We may still have several inches of snow on the ground, but spring is right around the corner – and so is Colon Cancer Awareness Month! This March promises to be the most exciting yet. With the launch of our Protect Your Butt campaign, we plan to add some much-needed humor and sass to this critical awareness-raising time of the year. So think warm thoughts, flip your calendar to March and make a note to join us on Wednesday, March 1 for our first event: 

The World’s Largest Booty Shake!

Yes, we’re talking Guiness Record-setting booty shaking here, folks. Imagine thousands of people gathered at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park in New York City, shaking their butts to some classic tunes. The World’s Largest Booty Shake will be an exciting way to kick off Colon Cancer Awareness Month – and help us spread the word about our Protect Your Butt campaign.

The Booty Shake is at 12pm on March 1 at the Naumberg Bandshell, located on the Mall in Central Park just off Terrace Drive around 72nd Street.

This event is free of charge, and a great way to spend a lunch hour. Bring your friends, family, kids, colleagues! And don’t forget to wear blue!

We are so grateful to have amazing sponsors for this event: Mount Sinai Hospital, Epigenomics and Bracco Diagnostics. And we are grateful for everyone who will join us for this awareness-raiser! See you there!

 

 

The United Airlines NYC Half Marathon is about six weeks away. If you are a runner of any level, there is still time to join Team Colon Cancer Challenge and train to conquer this amazing half marathon course. So, in a final plea to help fill our remaining spots, read on for 13.1 reasons to take on this 13.1-mile challenge!

  1. It’s in the name: NYC. There is simply no other city like it, and no other race course like this one. When else in your life will you ever be able to run through Times Square being cheered on like a celebrity? NYC rocks. And this race rocks NYC.

    Look! There you are running through Times Square!

    Look! There you are running through Times Square!

  2. Speaking of “number two” – no, not that number two! – colon cancer is still the number two deadliest cancer in this country. But this disease is also preventable, treatable, and beatable. Join us and help spread that message to the tens of thousands of runners and spectators you will encounter on race day!
  3. This race is in March. March is also Colon Cancer Awareness Month. So, hello, help us spread colon cancer awareness during Colon Cancer Awareness Month! How’s that for synergy?
  4. Like swag? This race has great swag! You’ll get a dry fit shirt (plus a team shirt from us!)…
  5. … a super cool medal…
  6. … and a heat sheet. Which means you will look like a badass when you finish. You will BE a badass when you finish!

    This is me at last year's race. Bad. Ass.

    This is me at last year’s race. Bad. Ass.

  7. Runners take better #BELFIES.
  8. A half marathon is a whole, awesome accomplishment. Seriously. How many people do you know who’ve run 13.1 miles? Go for it!
  9. Running a half marathon for a charity is a win-win. You’re doing something great for yourself AND others. Woohoo!
  10. We may be biased, but running for our charity is a winwinwinwinwinwinwin.
  11. Your participation truly means so much to us. With the launch of our Protect Your Butt campaign, we are poised to reach – and help – millions of people. But we can’t do it without proper funding. We depend on you, and we need your help (and your friends’ and families’ moolah).
  12. This race is an opportunity to embrace your inner voyeur and peer into the windows of fancy apartments on the West Side Highway at a slower pace than in a car – or is that just me? Have I said too much?

And finally, reason 13.1: Bragging rights. Not just that you ran this race, but that you ran it with us. You chose to make a difference in the lives of those fighting colorectal cancer, honor those who have won their battle against this disease, and inform everyone else. Because this disease should be on everyone’s radar.

After all, #Belfies can only get us so far!

Seize the moment. Click here to register for Team Colon Cancer Challenge today.

We are still looking to fill a few more spots on Team Colon Cancer Challenge for the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on Sunday, March 19. A half marathon is a huge achievement, and while it may be daunting to think about running 13.1 miles through Manhattan, this race is so exciting and entertaining the time (and miles) fly by! So if you’re on the fence about whether or not to join us, know that you will not be alone in your apprehension. And you will have a memorable, awesome experience. So go for it!

