The Colon Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in New York State and listed by the Federal IRS as a public charity dedicated to reducing colorectal cancer incidence and death. Our mission includes: supporting research into the causes and cures for colorectal cancer; increasing public awareness; educating the public about the importance of early detection; and forming strategic partnerships in the fight against colorectal cancer.
In 2004 Dr. Thomas K. Weber founded the nation’s first public colon cancer awareness event – the Colon Cancer Challenge. As a surgical oncologist working daily with colorectal cancer patients, he saw the need for increasing public awareness of the nation’s second deadliest form of cancer and the importance of expanding research focused on the causes and cures of colorectal cancer.
Since its first year the Colon Cancer Challenge has grown to attract thousands of participants and supporters from around the nation. The Colon Cancer Challenge offers survivors, family, and friends of those affected by colorectal cancer a unique opportunity to raise public awareness and contribute to the fight against this preventable, yet often fatal disease.
In 2008 the Colon Cancer Foundation was established with a formal mission of reducing colorectal cancer and related deaths through supporting research, increasing public awareness and education, and collaborating with strategic partners in the fight against colorectal cancer.
While we have made great progress in reducing incidence and death rates of those 50 or older over the last decade, the simple fact is colorectal cancer is still the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in women and men. And incidence rates and death of those under 50 have increased at an alarming rate each year.
Thanks to our individual contributors and corporate sponsors, we are able to continue to work towards our vision of A World Without Colorectal Cancer™. Each of them is a valuable partner, whose generosity and support is vital to the fight. There is no way to adequately thank them for their contribution to our work.
To raise awareness of colorectal cancer (CRC), the importance of early detection and the most effective screening methods available
To increase awareness of CRC risk factors and factors that may help prevent CRC, including knowing one’s family/genetic cancer history, exercise and nutrition
To reduce the disparity that exists in CRC incidence and mortality rates by providing funds to improve screening rates in underserved and uninsured communities
To award translational research grants to young investigators studying genetic and epigenetic changes that will ultimately lead to new breakthroughs in the prevention of, therapy for and elimination of CRC in our lifetime
To leverage the impact of our donors’ support by developing broad public/private partnerships with local, regional, national and global organizations invested in a mutual goal of colorectal cancer prevention and early detection.