With just over two weeks to go until Team Colon Cancer Challenge takes to the streets of New York City, our runners are enjoying the tapering period of their training. At CCCF HQ, we are gearing up to celebrate our amazing team and cheer them on as they tackle every borough on November 6.

Another pre-marathon Friday, another inspiring story to share. Today we introduce you to Frank Schwall, a stage 3C early age onset colon cancer survivor who is running his second consecutive NYC Marathon just four years after his colon cancer diagnosis (did your jaw just drop? Because mine did!). Frank was diagnosed before the age of 50 – one person playing a part in an alarming trend that the CCCF is facing head-on with our annual Early Age Onset of Colorectal Cancer (EAO-CRC) Summit. Stay tuned for future blog posts detailing the latest updates from the front lines of EAO-CRC research!

For now, back to Frank. Here is his story.

Team Colon Cancer Challenge member and stage 3C survivor Frank Schwall

Team Colon Cancer Challenge member and stage 3C survivor Frank Schwall

I am running the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon with the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation in honor of all those battling colon cancer. My goal is to raise money for the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation which funds new, innovative and important colon cancer research projects with a focus on Early Onset colon cancer (before age 50), raises awareness and promotes colon cancer screenings.

Frank crosses the finish line in 2015

Frank crosses the finish line in 2015

I was diagnosed with stage 3C colon cancer on December 12th, 2012 at the age of 48. So you can see why this is an important issue to me! Some of the life expectancy “statistics” gave me a 60 – 40 chance to survive. But I was lucky. I had great doctors along with support from family and friends and of course faith. I maintained a positive attitude and a fighting spirit. I believe there was a reason this happened to me. I feel called to help spread the word about the importance colonoscopies as prescribed by your doctor. However your doctor can’t recommend a colonoscopy if you don’t go in for annual physicals! So make the time to see your doctor every year. It can save your life. It did mine. And for those of you out there that are still battling colon cancer keep fighting! I’ll be thinking of you on Nov 6th!

We would like to thank Frank and all our team members who have taken the time to share their stories with our community while training for this year’s marathon and kicking butt with fundraising too! Click here to support Frank, and if you’d like to make a general team donation, click here. Every dollar makes a difference!
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