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 symptoms of CRC and to demand a COLONOSCOPY 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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After being diagnosed with colorectal cancer on her 23rd birthday, Molly (McMaster) Morgoslepov wanted to tell the world that ANYONE could get colorectal cancer at ANY age! Her first “bad ass” 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, interactive crawl-through model of the human colon complete with polyps, various diseases of the colon and stages of colorectal cancer. The Colossal Colon is now retired at the Houston Health Museum. If you are in the area, stop by and “crawl the colon”, take a selfie and tag us on our FaceBook page: TheColonClub and Instagram: @colonclub using the following hastags: #colossalcolon #crawlthecolon.
The Colon Club’s mission is to educate the world through Colondar 2.0 that colorectal cancer isn’t just an old man’s disease anymore! If you have a colon… YOU are at risk! Check out Signs and Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer: http://colonclub.com/signs-symptoms-of-colon-cancer/.