FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Nancy Seybold
Funds Will Support Leadership Development and Community Growth
Washington, D.C. – 4/15/19 – The PALTOWN Development Foundation, a non-profit that develops disease-specific communities and leadership training programs to empower patients and caregivers, announced today that the Colon Cancer Coalition has awarded a $15,000 grant to support leadership development for the volunteers who run the day-to-day operations of more than 140 “neighborhoods” in PALTOWN’s colorectal cancer community, COLONTOWN.
COLONTOWN is a virtual community serving the needs of over 4,000 patients, survivors, and caregivers. The unique model of COLONTOWN offers members over 140 niche “neighborhoods” focused on different aspects of the cancer experience. The neighborhoods are organized into ten communities, each of which is managed by a Community Leader who oversees all aspects of the neighborhood experience. All of COLONTOWN’s Community Leaders are patients or caregivers, often juggling active treatment, family obligations, and work. Each group participant is vetted and – if accepted – admitted to the group, allowing for safe, peer-to-peer learning about specific aspects of the cancer experience.
This grant will kick start, for the first time, financial support for the Community Leaders. In addition, the grant will enable PALTOWN to launch an initiative to systematically increase participation in each of COLONTOWN’s neighborhoods.
“Patient and caregiver volunteers – all of whom have navigated disease or cared for someone who has – are the reason COLONTOWN exists,” said Erika Brown, the CEO and Co-Founder of the PALTOWN Development Foundation.
“Each person wants to give back by helping others navigate the waters of cancer care,” Brown said. “We are grateful to the Colon Cancer Coalition for its help to lift up and help these patients and caregivers grow their leadership skills and communities.”
“COLONTOWN offers a unique experience for colorectal cancer survivors and their caregivers,” says Anne Carlson, president of the Colon Cancer Coalition. “This vetted, safe, and intimate environment is essential for peer-to-peer connection and support for survivors and caregivers – from diagnosis to long term survivorship. The volunteers working daily to ensure this community thrives are the vital drivers of this inclusive space. We are proud to support COLONTOWN’s volunteers and Community Leaders.”
About the Colon Cancer Coalition
The Colon Cancer Coalition is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minn. dedicated to encouraging screening and raising awareness of colorectal cancer. The organization’s signature Get Your Rear in Gear® and Tour de Tush® event series are volunteer-driven in communities throughout the United States. Money raised at these events are granted back into local communities to help will build and sustain programs and research encouraging early prevention, screening, and patient support for this disease. By making the words colon, colorectal and colonoscopy a part of the everyday language, we believe we can overcome the fear and decrease deaths from this largely preventable cancer. For more information visit ColonCancerCoalition.org.