Stars Go Blue Benefit Concerts
Our Stars Go Blue Benefit Concert has lit Nashville blue in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month for the last five years. Proceeds from this fun-filled event have benefitted our Blue Note Fund, helping patients in need, a program founded by Nashville’s own Grammy- nominated artist/producer Charlie Kelley. We’re proud to say that over these five years, we’ve raised more than $250,000 and helped nearly 850 families in need.
Columbus Crawl for Cancer
More than 5,000 people participated in the 2013 Crawl For Cancer, a bar crawl across Columbus, Ohio to celebrate cancer survivors and raise money for a cure. The Dave Platfoot Foundation mobilized 20 friends and family members to participate in honor of Dave Platfoot, who passed away from colon cancer in 2008 at the age of 36.
Team Britton – A Hole in One
Team Britton has “tee’d” up another victory in their second annual Team Britton Golf Tournament. The dinner, silent auction and tournament events raise awareness about colon cancer and celebrate the life of Britton Butler, who was diagnosed with colon cancer at just 22.
Boston Scientific and the CCA Team Up to Develop a New Screening Assistance Program
In support of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, Boston Scientific employees in Massachusetts purchased colorectal cancer awareness pins to raise money for the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA). Boston Scientific employees wore the pins in March to show their support while raising $20,000 to benefit the CCA. The money will be used to develop a new colorectal cancer screening assistance program.
Going Coast to Coast for Cancer
The Colon Cancer Alliance is proud to have been part of the Million Dollar Marathon, a 4,000 mile team marathon relay across the country. Team CCA was proudly represented by CCA ambassador Teri Greige, Cary Colbert, Christi Liebe, and Michelle, Michael and Nicole Sheahan.
Highway to Health: Driving Towards a Future Without Colon Cancer
When not working to save lives, Northeast Digestive Health Center continues to raise awareness in the fight against colon cancer. For the second year in a row, the Center hosted its annual Highway to Health car show for members of the greater Charlotte community.
Steph’s Fall 5K – To Remember, Reward and Inform
Stephanie Godri-Johnston was a devoted daughter, sister, wife and mother. But at the young age of 29, she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. After valiantly fighting her disease, she passed away in May 2012. For the second consecutive year, to commemorate Stephanie’s charitable spirit, runners came out to Steph's Fall 5K, celebrating her legacy, education, fitness and to raise awareness about colon cancer.
Partying with Purpose: Parrot Heads of Puget Sound
Parrot Heads of Puget Sound may sound like a Jimmy Buffet enthusiast group. But in actuality, they are a tight-knit group who gets together and has a good time giving back to their community. This year, the Parrot Heads put together a bar crawl and poker run benefitting the Colon Cancer Alliance. Now that’s a fun way to give back!
Turning Tragedy to Triumph: Charlton Walk and Ride for Colon Cancer
After Chip Powers was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, he and his wife, Tracy, knew they wanted to get involved. Their story of tragedy and triumph has served as a conversation-starter to help encourage people to get screened. They started the Charlton Walk and Ride for Colon Cancer last year and continue to help save lives and spread awareness in their local community.
Running for James: Awareness Advocate Gone Runner
Craig Schwartz never considered himself a runner. In fact, he downright doesn’t like to run. But on November 18, 2012, Craig found himself participating in the Philadelphia Marathon. Because though he’s not a runner, he is an advocate. And after watching two dear friends lose their battles to colon cancer, Craig wanted to help spread colon cancer awareness.
My Fine Wheels
After multiple family members and a co-worker’s wife were diagnosed with colon cancer, Anthony Rubio decided to demonstrate his commitment to raising money and awareness for colon cancer in a unique way – through a car and motorcycle show he called My Fine Wheels.
Bidding for the Stars
Cameron Neusen’s grandfather was her biggest fan. He championed her horseback riding, doing everything from growing the horse’s carrots to cheering her on at competitions. After watching her loving grandfather battle, and ultimately pass away from colon cancer, Cameron vowed to do something about this terrible disease.
It’s a Family Thing: Relaying to Raise Awareness
Until June 2011, the Valades family lived a relatively normal Texas life – until Elena was diagnosed with colon cancer. While Jose, Elena and their two sons went through this trying ordeal, they received endless love and support from family, friends and those in their community. And this support spurred the family to go up against, and conquer, quite the feat.
Roanne’s Race: Honoring a Warrior
After battling colon cancer for five years, Roanne Cairel lost her valiant fight at just 24 years old. In commemoration of Roanne, her friends and family hosted a 5K/10K race in November to support the CCA’s Research Program.