Our team is comprised of both veteran and novice runners. Today, we introduce you to Dr. Matthew Morrison. Matt has somehow found the time to start running despite working as an ER doctor and we are so grateful that he’s joined us!

Dr. Matthew Morrison and his grandmother Nancy

Dr. Matthew Morrison and his grandmother Nancy

“My name is Matt Morrison, and I am an Emergency Medicine doctor in New York; I’m 32, and have been running for a year. As a new runner, my attitude towards a Half-Marathon is best described as Abject Terror, but I have been told it is a manageable goal (and emotion). I am running the NYC Half in honor of my grandmothers, Nancy LoBue and Jean Morrison, both of whom passed from colon cancer.”

Matt’s story reminds us of the critical importance of knowing your family health history. While age 50 is the recommended age to begin regular colon cancer screening with no family history of the disease, those with a family history must be screened earlier. We also know that the rate of early age onset colorectal cancer (in those under age 50) is rapidly increasing every year. And we are not afraid to talk about it.

Our new Protect Your Butt campaign is going to help us spread this message: get smart and get screened. Know your family history. Know your recommended screening age. Know the signs and symptoms. And don’t be afraid to talk about it – to your family, and to your doctor.

Click here to support Matt’s fundraising, and click here to learn more about Protect Your Butt!

The United Airlines NYC Half Marathon is right around the corner, and the intrepid souls who dare to brave winter weather are in the midst of training to conquer 13.1 miles on Sunday, March 19.

This awesome race will take our team and tens of thousands of other runners around Central Park, through Times Square, down the West Side Highway, to the finish line on Wall Street. Does this course sound good to you? We still have a lucky few spots left on our team! Please click here for more info and to submit an application today!

We are amassing a fantastic, diverse team of runners and we are excited to share some of their stories here on our blog. For the first time ever, we have three sisters who will be running together. Ashley and her twin sisters Lesley and Lindsey Hays will be traveling from Florida (now that’s the place to be training!) to run with Team Colon Cancer Challenge.

The Hays Sisters

The Hays Sisters

“We are participating in the Colon Cancer Challenge in memory and honor of friends and family that have fought this disease. We are fortunate some have won the battle, but unfortunately we have had to mourn the ones that lost. We decided to join the Colon Cancer Challenge to raise awareness of this disease to promote screening and early detection. We are most looking forward to raising awareness of this disease, remembering our loved ones that fought and making our own NYC memories that we will have forever!”

While the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation is based in New York, we are thrilled that these races help us draw together a team from all over the country and the world. After all, colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer in this country and others, so our message of awareness and prevention is one we need to spread far and wide.

When you join Team Colon Cancer Challenge, you are helping us spread that message by raising much-needed funds. But you are doing more. You are pounding the pavement of NYC, passing thousands of spectators, wearing your bold blue shirt with our Foundation’s name emblazoned across it. And you are taking our name and our mission back to your friends, family, and community. That is something to which you cannot attach a dollar amount. We are very grateful for each and every team member and look forward to connecting with more of our United Airlines NYC Half runners!

It’s a new year, and we are thrilled to announce the roll-out of our Protect Your Butt campaign! You’ll be hearing more details about this ground-breaking, far-reaching, butt-kicking campaign in the coming weeks. (And yes, you will understand what is up with those fuzzy butts in headsets!)

Coming soon to a phone near you!

Coming soon to a phone near you!

Right now, we’d like you to take a moment to take out your smartphone. Open the camera. And snap a selfie of your butt.

Yes, you read that right. We are bringing the BELFIE (that’s butt-selfie, folks) to social media in an effort to add some eye-catching humor to this campaign and this cause. We firmly believe NOW is the time to conquer the stigma attached to colon cancer – and the way to break it down will be through conversation, creativity, and humor. BELFIES will get people laughing and talking, and the more people we get laughing and talking about the funny stuff, the easier it will be to talk about the serious stuff.

The BELFIE: not just for Kardashians anymore!

The BELFIE: not just for Kardashians anymore!

Yes, that is my butt. And my kids’ butts. I am putting our butts out there for this cause and I hope you will too!

