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15th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge Photo Gallery

The 15th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge rocked Randall’s Island on Sunday, March 25th. With twice as many participants as last year (and no snow!) we are excited to have cemented Randall’s Island and its iconic Icahn Stadium as the home of the Colon Cancer Challenge.

Our enthusiastic and dedicated participants raised over $57,000 to help us continue our mission of eradicating colorectal cancer through awareness, screening, prevention, and research.

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us!

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See the Photos: Bilal Powell Meets Colon Cancer Survivors and Launches Partnership with CCF!

It is a great thing when a good person with a platform takes a stand for an important cause. Here at CCF HQ, we are over the moon about our recently announced partnership and Crowdrise campaign with New York Jets star running back Bilal Powell. Bilal has chosen to participate in the NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” initiative to honor a close friend who passed away from colon cancer at age 36 – yet another early-age onset colorectal cancer (EAO-CRC) casualty. Seeing an opportunity to make a difference with “My Cause My Cleats,” Bilal did his research and decided to reach out to us, as CCF has led the charge against the rising rate of early-age onset colorectal cancer (EAO-CRC) patients for the past several years.

But Bilal is not stopping at cleats. Yes, he will wear a one-of-a-kind, custom-designed pair of cleats for colon cancer awareness on Week 13. But he will also give away these cleats and other amazing, once-in-a-lifetime prizes (which can be yours for a mere $10 entry fee!) in the coming weeks.

Bilal also decided to make a visit to Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, to meet colorectal cancer survivors and medical staff, and to see an endoscopy suite. As the photos in this gallery attest, we are so fortunate to have this gracious budding advocate together with us in this fight. We can’t wait to see where our partnership goes from here.

So, if you’re a Jets fan, or you know a Jets fan, or you just want to throw your hat in the ring to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, check out Bilal Powell’s Crowdrise campaign! And please share the link far and wide! Winners will be announced soon!

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2017 TCS NYC Marathon Photo Gallery: A Record-Breaking Year for CCF!

28 team members. 26.2 miles. Over $128,000 raised.

This year’s TCS NYC Marathon was a record-breaker for Team Colon Cancer Challenge, and we could not be more grateful to this spirited, motivated, and dedicated group of athletes. Together, our team has raised close to $130,000 – that’s almost DOUBLE our original fundraising goal! We are humbled and proud to have been represented by such an enthusiastic group of runners, survivors, caregivers, and supporters.

Why is Team Colon Cancer Challenge a vital part of what we do here at CCF? Team Colon Cancer Challenge is about more than running, more than fundraising. We consider our team members to be our grassroots ambassadors. Pavement-pounding awareness-raisers. We can calculate the miles, we can calculate the funds. But what is immeasurable is perhaps what is most valuable: spreading the word. Telling people why you have joined Team Colon Cancer Challenge and communicating why this cause is important to you and should be important to everyone.

During his marathon training this year, Team CCC and Team Luc member Anthony Gollan received the following text from a friend:

Hi Anthony… hope you are well. Remember 3 or 4 years ago, you were involved in an awareness campaign for colon cancer? Well, even though I listened and remembered everything, I put off getting a colonoscopy because I wanted to avoid the discomfort and hassle. Since the fundraiser, I periodically play back the facts in my head. I finally listened, and had my first colonoscopy last week. The experience wasn’t bad at all. The doctor removed two polyps. One large and one small. Today, [I] received the pathology report. Turns out that they weren’t run of the mill polyps, and were, in fact, pre-cancerous. Doctor said I don’t need to worry, but that I do need to have another colonoscopy in a year, before he can give me the all-clear. If it weren’t for you planting those nagging facts in my head, I almost certainly wouldn’t have given a thought to getting checked. Instead of being 6 years late, I likely would not have seen a doctor until I had symptoms… at which time it may have been too late. So, I want to thank you for caring enough to be involved with that organization, and for sharing life saving information. Information is power!

As long as colorectal cancer remains the #2 cancer killer, we need our relentless runners in their blue shirts. And we cannot thank the 28 members of this year’s team enough for their incredible accomplishments before, during, and after the Marathon.

