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Colorectal Screening Story: Patrick and Michael Skehan

Posted by PCF Admin on March 2nd, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Screening Story - One Brother Lost, One Brother Saved The funeral was packed with over 300 people, each one wanting to pay their respects to Patrick Skehan – one of the most light-hearted and caring 60-year olds they'd ever met. As they picked up funeral programs and prayer cards, many also took colorectal cancer awareness "buddy" bracelets and cancer prevention pamphlets provided by the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Patrick didn't want people to bring flowers; he wanted that money to help others. He wanted everyone to learn from what happened to him. Late one fall, Patrick (photo, on right, in Guatemala with brother Michael) found blood in his stool and went to see his doctor. At the age of 60, ten years after the recommended screening age, he was finally scheduled for his first colonoscopy. But he had waited too long. "He was already at stage 4," remembers 55-year old Michael Skehan, Patrick's younger brother and co-worker at God TV in Washington D.C. "The cancer could have been growing for several years." But Patrick stayed positive throughout his diagnosis and treatment. ...

Young Advocates Turn Loss Into Inspiration

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy on March 1st, 2011 | 1 Comment »
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Advocacy - Twin sisters Hailey and Alyssa celebrated their 11th birthday in December. It is a bittersweet day for them and their family – the joy of their birth was accompanied by an unthinkable tragedy. Their father died the evening they were born, eleven years ago, from colorectal cancer. The girls never knew their father. But they’ve carried forward his legacy by becoming young advocates for colorectal cancer prevention. I had the opportunity to meet these two amazing girls ...

Donna Gutierrez’s Breast Cancer Story

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Screening Story - A Wake-Up Call From Cancer Donna Gutierrez, a home mortgage broker in Virginia, was living the fast life. A single mother with two grown children, she barely ate anything and kept long hours at work. “I lived off of coffee and cigarettes,” Gutierrez admits. Her hectic, commission-based job left her with no time for friends and barely enough time for family. “It didn’t mean anything to ...

Grace Bender’s Breast Cancer Story

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Screening Story - Armed with Information If watching her mother have a radical mastectomy, her father suffer from kidney cancer and her brother struggle with multiple myeloma taught Grace Bender anything, it was to pay attention to her health and ever-evolving medical technology. “I read a lot about health issues because of my interest in helping people become their own health advocates. To help them, I have produced a product, mymedmanagerTM, a ...