Wondering how you can join the fight against colorectal cancer? Listed below are several charitable organizations dedicated to colorectal cancer research, the spread of awareness about this disease, and supporting patients, survivors, and their families.
If you'd like us to add your organization to the list, please send your organization name, mission statement and links to your website and donation page from our Contact Us page
Colon Cancer Alliance is the leading national patient advocacy organization dedicated to increasing screening rates and survivorship for colorectal cancer. CCA’s mission is to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers by championing prevention, funding cutting-edge research, and providing the highest quality patient support services. These goals are founded on the values of compassion, respect, commitment, education, and confidence in regard to the eradication of colorectal cancer.
Fight Colorectal Cancer is the leading colorectal cancer advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. empowering survivors to raise their voices, training advocates around the country and educating lawmakers and pushing them for better policies. FCC demands a cure for colon and rectal cancer. We educate and support patients, push for changes in policy that will increase and improve research and empower survivors and those touched by cancer to raise their voices against the status quo.
The Undy 5000 is a family-friendly 5K run/walk that was created by the Colon Cancer Alliance. It is unique because participants are encouraged to run in their boxers to bring attention to the area affected by colon cancer. By getting people talking about this disease, the Undy 500 saves lives. Participants in the Undy 500 events raised $1,266,049 in 2013!
We are AliveAndKickn in a world with colorectal cancer. The founders of AliveAndKickn believe that increased awareness can save lives, and that that more people need to know that regular screening and early detection can prevent colon cancer. This organization strives to make a difference in colon and genetic colon cancer through various philanthropic events, such as the Blue Genes Bash, and an educational documentary about life with colon cancer.
The Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation is a national Colon Cancer non-profit dedicated to permanently eliminating the threat of the disease through the discovery of a cure. Chris4Life funds cutting edge research so that the brightest minds and best institutions are empowered to cure colon cancer for good. Until then, Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation is committed to significantly improving the treatment experience for patients and caregivers, and to dramatically raise awareness about colon cancer in general. Chris4Life will utilize health and wellness as a means of integrating the mind, body and spirit in our approach. They aim to build a culture of care and foster relationships with national colon cancer research institutions, non-profit advocacy groups, the health care community, and the general public.
The Get Your Rear in Gear events focus on raising awareness about colon cancer in communities across the country. They are events designed to unite people, cities and states throughout the USA; to provide support and hope for those who have had their lives affected by our nation’s second leading cause of cancer deaths, and to encourage individuals of all ages to get screened. They have partnered with Colon Cancer Coalition to form 5K's and other events in cities across the country, working together with health care providers, corporations and the media, to encourage people to "Get Your Rear in Gear" and talk about colon cancer with their doctor, their loved ones and everyone they know.
Still Easier Than Chemo began with a vision of carrying a mother’s memory through 12 half marathons in 12 months to raise money for cancer research. In August of 2012, founder Briana Kirby began her journey and her own blog to prove we are all capable of achieving extraordinary things even in desperate times. Little by little, SETC grew into a grassroots fundraising campaign, ultimately raising more than $25,500 for colon cancer research at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center. Still Easier Than Chemo is about the astonishing power and grace of the human body and the human spirit. Still Easier Than Chemo is about what’s possible when people believe in themselves and in others. Most of all, Still Easier Than Chemo is about putting cancer on the run, for good.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. ACS offers free information, programs, services, and community referrals to patients, survivors, and caregivers through every step of a cancer experience, and funds groundbreaking research that helps us understand cancer’s causes, determine how best to prevent it, and discover new ways to cure it.
The Colon Club is a New York State nonprofit organization whose main goal is to educate as many people as possible, as early as possible, about colorectal cancer in interesting and out-of-the-box ways. Our wishes are for people to have “colon talk” in their everyday lives, to know the risk factors and symptoms, and to get screened when it is appropriate for them. The Colon Club promotes colorectal cancer awareness in new and innovative ways, such as the Colondar, which is a calendar highlighting colon cancer survivors, and the Colossal Colon, an oversized model of the human colon designed to educate people about colon cancer.
Colon STARS was incorporated as a Washington nonprofit corporation on May 20, 2008 for the purpose of continuing the work started by the Colorectal Cancer Task Force. Colon STARS vision is to provide exceptional, quality information to every life they touch. Their goals are to increase people’s awareness about the benefits of being screened for colorectal cancer, provide support to families in the earliest phases of a loved one’s treatment, broaden the level of prevention, screening and treatment resources that are currently available to underserved populations, increase colorectal cancer screening rates, and foster and promote collaborative relationships between health-care providers and patients.
Susan Cohan was diagnosed with colon cancer at 40 years old, then a mother of two young children. With her father David Rodman Cohan, she founded the Colon Cancer Foundation and it was her vision that it would be the leader in colon cancer prevention, support, and treatment. The foundation primary endeavor is to prevent unnecessary suffering and deaths from colon cancer by being a source of support for those facing colon cancer, their families and friends, and for those researching ways to more successfully treat this disease. Just as Susan hoped, the foundation’s innovative outreach programs have touched thousands of lives and led to significant increases in colon cancer screenings.
The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF) is non-profit organization dedicated to a world without colon cancer by: actively participating in public awareness events and community based groups in order to build awareness of genetic risk factors, the importance of annual screening and prevention; sponsoring prevention programs that serve New York City and one or more elements of the mission of the CCCF; raising and disbursing funds to programs that provide screening services for uninsured clients and assist them in obtaining services and support to maximize their ability to overcome cancer; providing financial support to individuals and organizations that are leading innovative research programs for the prevention and cure of colorectal cancer, and creating strategic alliances and partnerships with health professionals and community organizations to exchange experiences, develop approaches to improve services, and increase screenings and influence policy makers.
The Colon Cancer Prevention Project is an independent nonprofit dedicated to eliminating preventable colon cancer death and suffering by increasing screening rates through education, advocacy, and health systems improvement. The Project’s work includes: policy work aimed at increasing screening rates; advocating for funds for uninsured and under-insured people to get screened; overseeing relationships with physicians and facilities who are donating services to help uninsured and under-insured people in the Louisville, Ky. community get screened; working with national partners to address the increasing number of people under 50 being diagnosed with colon cancer; talking with the media, businesses, non-profits and other groups to raise awareness of colon cancer in Kentucky and across the United States; sharing stories of people across the United States who have been impacted by colon cancer.
EIF’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) is dedicated to the eradication of colorectal cancer by promoting the importance of early medical screening and funding research to develop better tests, treatments, and ultimately a cure. The initiative was co-founded in March of 2000 by Katie Couric, Lilly Tartikoff, and EIF. EIF’s NCCRA has raised over $33 million to fund colorectal cancer research, promote colorectal cancer screening, and support gastrointestinal care. EIF’s NCCRA funding supports cutting-edge research at several leading institutions conducted by world-class scientists working on prevention, diagnostic tools, treatment, and, ultimately, a cure for colorectal cancer.
Creative Commons image via Howard Lake