My Best Friend’s Death – Maria’s Tribute to Belle

by Maria Williams, advocate I lost my best friend Belle Piazza a short time ago. As I sit here rereading through the email she sent me regarding her final wishes, I find something I had either forgotten or suppressed. She asked with great clarity to write about her final experience, her death. This is something Belle…  Read More

Ramucirumab – A New Treatment Option

The FDA approved the use of the drug ramucirumab (brand name Cyramza®) on April 24, 2015 for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer in combination with FOLFIRI. Ramucirumab with FOLFIRI is now approved for patients whose cancer has progressed during or after treatment with first line therapies (typically FOLFOX and bevacizumab (Avastin®). Ramucirumab was approved after the…  Read More

Meet the One Million Strong – Gayle P. From Kentucky

Meet Gayle Gayle Pendleton, caregiver Louisville, Kentucky Gayle’s Story I lost my brother, Michael, to colon cancer in 2009. He lived for only four months after his diagnosis. Michael was 52 years old at the time and had few symptoms prior to being diagnosed in late June 2009. Unfortunately, by that time, the cancer had already spread;…  Read More

Meet the One Million Strong – Amanda H. From North Dakota

Meet Amanda Amanda Houston, survivor Fargo, North Dakota Amanda’s Story In August 2013, at the age of 34, I was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer. Shortly after, I was also diagnosed with Lynch syndrome. In November 2013, I received good news after having my three-month scans. But shortly after my celebration, I found out that my mother,…  Read More

Meet the One Million Strong – Traci J. From Colorado

Meet Traci Traci Johnson, survivor Castle Rock, Colorado Traci’s Story I was diagnosed in 2012 with stage IV colon cancer at age 42. With no family history, this was a complete shock. I have had many ups and downs, but two-and-a-half years later, I’m alive and kicking! My cancer is still there but it is stable thanks…  Read More

Meet the One Million Strong – Rob B. From Arkansas

Meet Rob Rob Boling, survivor Paragould, Arkansas Rob’s Story I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in late June 2014. I thought I was having an appendicitis attack and went to my local doctor. That day I had a CT scan. Once it was complete I got into my car to leave and the phone rang…  Read More