Creating our “Perfect”

Growing up, I always dreamed of being a mother and having the “perfect” family with two boys and one girl. Today, that dream can become a reality but with a much different approach than what I had originally thought. In October 2011, I was diagnosed…

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Keep Coming Back for More – Pam Seijo

Pam Seijo, Grassroots Action Committee (GAC) Co-Chair On August 19, 2000, as I was preparing for my 17th year of teaching, I finally gave into the pain and was admitted to the hospital. My colon had ruptured and I was given the grim diagnosis of…

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Meet the One Million Strong – Jennifer Irving from California

Meet Jennifer Jennifer Irving, family member Orange County, California Jennifer’s Story This past January, our world turned upside down when our dad (Tom, age 63) said the dreaded words that no family wants to ever hear. “I have cancer.” Time stood still. My heart pounded. And tears flowed. His next…

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Meet the One Million Strong – James G from Florida

Meet James James G, stage IV rectal cancer Boynton Beach, Florida James’ Story I was diagnosed in May 2010 with rectum cancer, had surgery at Cleveland Clinic in Florida with Dr. Wexner who removed the tumor and made a J Pouch along with a Ileostomy, staged at 3. Had the…

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PROSPECT Trial – CRC Clinical Trial Update

Since the inception of Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC), we have advocated for and supported cancer research. Clinical trials are the cornerstone of much of our research focus. For this next installment in our clinical trials series, we catch up with Medical Advisory Board member, Dusty Deming,…

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Piloting the Jr. Advocates Program

Piloting the Jr. Advocates Program By Maria Williams, GAC co-chair This year we piloted a Jr. Advocates Program. The program is designed for children ages 6 through 13 who participate in Fight CRC’s annual advocacy event, Call-on Congress. The idea started as a suggestion from…

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Meet the One Million Strong – Susan B. from Georgia

Meet Susan Susan Baggarly, survivor Milledgeville, GA Susan’s Story In early 2013, I began having rectal pain and some bleeding. I thought that it was related to exercise, so I set up a visit with my gynecologist who ordered medication to treat what we believed to…

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Young Adult Colorectal Cancer

by Keavy McAbee Is colorectal cancer in adults under age 50 (often called early-onset colorectal cancer (CRC)) becoming more common among young people, and are they being diagnosed at later stages? YES and YES This week is the annual Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week and in…

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Anyone Can Be An Advocate

by Chris M. Heffelbower Last year was my first Call-on Congress, and I did not know what to expect. As a stage IV colon cancer survivor, I wanted to advocate to my representatives for increased colon cancer research and funding. But could I do it? …

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