Late last week, 2014 Patient-Caregiver Scholarship recipient Alanna Wong contacted us with regrets about not being able to undertake the significant travel required to get from Hawaii to Minnesota -- 11 hours and 3 transfers! With regret we accepted this reality, offered our very best wishes to Ms. Wong, and contacted the first runner-up in this year's essay contest. Meet...
Danielle Ripley-Burgess (@DanielleisB), a two-time colon cancer survivor who works as the Director of Communications for Fight Colorectal Cancer.
She was diagnosed with colon cancer a few weeks after her 17th birthday in 2001 and again at age 25 in 2009. During more than a decade of survivorship she’s gotten involved in the colorectal cancer community to inspire others.
In addition to working full-time for Fight CRC, she was featured as Miss October in the 2009 Colondar, a calendar of young colon cancer survivors, and serves on the board of directors for The Colon Club. Through her advocacy work, Danielle has traveled coast-to-coast to host events and share stories of those touched by colon cancer.
Her story has been told around the world through syndicated online and print newspaper articles, blogs and on numerous TV and radio shows, including The Today Show, BBC’s ‘World Have Your Say’ and Sirius Radio’s Doctor Radio and is a contributor to the Huffington Post blog, She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and daughter.