Molly McMaster | Age at Diagnosis: 23 | Hometown: Glens Falls, NY
Molly McMaster was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer on February 19, 1999 – her 23rd birthday. After surgery and chemotherapy, Molly will celebrate her 29th birthday and her sixth year cancer-free this month. A former radio personality, Molly now dedicates her time to educating people, especially younger people, about colorectal cancer.
She has inline skated across the country, carried the Olympic Torch, and told her story through hundreds of television shows, print articles, and speeches. Molly is the creator of the nationally-known Colossal Colon©, a 40-foot long, four-foot tall model of the human colon that has been traveling around the country since 2002 to educate people of all ages about colorectal cancer.
She is Co-Founder of The Colon Club, the nonprofit organization responsible for creating the 2005 Colondar, and is also the recipient of numerous national awards for her extensive work in colorectal cancer education. Molly lives in upstate New York and plays and coaches ice hockey in her spare time. She is currently writing a book about her experience with cancer.