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The Gut Check
  A quarterly newsletter serving the  hereditary colorectal cancer community
Issue No. 10 - February, 2016
Foundation Friend

Thank you for joining us as we strive to extend life expectancy, enhance life quality, and instill hope in those born with hereditary colon cancer syndromes!

If there is anything we can do to support you, your family, or your patients, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Travis & Shawnie Bray
Increase Awareness & Save Lives!
In the U.S., March has been designated as Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Friday, March 4th is Dress in Blue Day

If you want to increase awareness or honor a loved one on Friday, March 4th, here are some ideas:
  • Dress in blue! Then share your photo with us and you'll be entered to win an "It Takes Guts" t-shirt! Post it on our Facebook page OR send us an email.
  • Rally the troops! Organize a “Dress in Blue Day” at work or school. Ask colleagues to make a donation for the opportunity to wear blue jeans, blue hair, or... get creative! Use these resources to help you get started! 
  • Print and display colon cancer screening information at work, at school, in libraries and coffee shops.
Events Near You
Hereditary Colon Cancer Family Days are being planned in 10 U.S. locations AND  F amily History events will take place in 100 libraries!

Please be sure to update your address so we can notify you about local events.
HCC Meet-Ups
Our premier Chicago HCC Networking Group is being held at Gilda's Club Chicago on Thursday, April 7th at 6:00 p.m. Email Travis Bray for more information.

Registered dietician, Melissa Shannon-Hagen, from the University of Michigan, will present during the next Ann Arbor HCC Networking Group on March 17th at 6:30 p.m. Email Kevin Myers for more information.
Advocating for Rare Families
We are pleased to announce our 2016 webinar series for medical professionals!  Our goal is to improve the quality of care for those affected by rare polyposis syndromes including:

Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba Syndrome

Cowden Syndrome

Hereditary Mixed Polyposis Syndrome

Juvenile Polyposis Syndrome

Peutz-Jehger's Syndrome

Serrated Polyposis Syndrome

Also included this year is a webinar called "The Patient Experience" lead by patient advocates Kristin Anthony, Dakota Fisher-Vance, and Stephanie Sugars!

Welcome to Our
2016 Board of Directors!

From the top:

  • Michelle Beem, Director
  • Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG, FASGE, FACP, Board Secretary
  • Heather Hampel MS, LGC, Director
  • Beth Houck, Board Treasurer
  • Joel Glidden, Board Chair
  • Daniel G. Luba, MD, Director
  • Deborah Neklason, PhD, Director
  • Douglas Riegert-Johnson, MD, Board Vice-Chair
  • Kristen Truffa, Director
Learn More
We have very ambitious plans to support the hereditary colon cancer community in 2016! Give a gift today to help it all come to fruition. When YOU donate…we care for families…quality of life improves!

We wish you and your family a healthy and happy 2016!