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Mary Ellen Kirkbride’s Lung Cancer Story

Posted by PCF Admin on March 3rd, 2011 | No Comments »

Screening Story - A True Fighter Nearly five years ago, Mary-Ellen Kirkbride responded to a lung cancer researcher’s call for help. Her intent was simple — to honor her father’s memory. Little did she know her own life was about to be saved. Kirkbride knew the lung cancer statistics all too well. She had lost her father to lung cancer years earlier, and was about to watch her mother lose the battle. She was intrigued when she discovered a nearby cancer center was seeking former smokers to volunteer for a study that would compare annual CT scans and X-rays as screening tools for early stages of lung cancer. Kirkbride jumped at the opportunity to volunteer, seeing it as a way to honor her father. She had smoked for years, but had quit 3 years earlier as a present to herself on her 50th birthday. Kirkbride’s role in the study was to receive CT scans. Her first two scans were clear. The third, however, showed a devastating change — a cancerous tumor. In December 2005, surgeons removed a cancerous lobe from one of Kirkbride’s lungs. “That CT study saved my ...

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

Posted by Jim Wood, Marketing & Communications 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, ...

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 ...