Author Archives: Michael Sola

3rd Annual Friends of Rose Horseshoe Tournament

Horseshoes – Americana at its best

Horseshoes – Americana at its best

by Michael Sola, Executive Vice President of Fight Colorectal Cancer What do you think of when you hear the word:  horseshoes? Do you think about picnics? Family outings? Westerns? Horses? Do you think of Greeks? It’s interesting to note that the game of horseshoes can trace its origins back to the Grecian armies. They couldn’t afford discus for tossing so they entertained themselves by using discarded horseshoes with a stake in the ground. And so it began – the game of horseshoes and later, tournaments. Now when Eric and Rose Hausmann were looking at awareness and fundraising events that could engage a few hundred of their friends this year,  it didn’t take

May 2014 Webinar: Family First – What You Need to Know About Family History & Colorectal Cancer

Have you and your family discussed your family’s medical history? Did you know that 10-15% of all cancers are familial, and 3% of all colorectal cancers are due to a syndrome called Lynch Syndrome? Having Lynch Syndrome puts you at an 80% increased risk of developing colorectal cancer. Tune into this webinar to learn more about Lynch Syndrome and other inherited syndromes as they relate to colorectal cancer. Presented by: Heather Hampel, MS, CGC Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Ms. Hampel has been a cancer genetic counselor since 1995 and is a faculty member in the Division of Human Genetics. Her clinical duties include providing comprehensive cancer genetic consultations to

March 2014 Webinar: TAKE THE WHEEL, Healthy Lifestyle Changes that may reduce recurrence

Jessica Iannotta MS, RD, CSO, CDN Chief Operating Officer, Meals to Heal is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition (CSO). She studied nutrition at Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at NewYork Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. She obtained her Master’s degree through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Jessica has worked in inpatient and outpatient oncology settings since 2001 and currently works part time at North Shore-LIJ Monter Cancer Center. Jessica is in charge of all operations including clinical and culinary operations ranging from menu development to evidence-based website content, relationships with registered dietitians and social workers and developing processes and protocols

February 2014 Webinar -RESEARCH & TREATMENT NEWS: Highlights from the 2014 GI Cancer Symposium

Each January, the brightest minds in colorectal cancer research meet at the Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium. Fight Colorectal Cancer and The Colon Cancer Alliance are partnering to bring you the big news in colorectal cancer from the symposium. Dr. Allyson Ocean will be presenting your options for treatment and know that you are not alone in your diagnosis. The material with the combined audio will be available at CCA’s website. To hear the presentation, listen to what Dr. Ocean said on our audio library.

Our Comments Regarding Tonight’s State of the Union Address

As we approach the annual State of the Union (SOTU) address by the president, we at Fight Colorectal Cancer always see this time of year as the kickoff of our community’s focus on awareness and advocacy. We see the opportunity to influence change at a national level and gear up our army of fighters for a new year. We know there are obstacles and challenges in the political process. Challenges that don’t keep us away – but instead push us to dive in deeper. As we tune in tonight to the SOTU address, we want to encourage our advocates with these thoughts: Colorectal Cancer is a non-partisan issue. Fight Colorectal

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Rose’s Rebels Have Taken the Field . . . again!

Welcome to Sayreville, New Jersey. One year ago, this place was one of the many communities impacted by hurricane Sandy. In fact, the ballfields at Sayreville Memorial Park were underwater. The community around the park . . . devastated.  Twelve months later there remains an entire block of abandoned homes still cordoned off by the state. Jersey Strong But despite last year’s storm, not everything in Sayreville is underwater and drowned out.  Life rebounded. Spirits remained strong – Jersey Strong – as some were quick to tell me as we sipped hot “cawfee” and settled in for a classic fall softball tournament. I was welcomed to Sayreville by a great group

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I’m Listening . . . and so should you

I recall one of my bi-line descriptions when I first joined Twitter, way back when the service first started. I had listed: Listener, Storytelling. I love listening to stories and after all these years I’m surprisingly still moved when I hear or see a touching story that helps us learn and inspires us to appreciate our lives. While driving to meet two close friends for breakfast this week, I heard a piece on NPR Morning Show from StoryCorp. I love StoryCorp – the concept and the connections are brilliant. The story I heard was about Will Smith, a single dad who completed a college education with his little girl by

September 2013 Webinar – Pathways and Targets

Dr. Gail Eckhardt, Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center, presented this months webinar directly from Boulder Colorado. Dr. Eckhardt discussed the basis of pathways within a cancer cell, and how (and why) they can affect treatment options for patients. Sh explained how we learn about how new pathways are discovered, and how this information tell us what drugs may work in certain patients and why some drugs don’t. Dr. Eckhardt discussed the idea of targeted therapies, and the difference between them and regular chemotherapy. She talked about the relationship between pathways and targeted drugs, and how this

July 2013 Webinar Molecular and Tumor Testing

Molecular Testing and Tumor Testing: Why is this important? In this presentation Dr. Bekaii-Saab, MD will discuss the importance of testing the molecular biology of an individual patients tumor. How they do that and why it may or may not be important to have done. He will talk about how this is playing an even bigger role in choice of treatment options for patients now more than ever. And about the way physicians are making treatment choices based on each individuals molecular biology of their tumor. Dr. Bekaii-Saab is the Section Chief, Gastrointestinal Oncology, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Dr. Bekaii-Saab is one of America’s Best Doctors. Additionally,

June 2013 Webinar: What’s New & What’s On the Horizon in Colon Cancer?

In this joint presentation with CCA, Dr. John Marshall, Director of the Otto J Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers, Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Georgetown University Hospital and Associate Director for Clinical Research for Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center reports back from the 2013 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium co-sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology®. Our teams will report on the latest news in cancer research and care. The webinar touched on: key 2013 colorectal cancer findings updates on FDA-approved drugs for colorectal cancer information about what’s next for colorectal cancer patients news about research   View/download the slides from the June 19 webinar

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