Feeling self-conscious about sharing a picture of your butt with the world? THAT’S THE POINT. Talking about colorectal cancer takes us out of our comfort zone, too. But it’s really, really important. And the more we can talk about it, the less uncomfortable we will feel. This awesome and hilarious campaign is going to help get us there. But we can’t do it without you (and your butt).

There is also a fundraising aspect to this initiative. Because our Protect Your Butt campaign is the most ambitious we’ve ever undertaken (we’re talking reaching hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of people), we need to raise money to make it happen. So we’ve set up a BELFIE fundraiser on Crowdrise – and a good old-fashioned competition to go along with it!

Introducing The BELFIE Challenge: once you upload your BELFIE, challenge your friends and family to vote for you and upload their own! Send emails, post to social media. We want to see who can raise the most money by posting their BELFIE to our site. Every $5 donation is a vote for a BELFIE, and there will be a prize for our top BELFIE!

So, here’s what you can do to join the Protect Your Butt campaign and maximize the impact of your BELFIE:

  1. Snap your (PG-rated, please) BELFIE and upload to our BELFIE Crowdrise page;
  2. From your Crowdrise fundraiser page, share your fundraiser on Facebook and Twitter with friends and family, encouraging them to vote (i.e. donate) for you and/or upload their own BELFIE; and
  3. Share your BELFIE on our Protect Your Butt Facebook page (and please “Like” this page while you’re at it) – we hope to gather a gallery of BELFIES, to show the world that we are kicking butt and no one should be afraid to talk about colorectal cancer!

Remember, every butt counts.

Greetings, bargain hunters! We hope you have staggered out of your Thanksgiving food coma as you gear up for holiday shopping.

One quick reminder from your friends at the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation. Did you know that you can support us simply by doing your shopping on Amazon.com? Just click here and you will be directed to AmazonSmile – the same Amazon you know and love, but we get a 0.5% charitable donation of your eligible purchases!

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The AmazonSmile program is a great way to make a difference at NO COST to you. As of November 2016, Amazon has given almost $38 million to charities.

Once you sign up and select us as your charity, you’ll be able to enjoy Amazon while supporting CCCF with every purchase. The banner at the top of the Amazon page will read “amazonsmile” and you will be able to see that you are supporting us directly beneath the main search bar.

If this is getting too technical, just stop reading now and start shopping instead!

If you hover over or click on our name, you will be able to see how much of a donation your purchases generated as well as some information about us. You can even create an AmazonSmile bookmark with one click, so that your browser will always to go smile.Amazon.com.

Happy bargain hunting and thank you for your support!

Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. And what comes next? Why, Giving Tuesday of course! Once you’ve had your fill of tryptophan, shopped til you dropped, and scoured the Internet for more bargains, it is time to open not only your wallet (again), but also your heart. So get your social conscience out of its food coma and read on to learn about the #GivingTuesday movement and why you should consider donating to the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation.

We are one week away from this global day of giving. Last year, over 700,000 people in more than 70 countries raised $116,000,000 – yes, that’s one hundred and sixteen MILLION dollars – for a vast number of non-profit organizations. Here is a nifty video put together by the folks over at Giving Tuesday if you want to learn more.

Now, in the coming days you will hear about Giving Tuesday from many, many non-profit organizations. One thing we all have in common? We need YOUR money! Non-profit organizations like the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation rely on donations made by individuals like you to not only fulfill our mission but also to keep the lights on. With so many non-profits needing your dollars, it can be difficult to choose where to donate. Allow me to make the case for the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation.

Why give to us? 

Colon cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in this country, and yet our funding lags behind certain other cancers (ahem, boobs).

Ok, but wait, why us, and not one of the several other colon cancer non-profits out there?

Right. Let me take a moment to humble-brag about our amazing co-founder, Dr. Thomas Weber. Dr. Weber founded the nation’s first public colon cancer awareness event, the Colon Cancer Challenge, in 2004. Dr. Weber is a practicing surgeon whose research has been funded by the NIH and American Cancer Society. Dr. Weber is a world-renowned scholar who speaks all over the globe on a variety of topics related to the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer. But Dr. Weber is also committed to helping other researchers and physicians pursue their work in this arena; hence our commitment to awarding research grants and the establishment of our annual Early-Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Summit.

