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Colorectal Cancer Patient Stories

Francis Dowd

Colorectal Cancer;  Skin Cancer

Francis Dowd

Colorectal Cancer;  Skin Cancer

You can capture many special moments with photography. It has always been something that I like to do. Right now, the picture shows this: I’m cancer free and finally getting back to making a graduation scrapbook for one of my five grandchildren. Francis Dowd ready to capture some photos.Francis Dowd ready to capture some photos.

Anthony Demidio

Colorectal Cancer

Anthony Demidio

Colorectal Cancer

I’m 62 and I live in Bristol, Pa., with my wife Maryann. Between the two of us, we have four children and eight grandchildren (with another on the way). I also have a large extended family, and I work full time as a contractor. Needless to say, I’m a pretty busy guy!

Robert Roy

Colorectal Cancer

Robert Roy

Colorectal Cancer

I have been an EMT and a firefighter for 35 years. It started out as a hobby when I volunteered in high school, and it turned into a career. Thankfully, the job has kept me in good health and helped me remain in shape.

However, through my job, I had seen people at the end stage of their cancer journey. Whenever I saw a case like that, a little thought popped up in the back of my mind that it could be me one day. So, when I was diagnosed with colon cancer, I was nervous.

Jennifer O’Farrell

Colorectal Cancer

Jennifer O’Farrell

Colorectal Cancer

Unfortunately, because of COVID-19 precautions, my kids couldn’t be with me when I rang the bell to celebrate my last treatment in May. However, I was able to finish treatment with all the same nurses and staff who were there from the very beginning. They became like family to me. 

Daryl Lloyd

Colorectal Cancer

Daryl Lloyd

Colorectal Cancer

Working for the Willingboro School District in New Jersey and the Colonial School District in Delaware, as an educator for over 25 years, I know the value of good health insurance. I never took for granted the benefits provided to me by the state, and that meant making sure I routinely got a colonoscopy. They aren’t fun, but they might save your life – they saved mine.

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