Stage III survivor who is tired of losing people she cares about. She will not quit using her story, and theirs, to raise awareness.
Stage IIIc rectal cancer survivor, wife, mother, and nurse. Advocate for raising awareness, increasing screening, and emphasizing prevention.
Mom, sister, and wife dedicated to screening and self-advocacy. I lost my sister two months after her 37th birthday due to undetected colon cancer.
Two-time stage IV CRC thriver. I shouldn't be alive today, but I am, and my purpose is to advocate so others don't have to go through this.
Being on the Taskforce means a lot to me. Colorectal cancer has no age minimum or maximum, and everyone should get checked!
Minnesota native navigating survivorship and sharing my story while helping as many people as possible on the journey.
Stage III survivor and community health worker with big Aunt energy and a passion for CRC screening advocacy.
Colorectal cancer widow, determined to raise awareness about YO-CRC and support fellow caregivers.
Stage III rectal survivor and mother of three, faithfully advocating, educating, and supporting until we end CRC.
Mother of a stage I survivor who advocates for early testing for those with symptoms or a family history of CRC.
Lost her mom to young-onset colon cancer and is determined to spread awareness and carry on her memory.
Dr. Tami Dean
Dr. Tami became an advocate for CRC education and support after her sister’s diagnosis. Her sister's passing fuels ongoing efforts.
Stage III survivor and warrior diagnosed over 20 years ago at the age of 24. He believes it's time to build his legacy.
Ally and advocate who lost her cousin's wife to stage IV CRC at age 29. Passionate about the mental health of CRC patients.
Stage IIIb survivor, thriver, and ostomate who shares her story to educate others on screening and advocating for themselves.
Stage IV survivor, husband, father, youth running coach, determined to increase awareness and screening for CRC.
Tammy was her late father's caregiver before he passed from CRC. She is passionate about screening and side effects.
Advocating for the patient, the survivor, the caregiver, and everyone in between.
Stage IV survivor, passionate advocate and volunteer, diagnosed at age 38.
Diagnosed at 34 in 2014, Kendra will always use her voice to advocate for improved systems and partnerships for patient care.
Adventure enthusiast and survivor willing to climb any mountain for young-onset CRC awareness.
Stage III survivor and obsessive poop watcher. A healthcare worker who likes to scare people straight about CRC.
Dr. Paul O'Rourke
Survivor, dad to two amazing boys, and primary care physician passionate about awareness, screening, research, and support.
5 year stage III survivor and advocate, dog mom to two crazy Shibas, animal lover, sports fanatic, and everything else in between.
Survivor, advocate, and ostomate. She might be tiny, but her voice is loud when it comes to colorectal cancer screening.
Stage 3 young onset survivor who is passionate about bringing awareness of this horrible disease. Proud ostomate!
Ally and advocate who lost her younger brother to CRC at 34 yrs old. Passtionate about spreading awareness for screening and research to understand the rise in young onset.
Her sister adored Dickinson's quote about hope. Honoring this, Dawn works to help others hear hope sing and believe.
Continuing to contrive a plan for this cancer to release me alive. Young survivor still surviving, but aiming for thriving.
Wishes for every patient, survivor, and caregiver to be brave.
Public health professional, wife, and vegan yogi. Surprise stage IIIb diagnosis at 30. Lost my father to colon cancer when he was 49.
Mother, wife, and young-onset stage IV colon cancer survivor. Hopes to help others by raising awareness of colorectal cancer.
Advocate who lost a dear friend at 45 in 2004 and then our son at 23 years old. Colorectal cancer must be stopped.
Stage II rectal cancer survivor who wants to help others get screened early and prevent having surgeries and chemo.
Ally who lost his beautiful wife to colon cancer at age 39. Passionate about driving more resources into research to save lives.
Caregiver to my husband who was diagnosed with Stage IV rectal cancer at age 43 and currently battling. Committed to early detection outreach and advocacy and support to the cancer community.
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance's Never Too Young Taskforce advocates for all young-onset patients and survivors. We remember and honor the following members who died from colorectal cancer while serving on the taskforce:
- Anna Alexander
- Patrick Beauregard
- Dominique Caldwell
- Darcy Egan
- Jennifer Fake
- Joy Freedman
- Kevin Hays
- Nicole Lorenz
- Angelina McIntire
- Peg Myrick
- Jennifer Rio Ruddle
- Christy Royder
- Valarie Schlosser
- Diana Sloan
- Shannon Sylvain
- Melissa Trow
- Christine Witt
- Jason Zachary
How to get involved
For more information or to get involved, please contact Kim Newcomer, Director of Volunteers, at (202) 628-0123 ext. 506 or by filling out the application form linked below.
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