the Hill. “I am honored to be a new member of the Fight Colorectal Cancer team,” said Carvin. “I am excited to work on policy initiatives that will benefit this important cause and I

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I HEART BOOTY: BRINGING ADVOCACY AND AWARENESS THROUGH FUNDRAISING

Generous, motivated and fun are three words we’d use to describe Jesse Sansevere and the guys at I Heart Booty. Last month, they organized a fundraiser at Bertuccis restaurant in Shelton, CT, to raise awareness for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and funds for Fight Colorectal Cancer. This is all in addition to the buzz they’re creating through the chunky blue “I Heart Booty” brands adorning most all Fight CRC advocates’ wrists these days. “Knowing that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths, that it’s curable, and that it has become more frequent in adults younger than 50 drove me to want to do something. Back in 2010,

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Meet the One Million Strong – Marcia M from West Virginia

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET MARCIA Marcia Mullins, Survivor Huntington, WV MARCIA’S STORY Despite Katie Couric’s warning, when I turned 50 I declined to have a colonoscopy, I didn’t think I was at risk. When I had symptoms at 57, I used hemorrhoid cream and tried to ignore them. Right after my 58th birthday, I had a rectal hemorrhage and was admitted to the hospital for a colonoscopy the next morning. It was not hemorrhoids. It was stage IIIc rectal cancer. After lots of chemo, radiation and surgery, I am now in remission. I could have avoided it

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