Make Your Voice Matter As a Fight CRC Ambassador

Your Story Matters

Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) Ambassadors are a close-knit group of colorectal cancer patients, fighters, and champions who push for better policies, research, education, and support for all those touched by this disease.

Each Ambassador pushes the Fight CRC mission a bit closer to the end goal: Victory over colon and rectal cancers.

Ambassadors are people just like you who make real change by telling their stories…

Ronnie’s Story

“I deeply regretted not getting screened years earlier.”Ronnie&Sherri

I turned down a colonoscopy for years. Like most men, I just didn’t want to do it. I kept putting it off. Little did I know how grave my decision would be.

One day, I had an MRI after docs thought I herniated a disc in my lower back. Two days later after attending a funeral for a fellow police officer who was killed in the line of duty, the phone rang. Expecting a follow-up call from a bone doctor, I was shocked when a gastroenterologist was on the line. The MRI and a subsequent colonoscopy revealed stage IIIb colorectal cancer.

After radiation, chemo, and an extensive surgery which removed my lower colon and rectum, I was finally cancer free. But I deeply regretted not getting screened years earlier.

I learned that colorectal cancer is 90% curable IF it’s caught early! My surgeon recommended the Fight CRC Ambassador program because I didn’t want anyone to have to go through what I went through.

I’ve spent 20 years serving my country in the U.S. Air Force. Then 17 years protecting my community as a police officer. Now, I’m sharing my cancer story and saving lives as a Fight CRC Ambassador.

Marisa’s Story 

“After the cancer was gone, I was ready to move on. But I had yet to process the emotional trauma from my experience.”

10 months after my son was born I started developing what I thought were hemorrhoids, which is common after childbirth. But, during a routine follow-up, my Gastroenterologist urged me to get a colonoscopy.

Although I had no family history of cancer, the colonoscopy confirmed my worst fears: I had stage III rectal and anal cancer.

The first doctor I met with recommended surgery as soon as possible. Bewildered at how quickly things were escalating, I called my mom. She immediately sprang into action, getting me an appointment with the top oncology surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Shortly after, instead of having surgery, I underwent 33 days of radiation followed by 2 weeks of chemo. Months later, a follow-up scan showed no signs of the disease. I was cancer free, but as a new mom had no time to celebrate. I learned that the treatment that saved my life also made me infertile. I would never be able to have more children.

After the cancer was gone, I was ready to move on. But I had yet to process the emotional trauma from my experience.

When Fight CRC contacted me about the ambassador program, I said to my husband, “I’m ready to meet other survivors.

Now, my story is saving lives. And I’m getting the emotional healing from sharing my story. For me, the Fight CRC Ambassadors are the sorority that I didn’t know I needed.

Amanda’s Story

“My friend urged me to get screened – even though I was only 34 years old.”

When my best friend lost her husband to colon cancer, she lost the love of her life. And their three young children lost their father, all in an instant. The impact colon cancer had on her family was devastating.

While her husband was fighting cancer, she urged me to get screened – even though I was only 34 years old. Soon, a colonoscopy revealed distressing news: I had stage II colon cancer.

What I thought would never happen to me and my family came true. But that was just the beginning. After a doctor recommended that both my parents get screened, my 60-year old mother, who never had a colonoscopy, was also diagnosed with colon cancer. Doctors also recommended that my children have their DNA tested at age 18 and get colonoscopies at age 24.

My friend, who lost her husband to colon cancer, saved my life, and the lives of my family! My debt of gratitude to her and my overwhelming sense of appreciation drives me to help prevent untimely deaths from colorectal cancer. My role as a Fight CRC ambassador helps me achieve that mission.

 

Are You Interested in Becoming a Fight CRC Ambassador?

CONNECTION Individuals who have faced colorectal cancer either personally, through a loved one, or through their career, who would like to step up and become a champion fighter. We welcome patients, caregivers, family members, medical professionals, and all those touched by the disease to apply.

AMBITION  Ambassadors are the men and women who strive to fight colorectal cancer by offering their time, strengths, and stories as models for the entire Fight CRC community. They are all in!

WILLINGNESS TO LEARN  Ambassadors are people like you with stories waiting to be told. Fight CRC will give you the tools and training to make a difference with your unique story.

AVAILABILITY  Ambassadors support the mission of Fight CRC through awareness, advocacy, research, and patient education. After the one-year term, our hope is for ambassadors to remain active in the community.

2019 Ambassador Applications are now closed. Our next recruitment will be in Spring, 2020. For more information or other immediate ways to get involved, please contact Anna Cowan at vol_mgr@fightcrc.org.

Thank you to our 2019 Ambassador Program Sponsors:

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Interested in becoming an Ambassador Program Sponsor? Contact Michell Baker at michell@fightcrc.org. You can also make a donation to support the amazing work of our Ambassadors.