Stephanie, John, Robby, Matthew, Anthony, Michael, Anthony, Brian and Deb, Dan, Gretchen, Ceara, Scott, Thomas, Diane, Ian, Hillary, Cathy, Lou, Frank, Jerry, Mark, David, Tamara, Jason, and Amy: THANK YOU. Together, you broke records, achieved milestones, and saved lives.

We are still accepting donations! Help us honor this incredible team by making a donation today. Can we break $130K? We think so!

1st Rally Against Colon Cancer

Thanks to each of you who turned out for our 1st Rally Against Colon Cancer on October 15! Despite the misty weather we had a great morning.

SPECIAL THANKS to Mercedes-Benz of MassapequaBMW of Freeport and MINI of Freeport for hosting the event, Starbucks for providing the cappuccinos, The French Workshop for providing an awesome brunch, The Phoenix Group for providing LIVE coverage of the event, Triple Crown Sports for the memorabilia and of course Miss Long Island 2018 Brianna Siaca.

AND a GIANT thanks to ALL our attendees and donors. We raised close to $4,000 in just three hours to support the Colon Cancer Foundation’s life-saving public awareness, prevention and research programs. Imagine what we can do on a sunny day!

Our mission is simple – save lives by telling as many people as possible about the nation’s second leading cancer killer. But you would be surprised how difficult and expensive it is to talk to the 23 million Americans aged 50 and older who haven’t been screened. Let’s make 2018 the year we tell all 23 million that the best test is the one that gets done – right now.

Please visit our website for more information on our upcoming events including the 2017 Blue For You Experience.

AND look for us on October 26 at the Main Event in Farmingdale! Stay tuned for more events on Long Island.

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3rd Annual Westchester Colon Cancer Challenge in Pictures

On Sunday, April 30 we hosted the 3rd Annual Westchester Colon Cancer Challenge on the spectacular grounds of Manhattanville College in Purchase.  With great weather, enthusiastic volunteers and sponsors, and spirited teams, this year’s event proved to be a fantastic success.

We would like to thank all of our participants, especially our tireless team captains and amazing fleet of kids who ran an incredible kids race!  We would also like to recognize our first-time participants and welcome them into our community of colon cancer fighters.  As always, we are so grateful to our volunteers and sponsors, without whom this event could not happen.

And we want to congratulate the top finishers of the three-mile fun run:

Top Women
1. Alessandra Rosso
2. Carolun Lisboa
3. Valerie Jaiswal

Top Men
1. Lawrence Rosso
2. Daniel Catappano
3. Brandon Detoma

We look forward to continuing to grow this family-friendly Challenge into Westchester’s premiere colon cancer awareness event.  If you are interested in joining the Westchester Colon Cancer Challenge Committee, please contact us!

For the full slideshow of pictures from this fantastic day, visit us on Facebook.

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14th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge Rocks Randall’s Island

The 14th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge

Mother Nature was in a good mood on Sunday, April 2, providing a glorious, crisp, sunny day for the 14th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge!  This year marked our flagship event’s return to Manhattan – a long-standing request from our community of survivors and other participants which we were thrilled to be able to fulfill this year.

Randall’s Island proved to be an excellent venue for the Colon Cancer Challenge.  Our Wellness Festival, complete with the Rollin’ Colon, Survivor Tent, and kids’ activities, took place on the spacious and sunny concourse level of the iconic Icahn Stadium (I mean, how many times has any New Yorker driven by this stadium? Dozens? Hundreds?).  The kids’ race, 5K, and Remembrance and Prevention Walk started and ended on the stadium’s pristine, colon cancer blue track.  DJ Brad blasted fun music – including Mark MK‘s “PYB (Protect Ya Butt)” – throughout the stadium; and the names of our teams, sponsors, and top supporters projected proudly from the jumbotron.  Our runners and walkers were thrilled with the beautiful 5K course that winds along the shore of Randall’s Island.  The Colon Cancer Challenge has found its new NYC home and we are very excited to re-grow this event in the coming years.

