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

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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Meeting with Legislative Staff Members

by Caitlin Leach As you prepare for your trip to Call-on Congress in Washington, make room in your luggage for your stories, your experiences and your hope for the future. Your perspectives bring legislative issues to life. Anecdotes about colorectal cancer’s impact on you and your community are essential for your representatives in Washington and their staff members to hear. Members of Congress make decisions by weighing the facts and evidence, but also based on the insights their constituents share about how policy impacts their lives. Adding your voice to the conversation is critical to successful advocacy. Meeting with Legislative Staff While you are in Washington next week, many members of

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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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Rep. Payne, Jr. Addresses House and Thanks Our Advocates

Today Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. stood before his colleagues and encouraged all of us in the colorectal cancer community. With his blue star pin fastened on his lapel, he honored the memory of his father, the late congressman, who passed away from colorectal cancer exactly two years ago today. Rep. Payne, Jr. thanked the President for declaring March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. He thanked his colleagues for co-signing his letter to President Obama asking for the proclamation. And then he thanked you. Our advocates. Watch the video below and be encouraged, advocates. Your work has not gone unnoticed. Rep. Payne, Jr. made sure to speak of it today.

New Screening Tool: PillCam COLON

by gastroenterologist and Fight Colorectal Cancer board member Indran Indrakrishnan M.D.  PillCam® COLON  is a new technology to evaluate the colon for polyps. The FDA recently gave clearance for the PillCam® COLON to be used in patients following an incomplete colonoscopy. Read more here. The basic concept of capsule endoscopy has been in practice for nearly 10 years for evaluating the small bowel. The PillCam® COLON relies on a thorough, high-quality bowel preparation for accuracy, just like colonoscopy, and serves as a new screening tool complementary to a colonoscopy. Uses of the New Technology This new technology will be particularly useful for: 1. Patients who are not willing to undergo an invasive procedure 2. The occasional

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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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We Still Do – Diana & Scott Welch

MEET DIANA & SCOTT WELCH  DIANA’S PERSPECTIVE They say that life crises can sometimes either make or break a marriage or relationship.  My cancer diagnosis (or better said as our cancer diagnosis) has done just that.  Facing this challenge has made our bond stronger, our love deeper, and our compassion more profound. Scott and I were reunited in December 1999 after I sent him a Christmas card as we lived in different states.  We corresponded back and forth for several months and he made several visits to Upstate New York where I had lived at that time (and we are both originally from).  Although the long distance thing was exciting,

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Meet the One Million Strong – Patricia Christman from Arizona

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET PATRICIA Patricia Christman, Survivor From Glendale, AZ PATRICIA’S STORY In April 2012 I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  I had surgery on May 7th, 2012 and found that it was in my lymph nodes so I started my journey with chemo and radiation eight weeks later.  I have wonderful doctors and the treatment teams were loving and caring…a real family.  I am also blessed with the most wonderful family who were with me every step of the way.  I am very happy to say my last PET Scan has

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Meet the One Million Strong – Lindsey Motley 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 LINDSEY Lindsey Motley, Survivor Greenville, SC LINDSEY’S STORY In April 2013, I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer at 26 years old, while also 17 weeks pregnant with our first child, a girl! I was having bleeding issues from constipation due to prenatal vitamins and pregnancy, which were investigated by colonoscopy. I had a colon resection one week after my diagnosis. I began chemotherapy bi weekly (FOLFOX and 5FU) at 24 weeks pregnant, and completed 12 rounds. Our daughter, Lilla, was born at 37 weeks between rounds 7

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