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Rolling to Recovery

On July 29th, 2000, Molly McMaster finished a 71 day, 2000 mile trek on inline skates that began in Glens Falls, New York and ended in Greeley, Colorado.

Rolling To Recovery started as a joke between her parents and herself. “I think I’ll in-line skate to Colorado to raise money for cancer,” she told them with a big grin.  They just laughed, but over the next few days she started to think about how much fun that could be and …

September 15, 2011

Colossal Colon History

Molly McMaster, creator of the Colossal Colon®, was diagnosed with colon cancer on February 19, 1999 – her 23rd birthday.  Although she had symptoms for six months, her doctor never even considered that she could have colorectal cancer because of her age.  Molly was finally diagnosed with stage II colon cancer after emergency surgery that removed 25 inches of her large intestine and a tumor the size of two fists.

In the summer of 2000, less than a year after …

September 16, 2011

About “The Club”

Our History

The Colon Club was founded in 2003 by Molly (McMaster) Morgoslepov, 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. The Colon Club connects young adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer so they never have to feel alone. Our mission is to talk “poo” to as many people as possible, specifically young adults, educating about the risk factors, genetic precursors, and …

September 7, 2011

November 2013

SANJAY BERY – stage IV colon cancer at age 44

Sanjay Bery was living the American Dream. Over the course of many years after coming to the United States he had a successful career, married the love of his life and became a father of two.

Although he experienced occasional tiredness, he attributed it to his work schedule and half-marathon training. His wife Seema, a physician, became suspect and ordered blood work for him when his exhaustion continued. After her …

August 2, 2012

August 2008

Rebecca’s Colondar Bio

Although she had a golf ball sized lump under her belly button for several years, Rebecca never gave it much thought. Her doctors believed that she had a hernia, and Rebecca delayed surgery for nearly six months while waiting for health insurance.

Before surgery, Rebecca mentioned to her nurse that her father died from colon cancer at 36. Because of her family history and symptoms, her nurse recommended a colonoscopy. At 25, Rebecca was diagnosed with stage …

September 16, 2011

March 2008

Christopher’s Colondar Bio

Between work and school, Christopher Barrow juggled a hectic schedule. He was exhausted and had noticed some blood in his stool, but figured he was just working too hard and had an ulcer. Christopher had no idea that he was about to learn a profound lesson in prioritizing.

Finally an episode of profuse bleeding sent Christopher to the ER. The gastroenterologist performing a sigmoidoscopy couldn’t see past the blood and ordered a colonoscopy. When Christopher asked for …

September 16, 2011

July 2011

Frank’s Colondar Bio

Frank Bonnevie Jr. taught martial arts and was in great shape when he started having constipation and diarrhea. His dad had seen Katie Couric’s colonoscopy on the Today show and encouraged Frank to go to a doctor.

After a sigmoidoscopy and a CT scan, Frank was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. He was scared, but during chemotherapy he continued to do Chi Kung for his mind and body. When he felt too sick to move, he …

September 11, 2011

February 2011

February 2011,Christian Cotsakos

Christian’s Colondar Bio

Christian Cotsakos’ family had already endured four cases of colon cancer and one each of stomach, uterine and breast cancers, but it wasn’t until his mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer that Lynch syndrome, also known as Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC) was discovered.

Christian knew that having HNPCC put him at greater risk of getting colorectal cancer. When he began having symptoms, his worst fears were confirmed. At 26, he was diagnosed with stage II colon …

September 11, 2011