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Honoring My Father Through Advocacy

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

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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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Portland One Million Strong Highlights

The day kicked off with flashing lights from a police car leading a parade procession, a snare drum cadence setting the pace. Cheers from a crowd of people dressed in blue and holding rally signs marched through downtown Portland. Roaring engines of light blue concrete and dump trucks followed the marchers until the final destination appeared – Pioneer Courthouse Square. As the parade broke up, colorectal cancer advocates flooded into an open outdoor area, “Portland’s Living Room,” where tables with information about colorectal cancer, games like “Pop the Polyp,” massage chairs and food trucks lined the perimeter. DJ O.G. One played beats from the stage as the whole area focused

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