August 20, 2019 -- The Colon Club is excited to announce Phuong Gallagher as the organization's next president. Phuong has a long history with The Colon Club, having been a featured survivor in The Colon Club's annual publication and serving the volunteer organization in various roles.
Originally diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer in 2006, she transitioned to stage IV a year later with metastases to her liver. Through eight recurrences she has pushed forward the only way she knows how - with grit, determination, and the fighting spirit of an advocate. After finding support through The Colon Club’s online forum, Colon Talk, she began helping others navigate their own diagnoses. In 2016, she was a featured survivor in Colondar 2.0, The Colon Club’s annual awareness publication. Phuong returned to “colon camp” the next four years in various roles, including as a writer, to help survivors and caregivers tell their stories. Phuong has since served The Colon Club in official capacities as a board member and most recently as its executive vice president. She has additionally contributed over the years through her volunteering, fundraising, and grant writing efforts.
Phuong's expertise in fundraising, communication skills, and connections with other colorectal cancer organizations make her an ideal selection for this role. Phuong will continue to lead our organization into partnering with caregivers, survivors, physicians, researchers, and the medical community at large to find a cure for this disease, while supporting those fighting the day-to-day issues of a colorectal cancer diagnosis.
Please join us in congratulating Phuong Gallagher as the new 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.