My mom was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 44, I was 16 years old, she passed away 6 months later. It was my senior year of high school and I dropped out for 3 months to be with her everyday. During her 6 month battle I took care of her. I stayed at the hospital with her and when she came home we had walkie talkies in case she needed anything. I set my alarm for all hours of the day and night to make sure she got her medication and I became her at home nurse. I wanted to do everything that I could for her to help her in her fight, but her body just couldn’t fight it any longer. After she passed away I was angry, but I decided that I would do everything in my power to raise colon cancer awareness. I worked with the LiveSTRONG Foundation as a LiveSTRONG leader. Then I became a part of Wear Yellow Nebraska and the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force. Being a part of these organizations gives me a way to honor my mom’s memory and raise awareness so hopefully others don’t have to experience what we did. My mom was an amazing person that always wanted to help others and she volunteered her time whenever she could. Volunteering with the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force is the best way that I can honor her memory and if I can help even one person it’s all worth it to me.

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