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The Blue Hope Partnership Program provides funding to organizations that are making strides to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. Partners do this by:

  • Promoting access to screening

    Including providing free, at-home screening tests

  • Conducting innovative research

    Examining personalized medicine, biomarkers, and more

  • Connecting patients to treatment

    Including funding for transportation costs and nurse navigators

Funding for our Blue Hope Partners is made available through the Undy Run/Walk. Check out our 2017 Blue Hope Partnership Guidelines to learn more about the program and how to apply.


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Partners To Date


$266,850

Awarded Locally

Current Partners




Atlanta, GA - Northside Hospital Cancer Institute

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“Northside Hospital is extremely appreciative of the support provided by the Colon Cancer Alliance. Funding is used to sustain a thriving transportation program developed in previous grant years. These funds are used to purchase gasoline gift cards and pay for taxi cab services for colorectal cancer patients needing assistance getting to and from chemotherapy, radiation, and medical appointments as well as for patients who need assistance getting to colonoscopy appointments. The Colon Cancer Alliance Transportation Program has continues to grow each year and Northside Hospital and the patients we serve are extremely grateful for your support.”

Through Northside’s Colorectal Cancer Transportation Assistance Program, qualified patients may receive gas cards or taxi vouchers to assist with one way or round-trip transportation, within Metro Atlanta, to colon cancer-related activities such as physician appointments, colonoscopy appointments, colon cancer diagnostic testing, colon cancer treatment and medication refills. Thanks to the Colon Cancer Alliance and the Blue Hope Partnership Program, Northside Hospital is able to continue to offer these resources to assist these patients.

People served: 77

State-wide colon cancer stats:
4,040 diagnoses; 1,540 deaths

Buffalo, NY - Independent Health Foundation

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“We are honored to partner with the Colon Cancer Alliance as a Blue Hope Partner to help our Western New York community get the access to screenings and information they need about colon cancer. Our partnership enables us to reach those who might not otherwise utilize this critical part of healthcare.”

– Carrie Meyer, Executive Director, Independent Health Foundation

Independent Health Foundation Good for the Neighborhood Program encourages residents in western New York to engage in healthy living habits. The program provides a wide variety of health screenings, including take-home colon cancer testing kits. Any patient who needs follow up testing will be referred for a colonoscopy or other appropriate screening.

People served: 1,500

State-wide colon cancer stats:
8,490 diagnoses; 2,870 deaths

Cincinnati, OH - Meredith’s Miracles Colon Cancer Foundation

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Meredith’s Miracles offers financial “miracles” to colon cancer patients across the United States who are 40 years of age or younger. The funds are used to help pay for living expenses such as rent or mortgage payments, car payments, childcare and utility bills. By helping relieve these financial burdens, Miracle recipients can better focus on their health.

State-wide colon cancer stats:

5,510 diagnoses; 2,130 deaths

Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Clinic

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Cleveland Clinic has developed an online risk assessment tool that stratifies an individual’s colorectal cancer risk as average, low, medium or high based on personal and family history risk factors. Since its inception in 2010, over 26,000 individuals have completed the risk assessment, with more than 1,000 scoring high risk. They are working to confirm, with medical records, the personal and family history information reported; offer genetic counseling; identify what colorectal cancer screening has been performed to-date; and help to schedule any colorectal cancer screening that may be indicated.

State-wide colon cancer stats:
5,510 diagnoses; 2,130 deaths

Dallas, TX - Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers


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“Mary Crowley Cancer Research is grateful for our continued partnership with the Colon Cancer Alliance and is honored to help them further their mission of providing hope and support to colorectal cancer patients and their families”

-Ellen Dearman, Vice President of Development at Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers

Since 1992, the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers has been bringing new scientific discoveries to cancer patients through early-phase clinical trials. As of January 2013, there are 21 colon cancer patients at Mary Crowley on a waiting list for a clinical trial. The Blue Hope Partnership Program funding helps offset clinical trial development expenses required to recruit and open clinical trials for waiting colorectal patients who have exhausted all standard care options. Since January 2014, Mary Crowley has enrolled 56 colon cancer patients onto clinical trials giving them access to a new, innovative treatment option.

State-wide colon cancer stats:
9,690 diagnoses; 3,700 deaths

Denver, CO - University of Colorado

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“We, at the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program (CCSP), are very grateful for the funds we have received from the Blue Hope Partnership Program. We have partnered with Colon Cancer Alliance since 2008, and these funds have contributed to our success in screening over 15,000 low income, uninsured Coloradans throughout the state. The Program is a valued resource in the community, as illustrated by one individual screened through our Program writes: “It has taken a weight off my shoulders, as members of my family have died of colorectal cancer. It has been at the back of my mind always but I have not been able to afford the screening.”