La Peer Health Systems: Inciting Screening Nationwide
The physicians in La Peer Health Systems’ Department of Gastroenterology are bold, innovative and will do (just about) anything to encourage colon cancer screening. This Los Angeles group recently launched a new website and is establishing a new colonoscopy center in hopes of spreading colon cancer awareness and encouraging screening both locally and nationally. Hear how we partnered with them in a fun, corky social media campaign and what’s coming in the future!
Ina Rose: Fighting Cancer in All 50 States
After Ina watched her superman-like father succumb to colon cancer, she became fixated on spreading colon cancer awareness – through running. But we’re not talking one marathon, here. Ina has vowed to run a marathon in all 50 states over the next 20 years. Congratulations on both a physical and meaningful feat, Ina!
Party for a Purpose: San Francisco’s Reason to Party
On June 16, Reason to Party hosted their Spring Gala: Speakeasy Meets 2012 to benefit the CCA’s Blue Note Fund. Founded in San Francisco, Reason to Party strives to, “make philanthropy fun, cool, and accessible.” Over the course of the night, spring gala attendees had the opportunity to wander through two levels that offered everything from digital and fine art installations to cocktails and contortionists. The event raised more than $14,000 for the CCA’s Blue Note Fund.
As a young man, Victor Delgadillo never really appreciated his ability to grow a mustache. This changed, however, when Victor was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in November 2008. Four years later, Victor celebrated a clean bill of health this November. And to show his support for cancer awareness, he grew a mustache and participated in Movember, raising funds through a CCA Blue Star Tribute.
Running for Kaye: The Heart of Biddeford 5K Race
Kaye Richardson saw great importance in nutrition, exercise and a positive attitude. So when she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, she was determined to overcome the disease with her healthy habits. In November 2011, after a year-long battle, Kaye passed away. But her memory lives on; this summer, in Kaye’s honor, her loved ones continued a special event to raise awareness and advocacy about this crippling disease.
Crabbing for a Cause
In honor of their father Max, Nilda and her siblings held the Max Bracero Crabbing for Cancer Memorial Fundraiser. Family, friends and members of the community celebrated Max’s life by spending the day sharing in all of Max’s favorite pastimes: crabbing, listening to salsa music, playing dominoes and spending time with loved ones.
Team Britton: Raising Hope In Loving Memory
Britton Bulter was only 22 years old when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. In order to help those in need, he and his family came up with the idea to hold a golf tournament to benefit those seeking treatment. Sadly, Britton passed away in February of 2012, just three months before the scheduled tournament. His family continued Britton’s dream, holding the tournament on May 24, 2012 and raising over $15,000.
Going the Distance to Fight Colon Cancer
From an early age, Dan’s father instilled a love of sports in him and his brothers. Dan dreamed of training with his dad to run the Charlottesville Marathon, however, his father passed away right before the start. In his father’s memory, Dan persisted in completing the race and raising awareness about the disease.
Remembering Jane: Let’s Have a Peek
Looking for a way to honor their mother’s life, Lynn and her family turned to teespring.com and designed a custom t-shirt. With the slogan “Let’s have a peek” on the front and “ask your doc about a colonoscopy” on the back, the McIntyre family raised over $800 for the Colon Cancer Alliance and helped to increase awareness about the disease in a fun and unique way.
Dan’s Alpine Colon Climb
Although neither he nor his family had been directly affected by the disease, Dan had personally experienced how colon cancer has the potential to hurt individual lives and families. Dan chose to raise awareness by doing something completely new and daring: climbing a 14,411 foot strato-volcano. On June 23, 2012, he and eight other climbers set out with three guides towards Mount Rainier’s summit.
Striking Out Colon Cancer in Memory of Coach Weaver
For over 30 years, Dave Weaver coached softball players and teams across the country. When he lost his battle with colon cancer in June 2011, it only seemed fitting to honor his memory by holding the First Annual Dave Weaver Memorial Softball Game. The game was a huge success, raising more than $1,000 to provide hope and support to colon cancer patients.
Rose Nappa 5K Run/Walk
When Aubrey began to design her senior project, she had a clear focus in mind: to raise money and awareness about colon cancer. Months of hard work and planning resulted in the Rose Nappa Colon Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk which took place on April 28 and raised over $3,000 in honor of Aubrey’s grandmother, Rose Nappa.
Cars For Colons Cruise In
CCA volunteers Danielle and Chris hosted the “Cars For Colons Cruise In.” They painted Chris’ race car with the CCA logo and were joined by more than 50 other cars and participants. On top of that, they raised over $500!
