History


The Colon Cancer Alliance was founded in 1999 by a group of 41 survivors, caregivers and friends who saw the need to educate the public about colon cancer and provide support to those affected by the disease.

Though it began as a simple online support group, the passion and vision of those involved began a nationwide movement. Following the sudden death of integral founder Marshall Kragen and the National March to Conquer Cancer in 1998, the group intensified their efforts.

Communicating by e-mail and meeting in online chat rooms, they created the organization’s name, logo and mission. From that point, they built the legal and administrative framework, providing the foundation for all current Colon Cancer Alliance initiatives.

In 1999, the first annual meeting of the Colon Cancer Alliance was held in Washington, D.C. Shortly after, a board of directors was appointed and a committee structure put in place for the workgroup. After 15 years, we still honor and remember those who helped shape the organization into what it is today.


Founders


We are honored to recognize the outstanding service of the following individuals. Their hard work and dedication made the Colon Cancer Alliance a reality.

  • Dorothy Bandi
  • Carolyn Beeker
  • Janet Blalock
  • Patti Clapp
  • Terry Danielson
  • Maria Donatucci
  • Julie Edell
  • Gail Estes
  • Richard Farrell
  • Gilles Frydman
  • Bill Glenning
  • Deirdre Good
  • Jacquie Graham
  • Gail Harris
  • Amy Kelly
  • Bonnie Knapp
  • Marshall Kragan
  • Kevin Lewis
  • Fred MacDonnell
  • Pam McAllister
  • Darrell McGarvey
  • Pat McGoldrick
  • Gregory Monahan
  • Cathy Moore
  • Kate Murphy
  • Michael Retsky
  • Nancy Roach
  • Laurette Savary
  • Priscilla Savary
  • Julian Sheffield
  • Vivian Sitton
  • Don Sherrill
  • Andrew Spiegel
  • Judi Sohn
  • Teri Testa
  • Jerome Ward
  • Jana Weber
  • Jeannie Moore
  • Shelly Weiler
  • Randall White
  • Susan Williams