Wellness Guide

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Dear Chris4Life Community,

COMPASSION. PERSEVERANCE. EMPOWERMENT. LIFE. Since Chris4Life was founded in 2010, these are the words that have guided us while we strive to make a difference in the lives of those who have been touched by colorectal cancer.

My mother, Chris, was a loving, caring, tenacious woman. Her untimely passing from colon cancer is what sparked our movement in the fight to end this disease and to improve the treatment experience for the 1.2 million Americans with colon cancer and their families. I know she would be proud of our efforts to help those coping with what she and her family endured.

She made the ultimate sacrifice and, because of her, I take the responsibility of leading Chris4Life very seriously. There are days I would like to stay in bed, and other days where I feel like life is just not fair—with each day comes new challenges. But the memory of my mother gives me the strength to continue to try and make a difference. Our hope is that the resources included in this kit will be helpful in making the experiences of patients, families, and caregivers less challenging. We encourage you to become involved in COLONTOWN, The Scope It Out 5k Series, or other colon cancer awareness activities in your neighborhood. Chris4Life’s mission is to help make the journey through diagnoses, treatment, cure and recovery as easy as possible for patients and their families. With your help, we aim to eliminate this disease.

I am very lucky to have the opportunity to lead the incredible group of patients, survivors, supporters, advocates, and friends that make up Chris4Life. Because of them, I am surrounded by individuals that give each other hope. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Chris4Life during this trying time—we are here for you.


Michael Sapienza

Founder & CEO 


  • Genentech
  • Amgen
  • Bayer
  • Myriad
  • Boston Biomedical

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