Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of death among young adults. 49% of young onset Colorectal patients are 43-49 years old. (https://coloncancercoalition.org/get-educated/age-is-not-a-factor/)
On September 15, 1995 Michael L Murphy, became one of those statistics. Approximately one year prior to that date my father received a colon cancer diagnosis. A week later he underwent major abdominal surgery to remove his bowel and place a stoma for a colostomy. At this time he was given an additional diagnosis of advanced metastatic cancer throughout this body. I lost my Dad to colon cancer... a cancer that should have been detected. A cancer that is curable with early detection and treatment. A cancer that has touched too many of our lives.
On July 25, 2021 I will be racing in a 140.6 mile Ironman in Lake Placid NY. I am dedicating my effort to raise funds to assist the Colon Cancer Coalition in their efforts to to educate the public in colorectal cancer prevention and screening as well as assisting with treatment and recovery. I chose the colon cancer coalition because money raised locally will be given back to the local community.
Please help me support Colon Cancer Coalition by making a contribution and sharing this page with all of your family and friends. Every dollar I raise will advance Colon Cancer Coalition's great cause! Additionally, you can ask me how you can get involved too.
Together, we can make a difference!
I believe this was off the coast of Curaçao. 1972-ish?
Mike and Sandy.
46th Birthday gift to myself. Peace of mind in recovery post colonoscopy.