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Future Planning for the Cancer Survivor

Future Planning for the Cancer Survivor

by Josh Wimberly, Ph.D., LGSW, MSW and rectal cancer survivor Hearing that you have cancer is life changing. There is absolutely no doubt. There exists a struggle to navigate this new piece of identity with which you have been anointed. Elephants Fighting to be Unnoticed in the Room Some of us hide the anxiety better than others brought by all the new hats we have to wear. Even though there are many elephants fighting to be unnoticed in the room, the largest is probably mortality itself. Whether we become the projection of life’s limits to our friends and family, or we are working through our own epiphanies about our vulnerability and

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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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Remembering Tonya

I remember the first time I saw Tonya. I immediately knew I liked her. Reading over her application to be a Colondar model, I had no doubt she embodied a survivor everyone would look up to. Pictures didn’t do her justice. Yes, her beauty hopped off the page. But it was her strong spirit and insistence on being positive that could only come across in person. It was at her 2014 Colondar photo shoot that I didn’t only realize she made an incredible model – I realized she was also an ideal advocate. “We have got to DO SOMETHING about this!” she kept saying. “I tell people that you become

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Reaching Millions through One Million Strong

Summary:  The New York City kickoff of One Million Strong reached millions as people participated in the event in Grand Central Terminal, logged online and lent their media outlets to ‘march’ for the cause on March 3, 2014. Success in The City: Our event did not disappoint. So many survivors, caregivers and advocates braved the cold and traveled amidst winter weather advisories to join us! THANK YOU to all of you who came out to march with us! The day was absolutely amazing. Here were a few of our high-points: > Grand Central Terminal hosted our event as hundreds came and participated in yoga and zumba, walked-through the Colon Cancer

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Never too Late To Join One Million Strong – Danielle’s Thoughts

I tend to run fashionably late. Meetings, appointments, even conference calls – I struggle to arrive or call-in right on time. This floods into emotional things too – it takes awhile for reality to “sink in” for me. For me to process a moving and emotional experience, and understand what it meant for my life. So – it’s fitting that almost two weeks after our NYC kickoff of One Million Strong – I’m just now able to put to words what the experience meant to me. Or at least try to. I’m still pinching myself that I get to work with the amazing staff and advocates at Fight Colorectal Cancer and

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A TURNING POINT – MICHAEL’S EXPERIENCE AT ONE MILLION STRONG

Every Revolution has a Vision I was up on stage and gazed out at the large space we occupied in NYC at Grand Central Terminal and later at Times Square, where hundreds of people braved the cold and marched to see us ring the closing bell at NASDAQ. I saw people that were listening, experiencing, sharing, learning, crying, smiling and defiant about the number two cancer-related killer of men and women in the U.S. I literally had to pinch myself as I couldn’t believe I was here again, taking an active part in this well-coordinated event to kick off March and raise awareness in the prevention of Colon and Rectal

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THE JOURNEY – Anjee’s Thoughts about One Million Strong

IT’S ABOUT HOW YOU GET THERE There is a difference between the process and the end product, this is something I’ve had to remind myself throughout my entire life.  I was reminded of this again March 3, 2014. As I looked across Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal, I saw the Colon Cancer Alliance’s inflatable colon, young survivors who are the face of The Colon Club, tables manned by Michael’s Mission, the Colon Cancer Challenge, and David Dubin with AliveAndKickn and his beautiful bride, Robin.  It took us 12 months of planning, calls, and more calls, but it’s how we got here that will galvanize a united front in the

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NYC ONE MILLION STRONG HIGHLIGHTS

Today was certainly one for the books! Our presence at Grand Central Terminal and via social media was incontestable. We rocked it! We had several news outlets cover the event, Craig Campbell and Carmen Marc Valvo attended, and The Today Show interviewed survivors for a segment later this week. To top it off, Carson Daly retweeted us; did we mention that he has 363,000 followers (yes, we said thousand)?  A huge thank you to our AMAZING advocates, partners, sponsors, and volunteers who faced the bitter cold to join us today in NYC – you guys are the best. We’d also like to thank all of our advocates who joined us

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WE STILL DO – MARY KAY AND MIKE MORELLI

MARY KAY He is my life, my love and my rock! Mike and I met in the summer before my senior year in college and have been inseparable ever since.  I went to Penn State and Mike and I had lots of good times there together.  We got married at 25 years old and have been married for 17 years. Mike was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer at age 40 – no history – no signs – healthy…until one day it hit…I have a very large blog about our lives and cancer battle on caring bridge that shares our story – you are welcome to read it for more

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