These advocacy groups are raising awareness and providing support for cancer patients worldwide

Today is World Cancer Day.
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It’s hard to find a person in society today that hasn’t been touched by cancer directly or indirectly. World Cancer Day hopes to honor those who are fighting and those who have been lost to this dreadful disease. 

In honor of this significant day, we would like to acknowledge a few incredible groups who are working hard to support cancer patients and advocate for awareness, research, and education.

CANCER OWL

Artist Matthew Mewhorter makes cartoons about life with cancer, drawing himself as an owl, and tells the stories of other patients and survivors through comics on Cancer Owl. In 2014, he was diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer and had a temporary ostomy for one year as part of his treatment. Matt says, "with the combination of a positive spirit, the support of my family, and an amazing medical team — I am cancer free today."

COLON CANCER COALITION

By making the words colon, colorectal and colonoscopy part of everyday language, the Colon Cancer Coalition hopes to overcome the fear and decrease deaths from colorectal cancer. For over 12 years, ‘Get Your Rear in Gear’ has been an annual fundraising event.

FIGHT COLORECTAL CANCER

Fight Colorectal Cancer is the leading patient advocacy group in colorectal cancer. Since 2011, they have worked to empower and activate a community of patients, fighters, and champions to push for better policies and to support research, education, and awareness for all those touched by colorectal cancer.

MICHAEL’S MISSION

Michael’s Mission is focused on improving the quality of life and treatment options for those suffering from colorectal cancer through education, research, and patient support. Funds raised go to patient care and support and research initiatives led by a medical advisory board comprised of leading physicians.

LIVESTRONG

The LIVESTRONG Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. Created in 1997, the Foundation is known for leading an ongoing dialogue with patients and survivors, providing free cancer support services and advocating for policies that improve access to care and quality of life. 

STAND UP TO CANCER

Stand Up To Cancer raises funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking research that can get new therapies to patients quickly, facilitating collaboration among the best and brightest scientists and physicians. SU2C draws on the entertainment community to build public support for this effort.

STUPID CANCER

Stupid Cancer is the leader in young adult cancer advocacy, research, and support for cancer patients in their teens, 20's, and 30's. Through live events, meet-ups, community forums, and digital content, their mission is to empower, support, and improve health outcomes for the young adult cancer community.

THE COLON CLUB

The Colon Club was founded in 2003 by Molly (McMaster) Morgoslepov and Hannah Vogler. Their goals are to educate as many people as possible, as early as possible, about the risk factors and symptoms of colorectal cancer, and for people to get screened when it's appropriate for them. The Colon Club connects young adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer so they never have to feel alone.