Dwayne Coleman

Climb Host

Dwayne's headshot

About: Dwayne was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer in December 2020 at age 55. He was in the best physical shape of his life. He was in the gym three to four days a week. He hiked, biked, and was a runner. He ate well, was not a smoker, and only drank occasionally. He also had no history of cancer on either side of his family. He had no symptoms at all until he started passing blood in summer 2020. Because of a best friend’s terminal cancer diagnosis 20 ago, he had been getting thorough annual physicals. He assumed that early signs of cancer would show up in his blood work. He was wrong. The tumor was growing; cancer was spreading into his lymph nodes, and he had no idea. After having surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments in 2021, he is relieved to say that his latest bloodwork and CT scan in January showed that he is NED (no evidence of disease) – complete remission. After his diagnosis, he began researching colon cancer and found the Fight CRC website. The information was very valuable to him as he chose his surgery and treatments. The website also mentioned things to talk with his doctors about that he  would not have known otherwise. He decided that he wanted to be more involved with Fight CRC, so he became a sponsor for the Climb For A Cure fundraiser last year. 

Why Dwayne Climbs: “To raise awareness about colorectal cancer, support a good cause, and to enjoy a fun activity with friends and family. I climb for myself and other friends who have been affected by cancer. I love to hike, and Climb For A Cure is a great way to combine my love of being outside and exercising with raising money for a great cause.”

One thing that keeps Dwayne motivated: “My cancer is still very fresh in my mind. Because the cancer, surgery, and treatments robbed me of my good health for a solid year, I am still struggling to get back in shape. But despite all that I have been through, I am determined to get back in shape.”

Dwayne’s advice to Climbers: “To the climbers, caregivers, and survivors, ‘Live your best life,’ and try to enjoy every minute of every day. To the patients, adopt a fighting attitude, and never give up hope.”