October 1, 2019 -- The Colon Club is thrilled to announce Kristina Smith as our next Executive Vice President. Kristina was one of the first caregivers to be featured in the 2018 publication of our On the Rise magazine, and has served as our Vice President of Operations and Communications for the past two years.
The care that Kristina gave to her husband, Joe, through his diagnosis gave her compassion for the many needs of a cancer patient. Being seven months pregnant with their son, Porter, during diagnosis and treatment gave her an understanding of how deep she had to dig to find her strength. Kristina has turned her experiences with adversity into actions of hope and encouragement for other families dealing with a colorectal cancer diagnosis. She shares a message with others who have lost a loved one to "Keep going in grief, it's so worth it!" Kristina is a compelling writer, and Director of Special Education Services at Hollister R-V School District, but above all, she is proudest to be Porter's mom and Joe's wife.
Kristina brings her kindness and innate ability to connect with our colorectal cancer community to her new position as Executive Vice President. Her expertise in management and communications make her the perfect choice to help direct awareness projects and lead fundraising campaigns. Her relationships with other colorectal cancer organizations will be a strong foundation for success in future collaborations.
Please join us in congratulating Kristina Smith as the new Executive Vice President of the Colon Club.
To learn more about The Colon Club, please visit their website: www.colonclub.com
About Colorectal Cancer
Colon and rectal cancers (colorectal cancer) make up the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women combined. Each year there’s over 130,000 cases and 50,000 deaths. The disease is preventable with screening, and 90 percent curable in most cases. One in 20 people will be diagnosed with the disease. Although incidence rates over the past decade have decreased among those age-eligible for screenings, early-onset colorectal cancer (occurrences in those under age 50) are on the rise. Discussions with a doctor about screening and knowledge of signs and symptoms are critical steps for prevention.
About The Colon Club
The Colon Club connects young adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer so they never have to feel alone. Our mission is to educate as many people as possible, specifically young adults, educating them about the risk factors, genetic precursors, and symptoms of colorectal cancer, and for people to get screened when it is appropriate for them.