In Honor Of

Anyone who has been touched by colon cancer knows the importance of a strong support system. As we continue the fight to eliminate this disease all together, join us in recognizing those we've lost, and those who have helped, along the way.

Cathy - L


from Loraine, IL

I was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004. Thanks to my brother Gary he was diagnosed in 2001. I finally got checked in 2004 it was almost to late for me but my brother and other family kept on me to get checked. I went through chemo and radiation. It could have been avoided if I had had a colonoscopy early. My brother passed away and lost his fight with colon cancer July 31,2012. He saved my life and 5 other brothers and sisters. I now get my colooscopy every 2 years. My children have been tested.        So see my brother...

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michael - R


from rockville, MD

My sister, Janice Devorah, died of colon cancer at the age of 34 in 2002.  I never knew that someone that young could get colon cancer.  My maternal grandfather died of it in the mid 70’s, but it was never really discussed. I am a strong advocate of knowing your family history and getting tested.  My sister left behind 3 young children whom she won’t get to see grow up, but hopefully her memory will make an impact on others.  I wear a blue bracelet in March for awareness.

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Lori - Missoula


from Missoula, MT

My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at the age of 62.  She died 6 wks later.  Sadly, she never did get screened and the only symptoms she had (a couple of weeks before her diagnosis) was feeling flu-like symptoms.  Some of her last words to her children were to ensure we all got colonoscopies and not avoid it like she did.  She died August 22, 2005 and I miss her so very much.

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Stephanie - Hayes


from Hayes, VA

My mom was diagnosed a year and 1/2 ago with colon cancer.  She died on March 4 after a long, courageous, yet exhausting and difficult battle.  It breaks my heart to think of the pain that she endured before her death.  There has got to be better screening and better treatment. I wish the blue ribbon was as recognizable as the pink ribbon.  I will help spread the message!!!

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Amy - Roanok


from Roanoke, VA

My sister was diagnosed at age 44 with stage 4 Colon Cancer.  Her only symptom was sciatica nerve pain down her leg.  Finally it became so painful they did an MRI and found the tumor.  She passed away a year and a half later.  No family history of colon cancer. Had her tested for Lynch Syndrome, it was fortunately Negative.  As her sister I am doing all an can to screen and be on the lookout for any symtoms as well as see a genetic counselor.

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