My name is Grace De La Rosa and I am a stage III survivor.
I was diagnosed in August of 2005, after going to my doctor about dark spots on my legs and fatigue. I learned I was severely anemic and needed a blood transfusion.
The last thing I ever expected to hear the doctor say was cancer. I was only 38, and married with two children. I just kept thinking there has to have been some mistake.
My cancer journey was just beginning, and I was scared. But I wasn’t just going to sit back and let cancer beat me. I turned to the Colon Cancer Alliance to find out anything and everything I could. For me, knowledge became power. It made me realize I could get through this. One gift can impact a journey. Give today.
Because of past support from people like you, the Colon Cancer Alliance can continue to provide lifesaving programs and services to myself and so many others. Your simple gift of $25, $50, $80 or more will continue to make vital programs like these possible:
- Patient Navigator Program: Navigators guide patients and families through all stages of cancer care, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship, offering resources and information.
- Buddy Program: Buddies are trained patients, survivors and family members who use their own experiences with colon cancer to provide peer-to-peer support to those in need.
I've learned that I am not a survivor because I cheated death. I’m a survivor because I adapted to change. By making a tax-deductible contribution to the Colon Cancer Alliance, you too can give patients this opportunity.
Grace De La Rosa
Colon Cancer Alliance Buddy and Volunteer