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Scientific research is so important to knocking out colon cancer—that’s why we’re excited to announce we’ve recently awarded two $50,000 Never Too Young Coalition-AACR Fellowship in Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Research grants!

These grants will help awardees Drs. Sarah B. Stringfield and Tatianna C. Larman take a closer look at young-onset colon cancer, which will give us better understanding of this rising trend to stay on the offensive. Dr. Stringfield from the University of California, San Diego will explore colorectal cancer in young adults and how it may be different than cases of the disease in older patients, while Dr. Larman from Johns Hopkins University will evaluate young onset in a study that looks at ND5 loss as a potential predictor for future therapeutic approaches.

These grants wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support from Cheryl Lyons and her family who, along with Olympus Corporation of the Americas, host the annual Jake Lyons Memorial ‘Cancer Sucks’ Golf Classic in memory of Jake Lyons who passed away from colon cancer at just 31 years old. Every year Jake’s friends, family and colleagues came together to celebrate his love for golf and passion for spreading colon cancer awareness—the golf tournaments have raised more than $55,000 to support young-onset research!

Additionally, we would like to thank our Never Too Young Coalition partner Michael’s Mission for their continued dedication to investigating this trend and supporting this year’s grant, as well as Roanne’s Race—an annual 5K/10K in honor of Roanne Cairel that’s raised $40,500 to support research in this area!

What’s Next

We’re committed to helping decrease the rising rates of young-onset colon cancer and Drs. Stringfield and Larman’s studies will get us one step closer to finding a solution. Be sure to check back as we follow up with more information about these studies and their impact on diagnoses in those under 50. In the meantime, visit our Young and Brave website to get support, learn more about what we’re doing and ways you can take action.  

 Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information and support. If you have additional questions about colon cancer or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. 

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