When you support the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) with a Planned Gift, you will be making a difference for years to come. The CCA’s Legacy Society can combine your philanthropic plans and estate planning goals to create positive change in the lives of those affected by colon cancer.
Through the CCA’s Legacy Society, we can help you find the right type of gift, plan a will, and more.
For more information or to get started today, please contact Nicole Sheahan at 202-628-0123 ex. 103.
Legacy Society Member Spotlight
After Carol was diagnosed with colon cancer, she expressed a strong interest in learning more about her disease. It was with zeal that she found the Colon Cancer Alliance and realized the support system that exists through our informational pages, toll-free Helpline, and connections to health professionals and patients across the country.
As someone diagnosed at an early stage, she realized quickly how preventable and treatable colon cancer can be. Knowing that many people could not afford screenings, she set out to help those in need. Carol lived life to the fullest, but always kept sight of what was important: giving back. In late 2010, we learned of Carol’s death and the gift she left to our organization. She believed in helping people and wanted to ensure screening was available to everyone, regardless of their financial status. With her extremely generous donation, we help carry on Carol’s vision by increasing funding for colon cancer awareness and screening programs, including Blue Hope Financial Assistance.
When Gail Gadekar went to the doctor in 2002, she expected to be treated for a minor urinary tract infection. Instead, she received the shock of her life: a stage III colon cancer diagnosis. Later, she learned that her family had a strong genetic predisposition for colon cancer, Gail and her family had no knowledge until her diagnosis. Instead of giving up, Gail fought her disease bravely, vowing to beat her cancer. She participated in clinical trials, helping to provide desperately needed research information for her condition and future patients. Unfortunately, Gail passed away on May 22, 2008.
Before her passing, Gadekar wanted to make sure to help those in her same position. As someone diagnosed at 39, Gail expressed a strong interest in increasing awareness for those under age 50 and encouraging screening as a whole. Her father, Dr. S.M. Gadekar, a biochemist in the pharmaceutical research field, chose to honor Gail’s wishes and memory by donating her inheritance to the CCA’s Blue Note Fund, which provides one time grants of $300 to help patients and families currently battling colon cancer. The CCA thanks the Gadekar family for their generosity.