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Saying Goodbyes

As long as we live, they too will live;
 for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
(Excerpt from the poem, “We Remember Them” – Author Unknown)

The last two weeks have taken a toll on the colorectal cancer community.

"Get empowered and beat the hell out of colon cancer. You can DO this." ~Gloria Borges, founder and chairman of WunderGlo Foundation

“Get empowered and beat the hell out of colon cancer. You can DO this.” ~Gloria Borges, founder and chairman of WunderGlo Foundation

Many of us involved in colon and rectal cancer support knew and worked with Gloria Borges. She was respected and admired for her passion and inspiration to find a cure. She was an advocate. A fundraiser. A leader. And most importantly, a hero. It was her mission to find a cure and stop cancer in its tracks. She fought long and hard through the WunderGlo Foundation. Gloria passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

Katheryn, pictured near the back, with other advocates at the 2012 Call-on Congress

Kathryn, shown centered in the back with a Fight Colorectal Cancer t-shirt on, at the 2012 Call-on Congress

As we say our goodbyes to Gloria, many in the community are also offering final words of encouragement and love to a dear friend, Kathryn Finn-Blume, who is spending her last days at home on hospice. She continues to give hope and publicly fight her cancer battle. Just yesterday she described the details of her body shutting down and what she faces as she makes peace with what’s to come. Photos of get well baskets and flowers near her bedside pop up on her Facebook wall. To openly post about the dying process is something that takes a unique strength that’s precious and rare.

Both of these women have openly fought their battles with colorectal cancer and reached out to support others along the way. All cancer survivors looking for advice or support online have undoubtedly found them over the years.

Because Gloria, left and Kathryn, right, openly fought their battles - thousands received support and encouragement.

Because Gloria, left and Kathryn, right, openly fought their battles – thousands received support and encouragement.

They’ve inspired us all.

In their honor and memory, we promise to keep fighting and stay strong. We hope that their families and friends will find some solace in knowing that their loss is shared so deeply by thousands of people who have been touched by the lives of two amazing women.

For our community, saying goodbye is a great loss and very hard. But these survivors will forever be remembered as we continue to get behind a cure and fight colorectal cancer together.

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