We would like to thank our amazing sponsors and partners, without whom there could be no Colon Cancer Challenge!  Thank you Bracco Diagnostics, Epigenomics, Mount Sinai Health System, Concorde Medical Group, Exact SciencesHealtheo360Remco Press, Perfect Bars, T Wellott Photography, Absolute Entertainment, and Heartfulness.org.

And now, on to Westchester!  Please join us for our third Westchester Colon Cancer Challenge on Sunday, April 30 on the stunning grounds of Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.  To register, click here.

2017 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon: Thank You Team Colon Cancer Challenge!

The 2017 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon was a great success this year. Congratulations to Team Colon Cancer Challenge, and thank you for sharing your stories with us and for your fundraising efforts!  Jennifer, Scott, Christina, Dan, Ashley, Lesley, Lindsey, Matthew, and Tony – together you raised over $17,500 to help fund our critical programming, research and awareness initiatives.  We would like to give a special shout-out to our top fundraiser, Jennifer Charvat, who raised $4,600 and ran in honor of Dan Rate.  We hope to see you all running with us again in the future!

Thinking about running this amazing race next year?  Here are 13.1 reasons why you should go for it!

Need a bigger challenge?  We are now accepting applications for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon!

Need a fun morning out on a gorgeous spring day on Randall’s Island?  Join us this weekend for the 14th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge!

 

Shakin’ Booties to “PYB (Protect Ya Butt)”

We are gearing up for the 14th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge THIS WEEKEND on Randall’s Island, but we couldn’t forget about our memorable, rain-soaked Booty Shake and debut of Mark MK’s single “PYB (Protect Ya Butt)” in Central Park earlier this month! Here are just a few images from the event. More to follow. Keep up with all of our events by following us on Facebook and checking our events page here.

Third Annual EAO-CRC Symposium in Pictures

The Third Annual Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer (EAO-CRC) Symposium took place at NYU Langone Medical Center on Sunday, March 12.  Hundreds of people participated, between event attendance, our livestream (generously facilitated by healtheo360), and our live Twitter feed.  This interactive discussion touched upon the key issues affecting EAO-CRC patients and their families, from living with an ostomy to navigating intimacy and optimizing fertility.  Our stellar line-up of top CRC physicians and nurses presented on up-to-the-minute research and advances in EAO-CRC prevention, treatment and care.  Several passionate survivors shared their stories and spoke on the importance of advocacy and awareness both for medical professionals and the general public.  All in, the EAO-CRC Symposium once again proved to be an invaluable day in the on-going fight against colorectal cancer.  We would like to thank our generous sponsors, Michael’s Mission, Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, healtheo360, and the Colon Cancer Alliance.

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2017 Colon Cancer Challenge Kickoff!

Before you feast your eyes on the photos from our fantastic Colon Cancer Challenge Kickoff event – which featured Mark MK‘s awesome debut performance of “PYB (Protect Ya Butt)” – a friendly reminder that TOMORROW, MARCH 1 IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST BOOTY SHAKE! Central Park. Noon. Be there. It will be an event for the ages and we are going to make a huge splash (perhaps literally) in the fight against colon cancer. There is NO better way to kick off Colon Cancer Awareness Month than by shaking your butt in a Guinness Record-setting crowd while enjoying the incredible music of Mark MK. So please join us and bring your family, colleagues, and friends!

And now back to our regularly scheduled post. Our Colon Cancer Challenge Kickoff event took place on February 16 at the beautiful offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP on Fifth Avenue. The event featured an awards ceremony; inspiring talks from our own Dr. Thomas Weber and other colon cancer advocates; a colorful presentation on the Protect Your Butt campaign; and, for the grand finale, Mark MK singing “PYB (Protect Ya Butt)”. By evening’s end, attendees were snapping belfies like crazy!

The 14th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge will comprise two events this year. On April 2, join us on Randall’s Island. On April 30, head up to beautiful Westchester County and hang with us at Manhattanville College. For more details, click here.