History of the Colon Club
The Colon Club was founded in 2003 by Molly McMaster, a colon cancer survivor who was diagnosed on her 23rd birthday, and Hannah Vogler, whose cousin and Molly’s friend, Amanda Sherwood Roberts, died of the disease at the age of 27. Our 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 is a New York State nonprofit organization with federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Our tax ID number is 06-1690953.
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How We Got Started
After being diagnosed with colon cancer on her 23rd birthday, Molly McMaster wanted to tell the world that anyone could get the disease. Her first crazy project, Rolling to Recovery, was a 2000-mile journey on inline skates from New York to Colorado, during which she got an e-mail from a young woman in Little Rock, AR named Amanda Sherwood Roberts. Amanda had been diagnosed with the disease at 24 and the two young women became immediate friends. Eventually, Amanda nominated Molly to carry the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Torch and after Molly was chosen the two women finally got the chance to meet in person and tell their story to Katie Couric on the “Today” show. After the show, Katie told Molly, “If you come up with anything crazy for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, let us know. We’ll have you back on the show!” The wheels began to turn in Molly’s head.
On December 30th of 2002, Molly carried the Olympic Torch through Saratoga Springs, NY. Amanda died just two days later at her home in Little Rock at the age of 27. Along with Amanda’s cousin, Hannah Vogler, Molly decided that she needed to do something in honor of her friend. Together the two girls built the Colossal Colon•, a 40-foot long, 4-foot tall, crawl-through model of the human colon complete with polyps, various diseases of the colon and stages of colorectal cancer.
The Colon Club continues the mission of doing “crazy things” to teach the world that anyone can get colorectal cancer.