认识一百万强 - 来自蒙大拿州的希拉里-B.



Hillary Begger, caregiver
Billings, Montana


My name is Hillary Begger and my brother Aaron was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2010 at the age of 25.

Flash forward to  present day - Aaron is still fighting. Unfortunately, in order to remove the 32 cm tumor from his colon, a permanent colostomy bag had to be placed. During a routine procedure to clean the wound from his first surgery, they found that the cancer had spread to his pelvis. Due to the location, it is inoperable.

Since another cousin of ours developed the same form of cancer at a similar age, genetic testing was conducted to determine if a genetic mutation was the culprit.  Unfortunately it was; we discovered that our family carries the gene tied to 林奇综合征这大大增加了在年轻时患这种类型癌症以及其他癌症的机会。基因测试显示,我和我的两个兄弟,亚伦和凯尔,都有这种突变。


One Million Strong means exactly what it says - we are not alone in this fight and we are stronger when we fight together. When a family member is diagnosed with cancer, it is easy to isolate yourself, tend to the problem day by day and give updates as people ask. Lately, though, I have found that joining together and reaching out for support is one of the most beneficial and healing things that you can do. I recently started a fundraising page, as I will be running a marathon to help raise money for my brother and this organization, as well as awareness for this type of cancer. I am absolutely floored by the amazing support I have received in just 24 hours. Our family has never felt stronger and more motivated to keep fighting this disease.




Training is going well so far, I'm up to 8 miles! Some days certainly feel like a trudge but I always remind myself as long as I just get the miles in it doesn't matter how fast I go. Running for a cause makes a huge difference for me and reminding myself that I'm running for my brother and to raise awareness for this incredibly prevalent type of cancer really drives me on.

Aaron is actually healing up from a huge surgery to remove his tumor at the University hospital in Denver. We saw the MRI of it and it's about the size of a cantaloupe, basically his entire pelvis and creeping up in to his abdomen. They were able remove the whole thing and also his prostate and bladder so he will end up with a urostomy but the hope is he will be pain free and hopefully (fingers,toes,eyes and any other body part you can think of crossed) cancer free. It ended up being about a 12 hour surgery.








Hi there! Just wanted to check in with you guys and let you know that the marathon went awesome!!!

It was a whirlwind of a day but the best part was having my entire family come together for support and also getting to give Aaron a big ole hug at the end knowing his health is in a MUCH better state than when I started training. I'm getting all the donations together and the page updated and will be making a donation to Fight CRC in the very near future. I can't thank you enough for your continued support, this whole processed has opened my entire family's eyes to the massive amount of support available to us out there. Thanks again!

It's been one week since the big race and I'm just finally starting to wrap my head around all the crazy emotions and happenings of the day.

The support and love shared that day was out of this freaking world! I had someone there to cheer me on from when I woke up at 4am to catch the bus to the start line to my last step across the finish line after 5 hours later. In fact it ended up being a big ole family fest and it couldn't have made my heart feel any happier, literally it felt like it was going to explode. Actually it did..out my eyeballs.. when I couldn't stop crying for the last 2 miles. There's this crazy amazing thing that happens when all your humans are all in one place. It's an emotion that can't exactly be described but for me it's something along the lines of the excitement of when the last sibling finally pulls up to join the gathering, the comfort and content I feel while having morning coffee with my mom and sisters(in-laws), the frustration when my brothers think it's hilarious to squeeze my legs after running a marathon and the overall love and acceptance we have for each other at any given time in life no matter what the circumstance. Pretty much that's why I started crying at the end besides the whole I-don't-have-to-run-another-freaking-step-and-I'm-so-overwhelmingly-happy-about-that thing.

When I started training/raising money for Aaron he was in pretty rough shape. Day to day life was not an easy thing and we were at a bit of a stand still as far which way to go next in the whole treatment game. When I finished the marathon Aaron could easily walk over to me after hanging out all morning sitting and standing and what not. It's mind blowing to me the way his life has changed just within 6 months. We're talking total 180, future lookin oh-so-bright kinda stuff. Sure does make it all worth it.

So to everyone that donated-you rock my world.

To everyone that liked, shared, commented-you're the freaking best.

And anyone that sent good thoughts, prayers and vibes-we seriously couldn't have made it without you

This has been one of the most humbling experiences I've ever had in my life and I feel so stinkin’ blessed to have received all this support.