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WE STILL DO – LEANA AND STEVEN

Leana & Steven have lived through “in sickness and in health.” Read their story and why they are doing a “virtual” vow renewal leading up to our One Million Strong kickoff in NYC! FROM LEANA: I met my husband, Steven, when I was in Junior High School. A mutual friend introduced us. Before you knew it we were “going together.” Who would of ever thought that we would get married when I was 18. That was 32 years ago this March. I like to say we have had time to “mold” each other into the person we wanted. Well there was no molding for the life changing diagnosis of colon

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Meet the One Million Strong – Edith B. from Connecticut

MEET EDITH Edith Bruce, Survivor From Meriden, CT EDITH’S STORY I am a 38-year-old hispanic female with a family history of colon cancer.  In May 2013, I was diagnosed with colon cancer.  In the weeks that followed I went through extensive tests and finally had surgery to remove it.  It was stage I cancer. I am very fortunate to be alive and cancer free.  My surgeon told me that I wouldn’t have made it past 40 years old.  My husband was amazing through this all. My boys ages 4 & 10 are my everything–can’t imagine them without their  mommy. EDITH’S ADVICE Take one day at a time.  Think positive every

Meet the One Million Strong – Deborah Anders from Texas

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET DEBORAH Deborah Anders, Survivor From Austin, TX DEBORAH’S STORY I am a stage IV colorectal cancer survivor going on 6 years this May. I have been through fours kinds of chemotherapy and  seven surgeries.  I lost my dad 31 years ago and  my mother four months before me to lung and brain cancer. I have four grown kids that need to learn more about colorectal cancer and being tested. DEBORAH’S ADVICE Surround yourself with positive, loving support groups and educate yourself. This is not an old persons disease. WHAT

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Meet the One Million Strong – Gordon C. from North Carolina

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET GORDON Gordon Cole, Survivor Greensboro, NC GORDON’S STORY Following his diagnosis of stage IV colorectal cancer in August 2003, Gordon has received radiation treatment, almost constant chemotherapy, a colon resection, two liver resections, RFA, a clinical trial (at Duke), two lung resections, and continuing maintenance chemo, along with a prostate cancer diagnosis in late ’06. He has participated in a clinical trial, and is still in treatment following a recurrence and side effects from radiation damage requiring surgeries, using his research knowledge to monitor his own treatment. He has

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Meet the One Million Strong – Brian Greenlaw from Rhode Island

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET BRIAN Brian Greenlaw, Survivor Warwick RI BRIAN’S STORY I was diagnosed April 1, 2013 at age 43 with stage IV colorectal cancer which spread to both sides of my liver. I have had 14 rounds of chemo, 30 radiation treatments and two liver resection surgeries. I am now cancer free currently and feeling well!! My advice is believe in God, your medical team, and always be positive. Live your life as you did prior to your diagnosis, get back to your routine, work, exercise etc… Also have a spiritual

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Meet the One Million Strong – Diana Welch from Maryland

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET DIANA Diana Welch, Survivor Huntingtown, MD DIANA’S STORY After several months of severe upper abdominal pain and learning to be my own advocate, I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in March 2012.   This was followed by a diagnosis of Celiac Disease just two months prior.  After meeting with a nutritionist and changing to a gluten free diet, my symptoms persisted and worsened  and I continued to seek out a doctor that would be able to further  diagnose my symptoms.  A colonoscopy was the definitive test that

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Meet the One Million Strong – Gina Toye from Florida

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET GINA Gina Toye, Family Spring Hill, FL GINA’S STORY My daughter Amber was diagnosed last January at the age of 22 years-old with colorectal cancer. She was in her last semester at FSU and was experiencing bleeding and feeling tired. Thank God her now doctor fit her in for  a colonoscopy during her Christmas break. On January 3, they found 50 polyps and removed 12, some the size of golf balls with one coming back cancerous. On January 22, Amber underwent surgery to remove her entire colon – thankfully the

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Meet the One Million Strong – Tina G. from Colorado

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  Meet Tina: Tina Graber, Survivor From Sterling, CO Tina’s Story: Getting the News I saw my family doctor about the bleeding on November 14, 2011. He did an exam to look for hemorrhoids, but saw ‘no evidence’ of them so he referred me to a local surgeon. On December 1, I saw him. He reviewed everything, examined me and said, “We need to do a colonoscopy, how about tomorrow?” Well, that was the last thing I was expecting to hear, but the urgency of it did get my attention. I had to wait

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Meet the One Million Strong – Kelly Hebert from Louisiana

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET KELLY Kelly Hermbert, Survivor From Metairie, LA KELLY’S STORY I am sure everyone, like me, is always afraid of hearing the dreaded word from their doctor, “cancer”.  Well this dreaded word became a reality for me on October 3, 2011.  From the very beginning, I always had a sense that God was with me.  This faith has brought me where I am today, blessed! To make a long story short, after seeing several doctors for another benign problem, my doctor suggested a colonoscopy.  I am not 50 years of

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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. 

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