Lori Shelton Alliance for
Colon Cancer Awareness
LSACCA was founded in April 2002 after the death of our mother, Lori Shelton, to colon cancer. Our grief is due not only to the loss of our mom and best friend, but to the fact that she died needlessly. Had she and her physician been aware of colon cancer's symptoms, and had colonoscopy been recommended to her at age 50, we feel certain she would be alive today.
LSACCA's education campaign began with the assistance of gastroenterologist Dr. David Walden of St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis. We have worked together to develop brochures which we, with the help of volunteers, distribute to doctors' offices and hospitals throughout the country. We participate in health education seminars and in community, corporate and hospital health fairs.
We work to get this issue in front of people through our public relations efforts. The LSACCA story has appeared on the front page of two St. Louis newspapers - the Suburban Journal's West County Journal on December 4, 2002 and the December 11, 2002 issue of the St. Louis Jewish Light. Our involvement with the City of Creve Coeur, Missouri has been highlighted several times in the city's newsletter. We appeared in an interview for a cover story by veteran medical reporter Al Wiman of NewsChannel 5, a St. Louis NBC affiliate. The founders' alma mater, Maryville University, ran an informative story in the school's Summer 2003 magazine. In addition, our story was published in the United Ostomy Association's April 2003 newsletter and in the Fall 2003 STOP Colon/Rectal Cancer Foundation's national newsletter.
Volunteers are a tremendous asset. You can help LSACCA to achieve our goals in a number of ways:
- Distributing our educational materials to hospitals, doctors' offices, commercial sites - anywhere we can reach people. 57,000 people in the U.S. can be saved each year through awareness and action.
- Helping to run LSACCA booths at health fairs. Many hospitals, private companies, and communities host health fairs. LSACCA is always happy to participate.
- Working with LSACCA on fundraisers, so that we may expand our materials, services, reach, and effectiveness.
If you would like to volunteer for the LSACCA, please contact us. After all, the more people receive this information, the more choice they have to not allow this disease to affect their lives. We are making a difference.