Biking for a Cause
In July 2019, Zach Douglas of Cedar Rapids was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer. He was just 38 years old at the time. Zach’s sister, Susie Douglas of McCall, Idaho received a call about her brother’s diagnosis and immediately began packing and moving to Cedar Rapids to support him. Susie approached Zach with a bike ride fundraiser idea to raise awareness about colon cancer in young adults. Zach agreed and requested all funds go to the Nassif Community Cancer Center. You can support Susie’s campaign by donating now or submitting a pledge per mile at the bottom of this page.
Beginning the weekend of July 18, Susie and two friends will start a 2,500 mile bike ride along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. They will start in Roosville, Montana near the Canadian border and conclude their trip in Antelope Wells, New Mexico near the Mexican border. Susie will be checking in along the way with weekly video blogs updating us on her journey. You may also follow her blog here and Instagram here for more frequent updates.
Colon Cancer in Young Adults
Historically, colorectal cancer has affected older people. However, starting in the 1990’s a troubling trend began to emerge showing a fairly rapid increase in colorectal cancer cases in young adults. Nearly three decades later, this trend shows no signs of slowing down. The under-50 population does not typically get screened, but it is important to watch for symptoms and talk to your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms*:
- A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts more than a few days.
- A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so.
- Rectal bleeding
- Dark stools, or blood in the stool
- Cramping or abdominal pain
- Weakness and fatigue
- Unintended weight loss
*source: American Cancer Society
Show your Support
As Susie travels the Great Divide Trail, she wants to bring awareness to the increasing trend of colorectal cancer in young adults and raise awareness of signs and symptoms to look out for. Show your support for her campaign by selecting and option below. All funds go towards helping local cancer patients at the Nassif Community Cancer Center! Your generosity and support are much appreciated!