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You Can Be Like Portland – Host a March!

You Can Be Like Portland – Host a March!

On April 12, advocates, volunteers, dancers, food cart vendors, tourists, acrobats, and other Portlandians gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Together, we celebrated the one million colorectal cancer survivors in the United States, commemorated those who lost their fight against the disease, and educated the public about colorectal cancer screening and prevention. It was a sight to be seen! When LaRisha, Marsha, and Michell Baker approached Fight CRC with the idea of partnering with their nonprofit organization, the Steve Baker Memorial Colorectal Cancer Alliance, to take One Million Strong to the West Coast, I can honestly say that we had no clue what we were getting ourselves into—in a good way!

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Meet the One Million Strong – Wanda C from Washington

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET WANDA Wanda Charles, Survivor Vancouver, WA WANDA’S STORY I had been having symptoms for 7-8 years, but we had no insurance. It finally got so bad I went to the women’s clinic. The doctor took blood and called the next day. He said something was wrong and that there was some internal bleeding. He set up an appointment for me to see a gastroenterologist. I was scheduled for a colonoscopy and heard “you have cancer” as soon as I got back into the room….in front of my husband and

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FLO’S WORDS OF WISDOM : THE ANNUAL AACR MEETING AND BEING A RAT

I had the great opportunity to attend this year’s American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) meeting in San Diego and what an experience it was!  I arrived on Saturday morning and the first thing I did was try to acquaint myself with the hotel, as there was a satellite registration for attendees in the lobby – the very huge, spacious, long lobby!  There were over 20,000 attendees in multiple hotels throughout the area. We were fortunate to be in the conference hotel adjacent to the convention center. Breakout Groups In the afternoon we had lunch and the opening meeting of our advocacy groups. Our groups consisted of six teams with

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Meet the One Million Strong – Linda Kroll from Illinois

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET LINDA Linda Kroll, Survivor Chicago, Illinois LINDA’S STORY My ulcerative colitis had been in remission for years, and I was lulled into a false sense of security. When my (belated) routine colonoscopy found an aggressive tumor in my cecum, 12 inches of my ascending colon were removed two weeks ago, along with all of the cancer. I am blessed and grateful beyond words. I want to pay forward my second chance on life and encourage everyone to book your colonoscopy TODAY!It’s a painless exam that will save your life!

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MEET THE ONE MILLION STRONG – RACHEL M FROM FLORIDA

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET RACHEL Rachel McCarrell, survivor Lutz, Florida RACHEL’S STORY I was anemic for a while,always pale,tired, I just thought it was my heavy menstrual cycles. My GYN also confirmed that it was my cycles. I had received a blood transfusion and was getting iron infusions. Eventually I had a CAT Scan that showed a mass in my cecum. I had a colonoscopy which revealed a large mass and had surgery the next day. Pathology showed Stage IIIB Cancer with 4/25 positive lymph nodes. Chemo for 6 months. Cancer free now.  I

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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 – 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

Colon Cancer Around the World – World Cancer Day

It’s no secret – BLUE is our color around here. However on a day like today – World Cancer Day – we’re changing it up for the universal fight against cancer. Today, we support cancer survivors across the globe.  Hashtags like #FinishtheFight, Super Bowl ads featuring cancer survivors and a feed full of purple profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter shows us that we’re not the only ones touched by cancer. And – we’re not alone in this fight. We’re encouraged by all of the support and attention that World Cancer Day is receiving. And we’re happy to see the cancer community not only raising awareness about the need for

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Meet the One Million Strong – Paula T. from Texas

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET PAULA Paula Thomas, Survivor From Fort Worth, TX PAULA’S STORY I was initially diagnosed in 2011 with stage II colon cancer through a routine age 60 colonoscopy. My age 50 colonoscopy was clean, and I have no history of colorectal cancer in my family that I know of. Upon my diagnosis, I had a colectomy of the cecum area, and continued my life as an active employed adult professional. No chemo was taken as odds of recurrence were only 15 percent, I was told. Guess what…the cancer did reoccur,

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Meet the One Million Strong – Steven B. from Mississippi

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET STEVEN Steven Bocek, Caregiver From Columbus, MS STEVEN’S STORY My wife who has always watched out for me was recently diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Last year I turned 50. She insisted I go for a colonoscopy. I did. Found four polyps. Didn’t think to have her checked. She was having falling episodes. Finally in the ER, she was found to be anemic and losing blood from somewhere. Well, Guess where? Yes, the colon. The day before Thanksgiving, she was diagnosed. We are thankful that she fell. STEVEN’S ADVICE If and

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