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This month we highlight the exceptional efforts of the Ryan Family, who facilitated the Paddy Open Golf Tournament on September 19 to benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance. This first-time event was an enormous success resulting in a donation of $12,767 for our Treatment Assistance Program.  

Matthew Ryan, with the help of his family, coordinated the golf tournament in memory of his father, Patrick Ryan, who passed away in January of 2016, just 18 months after being diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Pat was an avid golfer and surfer so the Ryan family knew a golf tournament was the perfect avenue through which they could raise both awareness and funding for the cause.

Belmont Country Club in Ashburn, VA hosted the tournament, which included closest to the pin contests, longest drive contests, and raffle prizes for the 125 golfers, all of which were friends, relatives and colleagues of Pat’s. The golf tournament ended with a luncheon and a standing ovation for Matthew, one of many moments that day that would have made his dad proud.

Lori Tait, Matthew’s aunt, shared that the Colon Cancer Alliance’s work gives their family hope that one day there will be a cure for colon cancer. The family has already started planning the 2017 Paddy Open and intends to make the event bigger and better.

The Colon Cancer Alliance is grateful for the Ryan Family’s support, which allows us to continue to provide services and support to patients and their families. For more information about the Colon Cancer Alliance’s patient support services and programs please visit our website.

If you are interested in facilitating your own event in support of the Colon Cancer Alliance, please contact Jordan Winn, Manager of Individual Giving, at jwinn@ccalliance.org or (202) 207-0246.

Visit our website to learn ways you can get involved. Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information about colon health. If you have additional questions about screening or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. We’re here to help!


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