Each year during the month of March, patients, survivors, health care providers, and many others whose lives have been touched by colorectal cancer come together to help spread awareness about this deadly disease. Colorectal cancer actually refers to any cancer that originates in the colon or the rectum, and it is second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. According to the CDC, many of these deaths could be avoided if more people (50 years and older) would get routinely screened for colorectal cancer. The Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer Unfortunately, this type of cancer… often does not produce
What would happen if the entire world came together to combat cancer? Well, this is exactly what will happen on February 4th as we celebrate World Cancer Day. This is a very special day when individuals and organizations from around the world get the chance to send a very important message: It is time to make ending cancer a global health priority! Every year on this date, World Cancer Day is celebrated in order to help raise further awareness for cancer and to help encourage better prevention, detection, and treatment… practices. This global health awareness day
As the year of 2012 comes to an end, we wanted to look back at some of the biggest headlines from this memorable year. Some of these stories made us cry, some made us angry, and some showed us the true strength of the human spirit. So as we say goodbye to yet another year of human history, we should remember these stories for some time to come. Lance Armstrong’s Epic Downfall 2012 was certainly a rough year for this former seven-time Tour de France champion. Lance faced a doping scandal… that would cost him not only his sponsors, but
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and that means that people all across the country will be showing their support for the lung cancer community. We wanted to show our support this year with some info detailing the impact that this deadly disease. In 1995, the movement to raise further awareness for lung cancer… started with Lung Cancer Awareness Day. As support for the lung cancer movement and community grew, more events were held in honor of the many people who are battling this disease. One of this year’s intriguing messages comes from the Lung Cancer Alliance with their campaign:
November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and you can show your support by taking the time to learn more about this devastating form of cancer. In general, pancreatic cancer has not had as much public exposure as say breast cancer or even prostate cancer has had. However, pancreatic cancer happens to be one of the most deadly forms of cancer. To make matters even worse, the survival rate for this disease has not improved substantially in the over 40 years since the passage of the National Cancer Act. … Show Your Support for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Purple has been chosen
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we put together this little infographic to give an overview of breast cancer. Click the thumbnail below to open the full image: … Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%), however death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening
October is right around the corner, and that means that people are starting to gear up for this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is an annual event that takes place every October in order to help raise awareness for breast cancer. During this month, plenty of information and support will be offered to anyone who has been affected by this illness. It also serves as a great opportunity to remind women everywhere of the importance of early detection…. So, it is time to break out the pink ribbons and show your support for breast cancer awareness this
Just 15 years ago, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong created one of the most important non-profit brands in history, LIVESTRONG. The goal of this organization is to advocate for policies and funding opportunities that benefit cancer research, as well as providing direct services for those individuals who have survived cancer. Armstrong is a cancer survivor himself, having been diagnosed with testicular cancer (technically known as embryonal carcinoma…) at age 25. SInce founding the organization, LIVESTRONG has contributed over $275 million into various programs that aim to help cancer survivors. Here’s a quick breakdown of how that
November is well-known as American Diabetes Month and the month of Thanksgiving. It's also Aviation Month, Vegan Awareness Month, Stamp Collecting Month, Novel Writing Month, and Peanut Butter Lover's Month. But what not everyone knows is that November is also the month in which tens of thousands of men from around the world grow out their moustaches to raise millions of cancer-fighting dollars. The initiative is called Movember…, a combination of "moustache" and "November." Here is an explanation of the idea behind the moustache movement from the Movember Foundation website: "The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over
“Brightest Star” is currently this year’s official campaign song for the Susan G. Komen Foundation For the Cure. When you download this song from Itunes, you will be helping fund the cure for breast cancer, as well as provide specific communities of women the resources they need for early detection…. Every download makes a difference! The Story behind "Brightest Star" by Toby Rand (lead singer for Juke Kartel) “This song was created from a vision I had 5 months ago when our drummer Jay turned up to sound check, at the Hotel Cafe in L.A., in tears.
With October just around the corner, its easy to find plenty of information about breast cancer awareness and all of those celebrities affected by the disease. However, there are still plenty of other great initiatives that deserve just as much attention. We recently spoke with the good folks at The National Brain Tumor Society who let us know about an important event coming up soon. The National Brain Tumor Society… invites you and your family to join us at our exciting conference, "Living With a Brain Tumor" – A Conference for Patients and Families on October 8-9, 2010 in Dallas-Ft. Worth.
WHAT: A very pink night to remember featuring; live music from local artists, food, drinks, massages, makeovers, raffles, a silent auction, and tons of giveaways! Also available will be a wealth of material on breast cancer prevention & survivorship—as well as on-site scheduling for FREE mammograms. Pink attire is encouraged!!…
So, I recently chatted it up with my old friend Brian Rechtman, the Founder & CEO of BlueTree Marketing…—a company that offers non-profit organizations and schools an online alternative to live silent auctions. Brian and I have known each other since we were just kids and I’ve been privileged to watch his company grow into what it is today! BlueTree has created a platform to effectively run online charity auctions in order to increase starting bids for live silent auctions or even better…replace them all together. So just to clarify, this can save nonprofits from having to set up
This weekend, the left-handed Phil Mickelson became just the eighth man to win three career Masters titles. And as they say…behind every great man, is a great woman! In this case, the woman is Amy Mickelson. Not too long ago, we reported that Amy Mickelson had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and shortly after that, his mother Mary had also been diagnosed with the same disease….
