Never Too Young Taskforce
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance convened the Never Too Young Taskforce to address the concerns and needs of young colorectal cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.
The rise of young-onset colorectal cancer (YO-CRC) is an alarming public health issue. The incidence rate of colorectal cancer is rising by about 2% annually in young people. YO-CRC patients face unique clinical challenges, as many are diagnosed at advanced stages of the disease and subjected to aggressive treatments.
Through local and national efforts, the Taskforce raises awareness about young-onset colorectal cancer and seeks to remove the stigma associated with the disease.
The Never Too Young Taskforce
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s Never Too Young Taskforce's volunteer leaders spread the life-saving message that you’re never too young for colorectal cancer.
Stage 3 survivor who is tired of losing people she care about to this preventable, treatable, and curable disease. She will not quit using her story, and theirs, to raise awareness.
Stage 3C rectal cancer survivor, wife, mother, and nurse. Advocate for raising awareness, increasing screening, and emphasizing prevention so that no other families ever have to endure what my family has been through these past five years.
Mom, sister and wife dedicated to early prevention screening and patient self advocacy. I lost my sister 2 months after her 37th birthday due to stage IV colon cancer which went undetected with no symptoms until she gave birth. I volunteer with the alliance to honor my sister Dominique and her memory.
Two time stage IV CRC thriver. I shouldn't be alive today, but I am and there is purpose. My purpose is to advocate so others don't have to go through what many of us have.
The opportunity to be on the N2Y Board means a lot to me because colorectal cancer has no age minimum or maximum and I want to encourage everyone to get checked - early!
Minnesota native navigating survivorship and sharing my story while helping as many people as I can on the journey. Life can be fragile and unpredictable, especially when facing a cancer diagnosis. You’re not alone.
Stage 3 survivor and Community Health Worker with big Aunt energy and a passion for CRC screening advocacy
Colorectal cancer widow, determined to advocate and raise awareness about young-onset colorectal cancer. Passionate about supporting fellow caregivers!
Stage I survivor who is advocating the importance of an early stage diagnosis.
Stage III rectal survivor and mother of 3 will faithfully advocate, educate, and support until colorectal cancer is eradicated.
Mother of a Stage I survivor who wants to advocate for early testing and intervention for all experiencing symptoms of colorectal cancer and those with family history.
Ally who lost her mom to early onset colon cancer, determined to spread awareness and carry on her memory.
Dr. Tami Dean
After receiving the news in 2021 that her 41 year old sister had a stage IV colon cancer diagnosis, Dr. Tami became a passionate advocate for education, resources, and supporting research for colorectal cancer. Since losing her sister in 2022, Dr. Tami has a deep passion and calling which has ignited in her to share her sister's story, advocate and use her voice, time and resources! Dr. Tami's goal is to help other families and loved ones not to have to experience a loss like she did.
Stage III survivor and warrior diagnosed over 20 years ago at the age of 24. Jeffery joined N2Y because he believes our legacy is measured by the lives we inspire and not by the assets we acquire. "And it’s about time I began leaving my legacy."
Ally & advocate who lost her cousin's wife to stage IV CRC at age 29. Passionate about the mental health of all those affected by CRC.
Stage 3B Survivor, THRIVER & Permanent Ostomate who shares her story to educate others on the importance of being screened and to advocate for themselves as well as inspire other ostomates and counsel through the good and bad days but also remind them they can ROCK their BAG and continue to live a FULL life!
Stage IV survivor, husband, father, youth running coach, determined to spread awareness and encourage screening for CRC.
Tammy was a caregiver to her father before he passed away from CRC. With a sister who has colitis, Tammy is passionate about getting people screened, learning more about side effects, and living a happy and healthy lifestyle.
"One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else's survival guide" -Brene Brown
Advocating for the patient, the survivor, the caregiver, and everyone in between.
Stage IV survivor, passionate advocate and volunteer, diagnosed at age 38. Taking cue from her young twin sons, we all need to talk more about poop, butts and guts!
Diagnosed at 34 in 2014, Kendra knows the difficulties of navigating treatment, financial health and long term survivorship that come with a cancer diagnosis. She will always use her VOICE to advocate for improved systems and partnerships in the support of patient care.
Stage 3 survivor, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) carrier, ostomate, advocate, pawrent to two pups and animal lover, baseball fanatic, and everything else in between.
Adventure enthusiast and survivor who is willing to climb any mountain for young-onset awareness.
Stage III survivour and obsessive poop watcher. Healthcare worker who likes to scare people straight about colorectal cancer.
Dr. Paul O'Rourke
Young onset survivor, dad to 2 amazing boys, and primary care physician passionate about promoting CRC awareness, screening, research, and patient/caregiver support
After living through COVID, in June 2021, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Colon Cancer. I want to spread awareness and advocate for a younger screening age. I hope to start a non-profit soon to help support these efforts.
5 year stage III survivor and advocate, dog mom to two crazy Shibas, animal lover, sports fanatic, and everything else in between.
Stage IV survivor. 9 years since diagnosis, 7+ years NED, still going strong. Outspoken and passionate New Yorker.
Survivor, advocate, and ostomate. She might be tiny but her voice is loud when it comes to making sure everyone knows about colorectal cancer screening!
"Hope" is the thing with feathers (Dickinson) was her sister's favorite quote and she devoted her (short) life to that philosophy. To honor her sister's legacy, Dawn strives to help others hear that Hope sing, and maybe become a believer along the way.
Continuing to contrive a plan for this cancer to release me alive. Young survivor still surviving, but aiming for thriving.
Mother, wife, and young onset Stage IV Colon Cancer survivor hoping to help others by raising awareness of colorectal cancer. Stay strong, stay positive, and never give up.
Advocate who lost a dear friend at 45 in 2004 and then our son at 23 years old. Colorectal cancer must be stopped. "I must be the voice for our loved ones our young loved ones."
A Stage 4 Survivor and mom! I was diagnosed in pregnancy and want to help other CRC parents!
Stage II Rectal Cancer survivor who wants to help others get screened early and prevent having surgeries and chemo.
Ally who lost his beautiful wife to colon cancer at age 39. Passionate about the importance of driving more resources into research, both to understand what's driving the rise in young-onset CRC and to find a cure so we can save lives.
"It's not what happens to you, it's what you do with what happens, so stay focused and trust the process"
Wife, mother, nurse, and stage IV CRC survivor; looking to raise awareness and screening for CRC because, as Mr. Rogers says, anything mentionable is manageable.
"There are blessings even in our pain. Even in the pain of a cancer diagnosis, it can help us live more present, more grateful and enjoying the little things in life. It can help re-order the loves of our life. It's more important how we lived our life rather than the length of our life. I’m hopeful that my story will help others know that they are not alone and organizations like the Alliance and the colorectal cancer community are here to listen and help in any way possible. Let’s help each other get through it.”
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance's Never Too Young Taskforce advocates for all young-onset patients and survivors. We remember and honor the following N2Y Taskforce members who passed while serving on the board: Anna Alexander, Patrick Beauregard, Dominique Caldwell, Darcy Egan, Jennifer Fake, Joy Freedman, Kevin Hays, Nicole Lorenz, Angelina McIntire, Peg Myrick, Jennifer Rio Ruddle, Christy Royder, Valarie Schlosser, Diana Sloan, and Shannon Sylvain.