Prevent Cancer Foundation Blog

Speed Demos Archive Marathon Raises Over $53,000 in Cancer Prevention Funding

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

Foundation News - Speed Demos Archive (SDA) may not be a household name to readers of the Prevent Cancer Foundation blog, but the group’s latest five day, round-the-clock marathon raised over $53,000 for cancer prevention and early detection. The marathon titled, “Awesome Games Done Quick” (AGDQ), took place from January 6-11 in a Chevy Chase, MD 4-H community center but included participants and donors from around the country and around the world (Argentina, Canada, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Russia). This is SDA’s second marathon for charity and thanks to the group’s strong fan base and loyal supporters, the donation to the Foundation was large enough to fund half of a two year cancer prevention research grant. This outstounding total is the result of the generosity of over 3,700 marathon donors with an average gift of $16: proof positive that even the smallest gift can make a big difference in the battle against cancer! [caption id="attachment_3285" align="alignleft" width="269" caption="(From Left to Right) Mike Uyama, Jan Bresch, Linda Chastain, Chip Vogel and Timothy Peters at the Prevent Cancer Foundation offices."][/caption] Mike Uyama of Speed Demos Archive reached out to the Foundation’s Senior Director of Special Events Linda Chastain in late October 2010 about the marathon. He, along with fellow ...

Colorectal Screening Story: Patrick and Michael Skehan

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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 ...

Young Advocates Turn Loss Into Inspiration

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy on March 1st, 2011 | 1 Comment »

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 ...