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Camp Kesem: A Childhood Experience to Remember

Camp Kesem: A Childhood Experience to Remember

by Belle Piazza, survivor and advocate Last year, Fight Colorectal Cancer sent me to Washington, D.C. to attend an event similar to Call-on Congress, which I’ve attended with the kids the past three years.  The event was called One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) and people were there from all types of cancer-related organizations.  During this event, I met a lady who works for Camp Kesem.  This is a camp for children who have a parent with cancer.  There are camps all over the country, my family was fortunate enough to have camp near us in both Seattle and Portland.  Last year it was too late to get my kids signed up

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5 Steps from Unaware to Aware

by Shawna Snyder A few weeks ago I worked an awareness event at Craig Campbell’s concert in Kansas City that left me stunned in a way I didn’t think was possible. This event had over 3,000 people there, I’d say the majority of them were ages 21-35. As many of the event-goers walked by our table, they moved away from our Fight Colorectal Cancer booth when they saw what we represented, embarrassed that they’d just read the word “colorectal.” The biggest shock to me was that when people did come up to our booth, they questioned what colorectal cancer was and even asked where their colon was located. These questions assured me

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Standing Up for the One Million Strong

by Danielle Burgess It’s difficult to adequately describe the emotion of Friday night for me. As a teen colon cancer survivor, attending Stand Up to Cancer felt like a “Make a Wish” moment. But my trip to Hollywood last weekend was so much more than that. As a survivor, it made me celebrate life in a new way and be thankful for those who’ve brought about societal change so that cancer isn’t as scary, or at least so isolating.  The Live Telecast I flew out to Los Angeles and stayed in a fancy hotel. It was so fancy the famous Hollywood sign appeared in the distance to my left as

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TALKING ABOUT PERSONAL TRAUMA ISN’T EASY

by Anjee Davis , Fight Colorectal Cancer President At our photo shoot last week we heard incredible stories of strength and watched people engage in community. I love hearing people’s stories, and I love watching advocates connect with one another on the set. It makes our work so powerful. After the photo shoot, something happened that opened my eyes to my own advocacy efforts. As I was recapping the week’s events with my husband, Josh, I told him a good friend of mine was on set at the photo shoot. As she was getting to know some of our advocates, she shared my story with them, a story I’ve not

Giving From the Heart – Or the Ice Maker

by Michael Sola  There is no doubt the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become a giving sensation that has brought a slew of celebrities, politicians and folks from all walks of life to the forefront of a webcam and under a cold bucket of ice water. I’d be lying if I wasn’t a little jealous of all the attention ALS is getting. There are so many worthy causes out there. When I see the nightly news programs reciting stats I can’t help but wonder, “Who’s shouting out the stats of the colon and rectal cancer community?!” Where’s the stat about how 1 in 3 Americans will be diagnosed this year?

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Meet the One Million Strong – Sarah H. from Ontario

MEET SARAH Sarah Howe, survivor St. Catharines, Ontario SARAH’S STORY On March 28, 2014 I began experiencing intense stomach pain that I brushed off as “normal” because I had just given birth to my third child two days prior.When the pain persisted, and was still occurring after two weeks, I decided to go to the ER. The doctor said it “might be a kidney infection,” and gave me a prescription for antibiotics. The next day I went back and another doctor said, “You probably just tore muscles from labor.” I fought with the pain for four more weeks before going back to the ER, where a doctor refused to even look

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On Target for Hope – Recap from One Million Strong in Minnesota

by Danielle Burgess, Dir. of Communications Even a week after the One Million Strong event in Minnesota, I find myself getting goosebumps as the photos from my phone slowly upload to the Flickr account. Memories of children and their parents lighting up when country star and Fight CRC National Spokesman Craig Campbell walks into their hotel room to sing a few songs and offer autographs. Memories of watching our “super volunteers” Pam, Ed & Patti roll up their sleeves and make the burden of a jam-packed, two-day event seem light, and the chaos that accompanies any on-site activity seem calm. Memories of meeting new friends at Colon Cancer Coalition and seeing

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CREATING A VISION – A CURRENT OF HOPE

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ― Robert F. Kennedy CREATING RIPPLES OF HOPE by Anjee Davis,  President I think about our mission

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Meet the One Million Strong – Kimberly B.from Florida

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET KIMBERLY Kimberly Bishop, Survivor Osteen, FL KIMBERLY’S STORY I was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer in February 2007, at the age of 34. I was young, fit, and perfectly healthy in every other way. I share the same story that is typical of so many young CRC survivors. I was told I had hemorrhoids and IBS and was denied screening for over three years. My doctor finally decided I need to be scoped and my first colonoscopy revealed a 13 centimeter sessile villous adenoma at my recto-sigmoid juncture.

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