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For the Love of Coffee… and Mom

For the Love of Coffee… and Mom

Felicia Parker’s love for coffee started at a young age, too young to know that her love for coffee would one day help make a difference. Like the majority of our nation, Felicia was an avid Starbucks coffee drinker until one day while at work, she noticed from her office window how many times the door swung open and closed at the Starbucks across the street. She soon realized the opportunity in coffee – the #2 trading commodity on Wall Street and one of the most consumed beverages on the market. In 2012, she started her coffee company, an elite coffee company specializing in single-cup coffee and quality products. When her business established a

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Fight Colorectal Cancer Releases “Guide in the Fight” Resource Book for Stage III & Stage IV Colorectal Cancer Patients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 17, 2014 – Today Fight Colorectal Cancer released its new patient education resource, Your Guide in the Fight. Your Guide in the Fight answers common questions and provides practical tips for those fighting stage III and stage IV colorectal cancer (advanced stage disease.) The resource walks patients through a cancer diagnosis step-by-step, covering topics ranging from second opinions, clinical trials, financial assistance, intimacy issues, ostomy support, hospice, survivorship and more. The book is written to assist patients and caregivers from the first day of diagnosis to the last day of treatment.   A 10-step, 65 Page workbook, the Guide provides information about medical terms,

First-Line Treatment Approved for Stage IV Colorectal Cancer

There is new first-line treatment (standard of care to start treatment) giving as many as 60% of the stage IV colorectal cancer patients more options for treatment. Previously, most stage IV patients undergoing chemotherapy would be recommended to go on FOLFOX and bevacizumab (Avastin). Patients would receive this first set of drugs (called first-line) and if the cancer continued to grow, then other treatment options would be explored. Recently, the FDA approved an additional drug to be used as a first-line option for some stage IV patients. But this is for a specific set of patients based on their tumor gene type, known as biomarker. The new targeted therapy panitumumab

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Honoring My Father Through Advocacy

by Michell Baker, partnership manager for Fight Colorectal Cancer At the time of my father’s diagnosis, I was living in beautiful sunny San Diego, CA without a care in the world. Life was good, so I thought……… In July of 2007, we found out our strong, sensitive, humble father had colon cancer. Just hearing the word cancer was a huge blow to the stomach, and then days later finding out that it was stage IV cancer was a complete body blow. In August, I flew home to Portland, OR for my daddy’s surgery. It removed a portion of his colon and some lesions on his liver.  The waiting room was

KC CURBSIDE GLASS FUNDRAISER

On a daily basis, we have advocates team up with us to spread awareness and advocate in the fight against colorectal cancer, a preventable disease that takes an estimated 50,000 lives annually. The selflessness and dedication shown by these advocates is astonishing. On their own watch and time, they go to the Hill and talk to legislation in hopes to help change policy, set up and host fundraisers, and then get on social media to share their hunger for ending the battle against colorectal cancer. Recently, a company out of Kansas City, Mo., KC Curbside Glass, started selling T-shirts to help bring awareness on behalf of their friend, Patsy, and

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Meet the One Million Strong – Melody M – from Missouri

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET MELODY  Melody Manning-Williams, FamilyCrystal City, MO MELODY’S STORY My beautiful husband, LaMont, was diagnosed with colon cancer in February 2008, when he was only 24-years-old. Unfortunately, he passed away at 26-years-old. Let me share a little bit of his history with you; one month prior to his diagnosis in February, he suffered from a severe case of constipation-which ultimately led up to not having a bowel movements for two weeks. After a lot of convincing on my part, and under the advisement of his primary doctor, Monty underwent a

Webinar Wrap-Up – Family First – Genetic Syndromes by Heather Hampel

Patients, caregivers and family members use our webinars each month to learn more about the battle against colorectal cancer and find the news they need to stay informed. At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we believe that education empowers those affected by colorectal cancer to take control of their lives. Below is Q&A with Heather Hampel, our presenter of the webinar “Family First: What You Need To Know About Genetic Testing, Family History & Colorectal Cancer.“   Q&A with Heather Q: I would like to know when my children need to start getting colonoscopies. (They’re 32 and 25). Also would like to know if there is any connection, at all, between an astrocytoma brain tumor and

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Meet the One Million Strong – Ashleigh T. from South Carolina

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!   Meet Ashleigh Ashleigh Tucker , Family Charleston, SC Ashleigh’s Story In October 2002 my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer, he was only 33. He had three small children ages 10, seven, and four, plus my mom. My dad went through chemo, radiation and volunteered for a lot of the research drugs that were going through during that time. My dad was a strong individual he never complained and very rarely did he show us kids how much pain he really was in.  He put up a good

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Andi’s Highlights on ASCO 2014

by Andi Dwyer, Director of Health Promotion, Fight Colorectal Cancer Working in the cancer prevention and survivorship field for nearly ten years, I was elated to attend my first ASCO.  However, nothing prepared me for the 35,000 people from throughout the world, gathered to unveil the latest in ‘all things’ cancer.  I came in with a notion this was a research conference; I discovered, it was so much more. Policy, advocacy, pharmaceutical, basic research and clinical/medical science from the entire planet, collided into a single city for a solid four days.  It was intense and complete with opportunity and challenge but none-the-less, a guide for this year and beyond. ASCO info about Biomarkers

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Meet the One Million Strong – Rose 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 Rose Rose, Family member Elkview,WV Rose’s Story My daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2010 at the young age of 18. She fought the fight the best she could she passed away November 2,2012 at the young age of 20 year old. That year was the hardest of my life.  Prior to my daughter passing, my mother also passed away on August 10, 2012 and then my daughter passed on my mothers birthday. And it does not get any easier. Rose’s Advice Stay strong and never

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