Episode 48: We Love West Wing

Welcome home everyone! Join us this week as we go over our current favorite things, as well as our plans to celebrate our upcoming 50th episode!

Dog of the Week

“This is a story of a Craigslist ad with a twist.

It was December 2015, and my husband offered to help pick up a 50-gallon fish tank our neighbor purchased on Craigslist.

Shortly after, I received a text from Brian with a picture attached of an older Chihuahua named Angus that needed a home due to a move the owners were making, and they just could not take him along. As cute as he was, we already had 2 dogs and 3 cats, I was on the fence. I agreed to meet Angus, and suggested we bring our 2 dogs with to see if they got along. When I arrived, I noticed they had two larger dogs, the interaction that they had with Angus was overwhelming for him, and he seemed to be the odd man out. Come to find out Angus was their sons’ dog that was left in their care and the 2 dogs they had seemed overbearing, and poor Angus was pushed out on the sidelines. He jumped on my lap and I stroked his noggin, his eyes closed, and he relaxed. He seemed to get on with Mavis and Lemmy, our other dogs, so we caved and took him home with the blessing of the family. As I asked questions about his vet, what kind of diet he had etc. I was told that he was an indoor dog, so no vet, and his favorite treats were chocolate chip cookies and cheese-its. As we left, I knew a vet visit was in his near future and he would live the rest of his life out in peace. It has been 5 years, 11 teeth pulled, and he now has a heart murmur and lacks the vision he once had, but he is always game for play and loves to bark at the wind. We love him.” – Angus’s mom, Julie

Charity of the Week:
Colorectal Cancer Alliance

“We are the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, formerly the Colon Cancer Alliance. We believe colorectal cancer is a senseless killer that must be stopped. Founded in 1999 by a group of 41 survivors, caregivers, and friends, we are today the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to colorectal cancer. We empower a nation of allies who work with us to provide genuine support for patients and families, caregivers, and survivors; to raise awareness of preventive measures; and inspire efforts to fund critical research. United in our fierce determination to dramatically impact the way society sees this devastating disease, we exist to end colorectal cancer in our lifetime.

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance was founded in 1999 as the Colon Cancer Alliance, by a group of 40+ survivors, caregivers and friends who saw the need to educate the public about colorectal cancer and provide support to those affected by the disease.

Though it began as a simple online support group, the passion and vision of those involved began a nationwide movement. Following the sudden death of integral founder Marshall Kragen and the National March to Conquer Cancer in 1998, the group intensified their efforts.

Communicating by e-mail and meeting in online chat rooms, they created the organization’s name, logo and mission. From there, they built the legal and administrative framework, providing the foundation for all current Colorectal Cancer Alliance initiatives.

In 1999, the first annual meeting of the Colon Cancer Alliance was held in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Shortly after, a board of directors was appointed and a committee structure put in place for the work group. After 15 years, we still honor and remember those who shaped the organization into what it is today.

In January 2016, the Colon Cancer Alliance merged with The Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. Founded in 2010, Chris4Life had been known for its successful campaigns and creative and personal mission. Together, the organization is now the largest colorectal cancer-specific non-profit in the United States, standing to accelerate a joint mission where more people will be screened for this unique cancer and where more patients and survivors are supported so they can live longer, better lives.

In November 2017, the Colon Cancer Alliance became the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, focused on empowering a nation of allies who work with us to provide support for patients and families, caregivers, and survivors; to raise awareness of preventive measures; and inspire efforts to fund critical research. United in our fierce determination to dramatically impact the way society sees this devastating disease, we exist to end colorectal cancer in our lifetime.” CCA

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