Christine Rizk, right, is an Arizona Ally with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance

Volunteer spotlight: Christine Rizk

Christine Rizk, right, is an Arizona Ally with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance

Through the service of nearly 2,000 volunteers across the country, the lives of colorectal cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers are greatly improved, and we grow closer to ending this disease together. In this Q&A, get to know Christine Rizk (on the right in the photo above), a passionate and dedicated Colorectal Cancer Alliance volunteer from Phoenix, and consider becoming one yourself

Can you tell us about yourself and your connection to colorectal cancer?

Since 2015, my connection with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance has evolved from a shared goal of supporting patients with education and resources during their treatment to a dedicated partnership aimed at promoting prevention, research, and early detection as a Blue Hope Partner in Arizona at HonorHealth. Over the years, my relationship with the Alliance has grown from community engagement to a more expansive role, serving on the planning committee for the Phoenix Walk to End Colon Cancer and as an advocate to share the valuable support the Alliance provides in Arizona.

In my current capacity, I am fostering connections with like-minded individuals and developing local initiatives and business relationships to amplify the message of screening, prevention, and support. Whether forging partnerships within my community or advocating for awareness on a broader scale, I am driven by a singular mission: to empower individuals with knowledge and resources that can ultimately save lives.

My experiences with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance are a testament to the power of collaboration, resilience, purpose, and unwavering dedication in the face of adversity. Through my multifaceted involvement, I am honored to contribute to a cause that holds personal significance and stand with allies in the mission against colorectal cancer.

Why did you sign up to volunteer with the Alliance?

I joined the Alliance as an advocate driven by an unwavering belief in its mission. The Alliance's dedication to supporting prevention, patients and caregivers, and advancing research for colorectal cancer prevention and treatment resonates deeply with me. It's not just about the actions taken; it's about the impact they have on individuals and communities. By aligning myself with the Alliance, I am part of a collective force committed to making tangible strides in combating this disease. It's an honor to contribute my time and energy to an organization that embodies compassion, resilience, and continual progress against colorectal cancer.

What have you found most rewarding about your volunteer service?

The most profound reward of my volunteer service with the Alliance lies in the connections forged and the friendships cultivated with survivors, advocates, and families impacted by colorectal cancer. Each individual's journey is marked by unique struggles and triumphs, yet we converge in unity, bound by a shared purpose: to drive awareness, promote screening, and inspire action in our communities.

In the tapestry of our shared experiences, I've discovered immeasurable strength and resilience. Every story is a testament to the human spirit's capacity to overcome adversity, while every advocate's voice amplifies the urgency of our mission. Together, we form a network of unwavering support and determination, propelled by a collective commitment to effecting positive change.

Through these connections, I've found solace, inspiration, and a profound sense of purpose. There is immense power in working alongside individuals who understand the feelings of loss, share your passion for making a difference, and inspire you to strive for greater impact. Together, we are not just spreading awareness; we are igniting hope, instilling courage, and transforming lives.

The bonds forged through our shared dedication to the Alliance extend far beyond volunteer service; they are threads of resilience woven into the fabric of our collective efforts. As we support others while they navigate the complexities of colorectal cancer, we find strength in our unity, solidarity in our shared purpose, and hope in the promise of a brighter future. This, to me, is the most rewarding aspect of my volunteer service—a testament to the enduring power of human connection and collective action in the face of adversity.

How do you think volunteerism impacts the mission to end colorectal cancer?

During a recent volunteer effort with fellow Arizona Ally Wendi, we were stationed at Road Runner Sports in Scottsdale to raise awareness about colorectal cancer screening. A pivotal moment occurred when a hesitant man approached our table, well past the recommended age for screening. Despite initial resistance, Wendi courageously shared her personal story of loss, recounting her husband's unfortunate battle with the disease. Her words resonated deeply with him, penetrating barriers that seemed impossible. In that poignant exchange, I was reminded of the profound power within each of us—a unique gift born from our individual experiences. It became evident that our collective strength lies in our diverse stories and perspectives. Every volunteer brings a distinct narrative, offering a myriad of ways to connect with others and convey the importance of our cause. I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside such inspiring individuals, each enriching our shared mission with their own compelling stories in a mission to save lives. 

Our amazing partnership with Road Runner Sports in Arizona has provided moments like these to interact with our community and share the mission of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. The business has extended a special offer for all of 2024 for allies, who can use code C4X2P300 at checkout on to get 10% off online purchases. A portion of the proceeds will support the Alliance. Plus, if a person is a VIP member or joins at checkout, they can get a total of 20% off! 

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Can you share a memorable moment you’ve had while volunteering with the Alliance?

Volunteering with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance has not only enriched my life with meaningful connections but has also provided me with unforgettable experiences that have deeply shaped my perspective. One such moment stands out vividly: my attendance at Ally Camp in Washington, D.C. last December. Over just three days, I forged powerful friendships with fellow advocates from around the country. The stories and training shared by survivors, caregivers, family members, and Alliance leadership resonated profoundly, leaving an indelible mark on my heart, and igniting a newfound determination within me.

Upon returning to Arizona, I was inspired to amplify my impact and extend the reach of the Alliance's mission and resources. This resolve led me to attend the Cologuard Classic by Exact Sciences Golf Tournament in March, where I had the opportunity to serve our community with our remarkable Arizona Allies and also reconnect with some of the extraordinary individuals I had bonded with at Ally Camp. It was a testament to the depth of our connections and the resilience of our collective spirit.

In reflecting on these experiences, I am struck by the transformative power of genuine human connection and shared purpose. Through the Alliance, I have discovered a community of kindred spirits dedicated to spreading awareness, advocating for screening, and supporting one another. Each encounter reaffirms the importance of our mission and strengthens my dedication to continue making a difference, one connection at a time.


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