We may be a small organization, but we are mighty. We are on the front lines of the battle against colorectal cancer. We are in the operating room and in the lab. We are raising awareness through our events and our new online campaign (more about that soon!). We are determined to break through and emerge as the world’s leading colon cancer non-profit organization.

But we can’t do it without you.

So please, mark your calendar. And on #GivingTuesday, November 29, think of us. And click here.

 

The 2016 TCS New York City Marathon is in the books, and we could not be more proud of Team Colon Cancer Challenge.

Anthony G., Anthony S., Courtney, Dana, Frank, Jason, Kaleigh, Lou, Margie, Michael H., Michael P., Pat, Paul, Sara, Steven, Teresa:

Together, you ran almost 420 miles on Sunday, November 6. Together, you raised over $76,000 – our second-highest Crowdrise fundraiser ever. Together you formed a team of powerful, inspiring stories. Together, you raised awareness – something that can’t be quantified, but is nevertheless critically important.

Whether it was your first marathon or your sixteenth, your lives changed on November 6. You ran, and you finished, the 2016 NYC Marathon. How many other lives changed that day? How many people read the bold white and orange writing on your blue shirt and thought, “Oops, I’m overdue for my colonoscopy!” How many people took out their phones and Googled the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation? How many people thought to tell someone they know about our organization?

We will never know the answers to these questions. What we do know is that we had a team of 16 enthusiastic athletes whose passion for this cause carried them through the five boroughs of New York City to the finish line in Central Park. For your participation, your passion, and your incredible fundraising effort, we thank you.

P.S. Extra thanks to those of you who were able to attend our pre-Marathon dinner on Saturday evening! It was wonderful to see you all. Thank you for being there, and thank you for your incredible enthusiasm and positive energy.

 

 

 

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden presented the Cancer Moonshot Task Force Report. The Cancer Moonshot is a program launched by President Obama in his 2016 State of the Union Address with a mission “to make a decade’s worth of progress in preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer in just 5 years.” Colorectal cancer features prominently in Biden’s report, including a shout-out to the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) and American Cancer Society’s “80% by 2018” initiative.

eightyby2018_emblem-01The Cancer Moonshot is an important and exciting step in the war on cancer. As the task force report details, the goals of the Moonshot are far-reaching and ambitious, but also achievable. An unprecedented number of government agencies are working together and engaging the private sector to accomplish the following strategic goals:

  1. Catalyze new scientific breakthroughs
  2. Unleash the power of data
  3. Accelerate bringing new therapies to patients
  4. Strengthen prevention and diagnosis
  5. Improve patient access and care

In discussing goal #4, to strengthen prevention and diagnosis, the report details “longer-term projects” including “expand colorectal cancer screening efforts in the United States” and “remove barriers that limit access to colorectal cancer screening.”

The Cancer Moonshot report states that increasing access to screening is a priority and mentions 80% by 2018 as one of the screening initiatives currently supported by the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP). We are proud that our very own Dr. Thomas Weber is a current member and Chair Emeritus of the Steering Committee of the NCCRT, and we are also proud to be one of over 1,000 organizations who have partnered with the NCCRT and the American Cancer Society to help spread the word about 80% by 2018.

So what is 80% by 2018? It is a goal: to have 80% of adults aged 50 and older screened for colorectal cancer by 2018 (currently, about 1/3 of this population, or 23 million people, are not getting tested as recommended). It is also a pledge, taken by both organizations and individuals, to get smart, get screened, and help spread the word. As an organization, we have committed to help eliminate disparities in access to screening by empowering and educating our constituents via our website, outreach efforts, and Colon Cancer Challenge events. As an individual, you can make a commitment to educate yourself about when to get screened and what symptoms to look out for; to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle; and to help spread the word to your family, friends, and community. Join us!

For more information on the Vice President’s Cancer Moonshot, click here; and click here to read the entire report.

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!