Chris4Life's Young Professional Board

Chris4Life's Young Professional Board


Chris4Life Young Professional Board
As the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation blog continues to grow, a voice that will become more prominent is that of the Young Professional Board.  What we, the co-chairs of the Young Professional Board, would like to do is give you some history about the Board's development and accomplishments.  We hope you enjoy our first post, and we hope, that as you continue to learn about us, you fall in love with us as much as we have fallen in love with each other.


First off, you may ask why a Young Professional Board was created for a disease that mainly affects people over 50?  This question is absolutely valid considering the general perception of colon cancer.  Doctors advise people to start getting colonoscopies at the age of 50 unless you have a medical/family history and/or are African American, and the majority of those affected are over the age of 50.  With that said, there is a rapidly growing number of diagnosed patients under 50.  In fact, that rate has risen by  a staggering 40% over the last two years alone.  Our job is not to tell young professionals the age at which they should be tested, but why they should be tested, because most don't know the symptoms and by the time they find out it's too late.  Colon cancer is 90% preventable if caught early with proper screening, but the symptoms need to be known, and every person regardless of age is at risk if they don't know the symptoms.  Our hope is to reduce this risk in young professionals.
Now, how do we get this information out?  Well, through fun activities of course.  We raise awareness by hosting various events around the DC metro area.  In the past, we have done happy hours, golf tournaments, art events, and concerts.  Each event we plan is carefully thought out by our team because we want to make sure you are having fun, while also learning more about the disease.  This is what we care about!  
The Young Professional Board has been an incredibly successful part of Chris4Life, raising over $60,000 for the cause in our short existence.   As we continue to throw events and fundraising activities, we hope that you join us in our fight to find a cure and help us bring awareness to the cause!
Mary-Beth and Tiffany

Are you at Risk For Colorectal Cancer?

  • 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women combined
  • Colonoscopies not only discover cancer, but can also stop cancer
  • 50% of Americans still do not get colonoscopy reimbursement
  • Colon cancer research is still vastly under-funded

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