Miles for a Cause: Mike’s Team
After Mike was diagnosed with colon cancer, he and his wife Emily and friend Brian were determined to form a team and raise funds and awareness about this disease. They decided to run the Santa Cruz Half Marathon & 10K, and although Mike was still undergoing treatment at the time of the race, he and the rest of Mike’s Team all successfully finished. With the support of friends and family, Mike’s Team surpassed their fundraising goal and raised an impressive $3,540 to support CCA programs and services.
Read more about Mike’s Team.
Racing for Ron
On July 31st, Amelia DeCesare completed the Crabman Sprint Triathlon in honor of her brother-in-law, Ron Amore, who was diagnosed in November 2010 with stage III colon cancer at age of 27. Through donations from 75 contributors, they raised more than $3,200 to help support the CCA programs that have helped Ron. He has now finished chemotherapy and is currently cancer free!
Giving Back: In Memory of Carol Green
Carol Green took life by the reins. Although she beat colon cancer, she died at the young age of 60. Thanks to a generous gift she gave to the CCA in passing, Carol will leave a legacy of hope for colon cancer advocates and survivors for years and years to come.
Getting Down & Dirty Against Colon Cancer
On April 19th, 2011, Francis Shanahan, Chris Gazzo, and David Gazzo, a.k.a. "Team Mandelbaum," ran the grueling 11.5 mile Pennsylvania “Tough Mudder” in honor of Francis’ wife, Karen. Through donations from over 50 contributors, they were able to raise more than $3,000 to help support the CCA’s programs that had helped Karen get through her diagnosis.
New York School District Goes Blue
The Palmyra-Macedon Central School District, located just east of Rochester, NY, participated in National Dress in Blue Day and raised over $600. The event was organized by Kristen Wright, who lost her 43 year old sister to colon cancer last June.
GI Docs Go Shiny to Save a Hiney
For National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, five male physicians at Gastroenterology Associates, PC (GAPC) in Virginia held a competition to raise money and awareness for colon cancer. Patients, nurses, doctors, and staff voted for the doctor they’d most like to see “go shiny” by shaving his head. Votes were cast in donations buckets and Dr. Choi, the doctor whose container collected the most money, shaved his head at a celebration on March 29. GAPC matched the funds collected for an impressive $4,000 raised overall!
Colon Cancer 'Warrior' Holds Successful Golf Tournament
The Colon Cancer Alliance partnered with the Swan/Morefield "Bringing Up the Rear" golf tournament. The day's events brought together more than 150 golfers, volunteers and medical professionals for a day of golf and education at the Aliso Viejo Country Club in Orange County, California. "The idea was to establish a fun event," said Laura Morefield, a stage IV colon cancer "warrior" (as she likes to describe herself). "I was diagnosed at age 48 with advanced colon cancer on the ascending colon — the most difficult to detect — and I was shocked by what I didn't know about this disease."
Corvettes for Colorectal Cancer
In honor of her husband’s brave battle with colorectal cancer and love of Corvettes, Joan Forgione started "Corvettes for Colorectal Cancer" in 2010. Joan’s husband, Pat Forgione, lost his battle in February 2010 after three years with the disease. In order to support Pat’s goal to help others with this cancer, Joan made some calls and turned his wishes into a reality.
Santa Claus + Colorectal Cancer = Todd Setter
What do Santa Claus and colorectal cancer have in common? Todd Setter. For the past five years, Setter has been raising eyebrows and money with his Santa Cause fundraiser. The event premiered in December 2004, six years after Setter's father, Ron, passed away from colon cancer. Since then, the Santa Cause Pub Crawl has raised over $30,000 to help CCA with education and resources and more importantly, it has helped spread awareness about the prevalence of the disease and the importance of early screening and detection.
From End to End: Antarctica Expedition 2008
Tom Davenport, a colon cancer survivor, reached the South Pole on January 1st. He is now skiing back to Chile.
Jeremy Kaish's Bar Mitzvah Project
Jeremy made 40 key chains in honor of his grandfather, Harry Silber. He died when Jeremy was just 8 months old. Jeremy will soon be 13. He sent the key chains, and a letter, to friends and family and raised over $3,500.
Magill's Donates to CCA Every Week
Magill's restaurant in Pasco, Washington, has been hit hard by colon cancer. Co-owners Marty and Darren Martin were both diagnosed with colon cancer in 2007. Now the restaurant will be donating a portion of its profits to the Colon Cancer Alliance every Tuesday.