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Dress in Blue Day for Colon Cancer

On March 6th, 2015, thousands of people will participate in Dress in Blue Day. Dress in Blue Day has nothing to do with an iridescent dress that hijacked our newsfeeds this week. Instead, it involves a much more meaningful topic: colon cancer.

According to the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. Although 90% of cases involve people 50 and older, colon cancer affects both men and women of all ages. Currently, there are more than 1 million Americans living with colon cancer.

For Dress in Blue Day and National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, we’re celebrating colon cancer survivors on GiveForward:


Jason Steadman is a stage 4 colon cancer survivor.

“Jason is our dear friend whose unique character, loyalty, and unbroken resolve has inspired us all in countless ways. His humor in the face of an aggressive enemy is first to shine through in the light he casts to those of us privileged to call him a friend.”


Cathy McGuinness is fighting colon cancer with alternative treatments. 

“Cathy decided against traditional medical treatment, which meant radiation and the removal of her entire colon, followed by more chemotherapy, opting instead to pursue an alternative course, including diet, exercise and other non-medical approaches to wellness.”


Nazario Martinez, Jr., is a 7-time cancer survivor.

“He has been diagnosed with cancer 7 times because our family carries the genetic mutation for Lynch Syndrome. In addition to his prior diagnoses of stomach cancer, colon cancer, and three sebaceous carcinomas, in October 2014 he was diagnosed with a rare cancer.”


José Andrés Blanco is a musican with colon cancer.

“As my soulmate, my cosmic partner, my best friend, my other half, definitely my most favorite person in the world and the greatest spirit I know and have shared the past 16 years with, I know him very well and can tell you that he will be okay and get through all of this.”


Wendy Harmon is a mom fighting colon cancer for the 2nd time.

“Can you even begin to imagine the numbness and shock that came when a trip to the ER in April of 2014 revealed a recurrence of the cancer? This time she was diagnosed with Stage Four colon cancer. Her hair began to fall out on Mother’s Day, for Pete’s sake.”


John Fountain is approaching his diagnosis with humor.

“This will indeed be a long and crappy road. However, I am surrounded by good friends and a strong family. I’m a sturdy dude and I’m not afraid. I can motor through this. And if it kills me, screw it. I love dark comedy.”

Whether blue is your color or not, get screened if you’re 50 years or older or have a family history of colon cancer. According to the CCA, “if everyone 50 years or older had a regular screening test, as many as 80% of deaths from colon cancer could be prevented.”

Whose world will you change?