I was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer at the age of 34. "Too young", all of my doctors remarked. Colorectal cancer is affecting a rising number of young people. I am committed to increasing awareness, building a community, and helping others learn more about young-onset colorectal cancer.
By 2030, colorectal cancer will be the leading cause of cancer death for people ages 20-49. That's only nine years away. We have to do something! The craziest thing we can do is nothing at all. My life was sidetracked by my diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Plans changed and goals changed, but my resolve to fight for a better life for myself and others only deepened. As a person living with Lynch Syndrome, I know that I am fighting against time. Every moment matters and every moment is an opportunity to try something new, have a new adventure, and deepen my relationship with the world I live in. My daily goal is to become so mentally and physically strong that when my genetic condition rears it’s ugly head again it will be no match for me. I have been honored to be selected to climb with a scholarship in honor of Chris Ganser’s legacy. As I climb Granite Chief on August 22nd, each step, drop of sweat, and achy muscle will help fuel cutting-edge research, lifesaving awareness, and relentless advocacy. For many, colorectal cancer is the biggest mountain they will ever face. I am asking you to climb alongside me by offering hope and inspiration and help to fund research. I know that you have many choices of worthy organizations to donate to. Every dollar makes a difference, and no amount is too small to help in the fight to cure colorectal cancer and serve as relentless champions of hope for all affected by this disease through informed patient support, impactful policy change, and breakthrough research endeavors.