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An Important Message from Our Founder

Posted Jan 25 2013 6:22pm
Please take a few minutes to read the following letter from David Rodman Cohan, Foundation President. We hope you will be inspired by how a young woman named Heather was able to save her own life after hearing about Susie’s Cause.

Dear Friend,

My gratitude to all those who make Susie’s Cause possible grows and grows with each New Year. Thank you for being a friend to Susie’s Cause and for helping us remove the silence surrounding colon cancer. Thank you for spreading awareness about life-saving screening and prevention. Together we are making Susan’s hopes and dreams for this foundation a reality.

As you may know, my beloved daughter Susan was diagnosed with colon cancer the year she turned 40 and died two years later after a heroic battle. The Foundation was created and named in honor of Susan’s faith, her courage, and her adamant desire to prevent unnecessary deaths and suffering from colon cancer.

Recently, a young woman named Heather contacted me to explain how hearing about Susie’s Cause helped save her life.  At age 39, she experienced her first symptoms of colon cancer and as most of us would do, she self-diagnosed through the internet where she first read Susan’s Story.  She dismissed the possibility that colon cancer could be her ailment, but the life similarities between her and Susan stuck in her head; both around the same age, Heather was also the mother of two young children, she was from Florida, but now living in Maryland. Although she dismissed the symptoms and moved on, Susan’s life story continued to remain in her head.  A few months later, the symptoms resurfaced and she discussed it with her Internist who also dismissed her symptoms.

However, on her 40th birthday, (same age as Susan was diagnosed), the symptoms returned and she decided to see a GI doctor. He suggested a colonoscopy, just to be sure, which led to the diagnosis of stage 2A colon cancer.  Today, she remains cancer free. 

Heather and daughters
In her letter, Heather said: “I wanted to share this with you, as you may not realize the ways in which your foundation is able to reach people and help save lives. Thank you, for continuing her cause and helping to prevent others from suffering.”

Thankfully, Heather is one of many that Susie’s Cause was able to reach.  The events and awareness programs that you support are bringing our goal of eradicating colon cancer as a life threatening illness that much closer.

Because of Susan’s enduring wish to help others, The Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation exists today but it is only because of help from people like you that the Foundation is becoming the international leader in colon cancer prevention, support and treatment that she dreamed it would be.

Those facing colon cancer, their families and friends, and anyone searching for ways to more successfully treat this dreadful disease find networks of possibilities in our organization. Together our efforts to educate and support people of all ages will prevent unnecessary suffering and deaths from colon cancer.

What can I do to help Susie’s Cause reach more people in 2013?

Since its founding in 2004, Susie’s Cause has spread awareness about life-saving colon cancer screening and prevention. We want to share with you some of the great ways our supporters around the country gave their time, money, and creativity to support Susie’s Cause in 2012. It’s inspiring to see all the creative ideas people had to get out the word about how screenings and healthy lifestyle can prevent colon cancer.

Some of the events and activities that our supporters did in 2012 included:
Hosting Dinners and Galas, Ice Skating, Swim-a-thons, Volunteering, Sharing their Stories, Cooking Chili, Contributing Articles, Running and Walking in Races, Growing Mustaches and Beards, Lifting Weights, and Paddling Canoes.

Each of these events brought new friends to the cause and raised awareness about screening and prevention. Every time we can speak out about colon cancer prevention is a chance for someone like Heather to hear us and get diagnosed early, in time to save her life.

Were any of these ideas yours? Do you have other ideas for events? Share them with us on our blog and Facebook. You can read more about past and upcoming events on our website[ link ]. Is there something you would like to do to support Susie’s Cause in 2013?

Grassroots events are also great ways to honor and remember family members while bringing your community together.

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISERS AND AFFILIATES

Susie’s Cause has had many inquiries from compassionate followers across the nation seeking to establish an Affiliated Division of Susie’s Cause in their area.  In response to these inquiries, Susie’s Cause is now accepting applications by individuals who would like to form an Affiliated Division.  If accepted by Susie’s Cause, the applicant would be guided and assisted by the Susie’s Cause’s team to organize an event or events in the applicants’ area such as mentioned above. When these initial events are concluded, if both Susie’s Cause and the applicant mutually desire to establish an Affiliated Division in the geographical location of the applicant, then Susie’s Cause will officially designate the selected applicant as the Volunteer Executive Director in his or her geographical area.

For more information on how to plan a successful event or become a Susie’s Cause Affiliate please contact Foundation Director and Event Coordinator Kim Cohan at kim@coloncancerfoundation.org or call (410) 244-1778

Want to act now to help? Donations of all sizes help Susie's Cause grow their healthy lifestyle, awareness, and prevention programs and are welcome at any time so donate today [ Donate today ]

Visit our website for more ways to get involved today [ Get Involved! ]

Happy New Year,
David Rodman Cohan
Foundation President (Volunteer)
Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation, Inc.
201 North Charles Street
Suite 2404
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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