When cancer affects a family, support is often there for the adults, but not always for the children. Camp Kesem… ("kesem" meaning "magic" in Hebrew) is a college student-run summer camp for kids 6-13 who have/had a parent with cancer. By enjoying a week of fun and meeting kids in their same situation, these young children can find the support and attention they need, that might be difficult for their parent(s) to provide at home during this time. What is also so magical about these camps is that each of the college student volunteers raises the necessary funds each year,
In February 2001, Sam and Matthew’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. For five years he fought to live, then passed away when Sam was 10 and Matthew was 8. Their mother says, “Living with and losing a parent to cancer is something no child should ever have to experience.” Three years later, the boys’ mother discovered Camp Kesem…. She didn’t know much about the camp, but knew that the boys needed to be with other kids who “got” what they were going through. At first Sam and Matthew were reluctant to join in. But within 30 minutes
As most of us already know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Pink Ribbons are everywhere! So…we decided to try and provide a little context to what this whole breast cancer… hullabaloo is about. ('cause its not just an excuse to say "boobies" and "tatas" !!)
A couple of weeks ago we decided to run a little contest and give away some Know Cancer Bracelets. The deal was…you had to provide us with feedback on how we can improve the site. Needless to say, the Know Cancer Bracelet Giveaway was a huge success! First, we would like to extend thanks to all that participated. We received some great feedback…..so great that we had to select TWO winners! And the winner’s are….drum roll please……HeatherIrvin & Jody19!!! These two lovely community members… offered us the following feedback: • Provide a list of organizations/programs available to help uninsured
Shambhala Mountain Center…, the name alone brings an air of peace and tranquility; a welcoming place where Buddhist spirituality is brought to our modern lives in hopes of conscious awakening and ultimate enlightenment. For close to forty years, this 600 acre Colorado mountain valley center has represented one of the basic truths of Buddhism: that people can be profoundly open to the wisdom of the present moment. In accordance with ancient tradition, Shambhala Mountain Center seeks to create an enlightened society where it is understood that humans inherently possess wisdom, compassion and goodness. The Center also boasts hundreds of
Howdy! By now I'm sure you've seen the totally awesome Know Cancer Bracelets we've been selling. We hand make these at the Know Cancer Headquarters with lots of love, and $5 from every sale goes to the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. Anyway…we've been mentioning on twitter that we will be conducting another Bracelet Giveaway! So, here are the rules: 1. Join the Community (and dont just fill out the basic stuff, put up a picture so we can see your pretty face :) 2. Send me (TheKnowme…) a message: this message should contain one thing about our site
Jordan Melnick is a grad school scholar, a phenomenal writer/journalist and…my sisters’ fiancé (And might I add what a fine young chap he is!). He recently wrote an article that we both felt needed to be shared, about the economies effect on funding for special-needs camps…. Many camps are getting hit twice by cutbacks in corporate support and then again by subsidizing camper admission fees, because families just don’t have money right now. Read more and together let’s figure out what we can do to help: The recession has hurt all summer camps this year, but special-needs camps—those serving
This past Sunday, Danielle and I took a journey down to Miami to rock out with my friends from Chai Lifeline at their Young Leadership Event…and what a “trip” it was…literally! Chai Lifeline is a Jewish organization that focuses on enriching the lives of children who have been faced with life threatening diseases like cancer…. Since 1987 they’ve been changing lives through programs that deal with the social, financial and emotional needs of children and their families. The event was held at Bruce Grayson’s Wherehouse 2016; which appropriately is a “warehouse" filled with psychedelic art and strategically placed trinkets.
We recently participated in the 6th Annual Pink Ribbons for Life event in our hometown of Orlando, Florida. It was held by The Chrome Angels of Central Florida…, an independent motorcycle riding association made up of women brought together by their love of riding and their desire to make a positive impact in the community. Their primary goal is to support breast cancer research and to help victims. Sunday, January 18th at 11:30 in the morning, hundreds of bikers on an array of different motorcycles spilled into the parking lot. They came in shifts that began at 4 seperate
At our first Know Cancer Community Awareness Fair, we partnered with the most informative and influential Cancer Organizations to heighten cancer awareness in Orlando…our home! The day was filled with live music, tasty treats, and raffle giveaways, all to raise money for the Florida Hospital… Cancer Institute. At the event, a young man named Grafton Roll approached us asking if he could read a speech that he wrote. His speech was originally done as a school assignment to honor Martin Luther King with a work inspired from King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Since his mother has battled