World Cancer Day: It’s Personal for Us

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As we recognize World Cancer Day, we lock arms with fellow fighters around the globe and recognize our shared commitment to end this dreaded disease called cancer.

Today, we thought about diving into what we're doing on the Hill. We also thought about introducing you to our amazing work in colorectal cancer research and presenting the inspiring stories and volunteer opportunities at Fight CRC. But when it came down to it, we decided to get personal.

Because cancer is personal.

Tell us why you fight

Why do you fight? Share your story, flex a #StrongArmSelfie for social media and get involved. Let's unite today for a world without cancer.

Why do we fight?

"I fight because I believe we are stronger together than we are alone, especially when facing cancer. This is a special day we get to be together celebrating our friends and family touched by all cancers. We also get to share stories about our friends and family we miss."

- Anjee Davis, President
Molly

"Cancer became personal to me at a very young age. My grandfather passed away from kidney cancer when I was just a few months old, and unfortunately, since then cancer has continued to touch the lives of my family and friends. It can be easy to feel helpless. But when I discovered the patient advocacy world, I found that while this disease can bring tremendous hardship, it can also bring incredible strength and community. So I fight by helping to empower and support those touched by cancer - to amplify their voices and impact positive change through advocacy."

- Molly McDonnell, Director of Advocacy

"I fight because cancer is not fair. Cancer might be strong but we are stronger. It's proven in times like this when we all come together to honor, celebrate and remember all those affected by cancer. Cancer has impacted me personally and given me different views on how we advocate for ourselves, loved ones, community and future. This year will be my first time participating in a Call-on Congress. I am ready to fight for more. It's time!"

- Olivia Welch, Advocacy Project Manager
Michell

"Losing my dad to colon cancer devastated my family. I'm here to use my voice to fight for a cancer-free future with the hopes of preventing this from happening to someone else's family! Attending my first Call-on Congress in 2009 was the first commitment I made in the fight against cancer!"

- Michell Baker, Director of Philanthropy

"I fight against cancer and colorectal cancer specifically, because it is so deeply personal. At 23 years old, I lost my mother to colorectal cancer and I almost didn't survive the loss. I was broken, hopeless and attempted suicide; I could not bear to live on this earth without her.  After receiving help and learning to cope with my loss, my father was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and he passed away when I was 26. The majority of my twenties was spent in grief and learning how to live without my parents. Eventually, I was able to reminisce about my parents and feel happiness at the memories, but it took a long time.  At 36 years old, I am grateful to work at Fight CRC, where I am able to take the most painful chapter of my life and transform it into something beautiful and purpose driven."

- Erin Darboze, Health Policy Manager

"When I was 5, I lost my dad (age 36) to testicular cancer. He died less than a year after being diagnosed. Almost exactly 44 years after losing my dad, my husband was diagnosed with stage IIIb rectal cancer. I fight for hope. I fight to one day celebrate 'World Without Cancer Day."

- Theresa Maschke, Content Writer

"I didn't have a choice to fight cancer and a lot of what comes with being a survivor is out of my control. But, I did choose to share my story. Every few months, I choose to attend my follow-up appointments. I've chosen to team up with Fight CRC because I want other patients to know they're not alone." 

- Danielle Ripley-Burgess, Chief Storyteller

"Cancer has touched my life in different ways. My grandfather and dad both lost their lives to cancer, and working for Fight CRC has opened my eyes to the threat it carries for people of all origins and age groups. On World Cancer Day I fight for all to have access to prevent, detect, and treat cancer, and to one day live without that lingering threat."

- Melissa Frantz, Project Coodinator

"On World Cancer Day and everyday of my life I will relentlessly champion for everyone affected by cancer. As an immigrant from a third world country, I know how much resource, research and education means to the cancer community globally. We have come a long way as a community but there is still much more to go. Which is why I am so glad to be apart of the Fight CRC family championing for those without access to resource because no one fights alone." 

- Bailey Guthrie, Project Coordinator

"Cancer has touched my life in more ways than I care to say. My grandmother, my grandfather, my mother, one of my best friends, and even my dog have all been touched or taken by cancer. It is a ruthless disease with no boundaries, and unfortunately, we are all at risk. We're fortunate that colorectal cancer is preventable in most cases, but it is critical that we continue fighting for life-saving research and remove barriers to screening in order to save lives."

- Emily Piekut, Sr. Communications Manager

"On World Cancer Day, I join in the fight against cancer for my mother and aunt who beat their diagnoses, and also for my grandmother who lost her battle against cancer. This day restores the hope that, while cancer may be strong, we are stronger, especially when we unite and fight together. Although cancer has affected everyone in some way or another, I fight for a day when that will no longer be the case."

- Natalie Reynolds, Program Coordinator & Administrative Support
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"World Cancer Day is a day that we can all stand united in this battle. I fight for all Fight CRC advocates who have been affected by this disease and in honor of those who are gone too soon."

- Elizabeth Jordan, Sr. Marketing Manager

"I fight for everyone that I have lost to cancer. I fight for my family's future and for day when we no longer lose loved ones to these diseases."

- Sam Monica, Multimedia Manager

"I fight because I see the need to raise awareness and funding for research to improve health outcomes and the lives of cancer patients and their families."

- Reese Garcia, Sr. Manager of Research Advocacy

“Today, and everyday, it is important to fight the fight against cancer - But today especially you truly see the magnitude of individuals affected in some shape or form and how they come together for one common goal. We will continue to use everything we have to spread awareness and evoke real change - We will keep showing up for those who need it most. Together we are relentless champions of hope!”

- Ali Overstreet, Community Manager
Devin

“Millions around the globe have cancer - even more, family members and loved ones are affected.  Each step of progress we take means patients are living longer and lives being fuller.  That's something I feel is always worth fighting for.”

- Devin Heid, Technical Analyst

"Being diagnosed with cancer (or having a loved one suffer through it, as in my case) can be the most trying experience of our lives. Early in the journey, I realized that the path to better health is easier by 'being' with others. Sharing knowledge, experiences, and resources in our colorectal cancer community results in improved prognosis, treatment options, and quality of life. It helps those struggling now and honors the loved ones we miss. On World Cancer Day, while looking forward to a cancer cure, I strive for more patients cured, in our time!"

- Maia Walker, Lead Curator of the Fight CRC Clinical Trial Finder
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“Since joining Fight CRC I’ve been amazed to see the strength and resiliency that comes from raising a unified voice. On World Cancer Day, I fight for my aunt who beat her cancer diagnosis, and for the hope that one day we can live in a world that is free from cancer.”

- Rebecca Nance, HR & Operations Manager

"Over the years the connections I have made with advocates and survivors has made this cause even more personal to me. I fight everyday in honor of our community of relentless champions."

- Andrew Wortmann, Director of Innovative Marketing

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