The University of Colorado Cancer Center’s Colorectal Screening Program partners with healthcare professionals to provide no cost colonoscopies to the underserved statewide. By 2015, the program aims to raise the colon cancer screening rate to 80% of eligible Colorado residents.

People served: over 2,300

State-wide colon cancer stats:
1,770 diagnoses; 660 deaths

Jersey Shore, NJ - Monmouth Medical Center

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Monmouth Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital serving the uninsured and underinsured population of Monmouth County. The medical center has an existing breast cancer program that reaches more than 7,000 women annually. The Blue Hope Partnership Award will be used to add colon cancer education to that program to educate women over 50 and their spouses. Funds will also be used for lab and patient exam fees.

People served: 1500

State-wide colon cancer stats:
4,000 diagnoses; 1,420 deaths

Nashville, TN - Vanderbilt University

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The primary goal of the Genetic Testing for Underinsured Patients at Risk for Hereditary Colon Cancer Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is to improve access to genetic testing for low-income underinsured patients with hereditary colorectal cancer. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is motivated by the healthcare disparities caused by lack of insurance or resources for genetic testing in Tennessee. This project will provide uninsured or underinsured men and women with access – access to knowledge about their own hereditary risk for colorectal cancer and access to support for genetic counseling and testing.

State-wide colon cancer stats:

3,080 diagnoses; 1,220 deaths

Philadelphia, PA - Abramson Cancer Center

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In November 2011, the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania Health System created the first colon cancer screening navigation program serving the West Philadelphia population. Some patients served through this program have had to cancel screening appointments due to lack of transportation, inability to pay for the colon prep and other preventative factors. The Blue Hope Partnership Award will be used to eliminate any of those barriers to screening.

People served: 150

State-wide colon cancer stats:
6,300 diagnoses; 2,390 deaths

Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Department of Health Services

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The Arizona Department of Health Services’s FIT at Fifty HealthCheck program provides colon cancer screening and treatment services to low-income, uninsured men and women who are 50-64 years of age or experiencing colon cancer symptoms. Through funding from the Blue Hope Partnership Program, during the past year, 12 patients were diagnosed with colon cancer and able to receive the treatment they needed. This award also helps provide screening services for symptomatic patients younger than age 50 who would not be covered under the CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control and Prevention Program.

State-wide colon cancer stats:
2,630 diagnoses; 1,020 deaths

San Diego & Sacramento, CA - California Colorectal Cancer Coalition

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The California Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C4) works to eliminate the disparities in screening and treatment of colon cancer in underserved populations. Project Access provides screening for uninsured and underinsured residents of San Diego to be screened for colon cancer. The C4 screening program serves as a model for other programs throughout the United States. C4 continues an annual grants program awarding $60,000 to California Clinics that serve the under and uninsured to increase the grantee clinic’s colon cancer screening rate.

People served: 10,000 uninsured people have been screened,
with 7 cancers found, and 6 have successfully undergone treatment.

State-wide colon cancer stats:
13,890 diagnoses; 5,240 deaths

St. Louis, MO - Washington University at St. Louis

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The goal of the Washington University Colon and Rectal Screening Program is to provide colonoscopies (both screening and follow-up) and genetic testing to patients who either do not have health insurance, or who do not have adequate health insurance coverage and income to afford these procedures. The program also supports increased colon cancer education and outreach efforts at Washington University, reaching diverse and under-served populations to raise awareness of the importance of screening.

State-wide colon cancer stats:
2,860 diagnoses; 1,070 deaths

Tampa, FL - BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic

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“The Colon Cancer Alliance, through the Blue Hope Partnership program, has enabled our clinic, the Bridge Healthcare Clinic, to provide colon cancer screening and treatment to patients that would otherwise be unable to afford or access screening or treatment by any other means. We have already found and treated colon cancer and precancerous colonic polyps in many of our patients. Without a doubt, some of these patients would have progressed to more aggressive colon cancers if we are unable to screen them at this time. Our Clinic and patients would like to shout out our heartfelt thanks to the Colon Cancer Alliance.”

– Frederick L Slone, M.D. The University of South Florida Bridge Healthcare Clinic

The University of South Florida BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic is a student-run free clinic. Currently, the BRIDGE clinic has a process in place to screen all of the patients that enter into the Clinic for the need for colonoscopy, either based on age, family history or symptoms. The funding for these procedures is entirely dependent on the funds given to us by The Blue Hope Partnership Award through the Colon Cancer Alliance. With these funds we are able to provide our patients with colon cancer screening by either FIT testing or by colonoscopy. In addition, these funds are also used to buy the colonoscopy prep materials that the majority of our patients cannot afford. Over the past year, with these funds, we have been able to completely cure one colon cancer and remove pre-cancerous lesions from many others.

State-wide colon cancer stats:
9,930 diagnoses; 3,620 deaths