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Interview With 8 yr. Colon Cancer Survivor, “Coach” Steve Abrams

Coach Steve Abrams

“Coach Steve Abrams

A former college football player and high school football coach, Steve has had to endure and overcome many challenges associated with IBD and colon cancer.

Steve is a speaker who has the ability to share, connect and motivate his audiences. His message is this:

When you make that decision to fight, you will find you have a spirit and strength that you never knew you had. You will learn that you possess so much courage and perseverance than you ever imagined.

Those of us who are battling everyday have a common bond, we will not allow this disease to claim our quality of life, we will survive. Allow your spirits to be lifted knowing you are not alone, find encouragement and inspiration to fight the good fight and get your life back.

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Latest Advances in Preparation, Screening and Recurrence Monitoring, With Dr. David Greenwald

Dr. David Greenwald is currently the Director of Clinical Gastroenterology and Endoscopy at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He is also a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Previously, he was Fellowship Program Director in Gastroenterology at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine for nearly two decades and was an Associate Division Director of the Division of Gastroenterology at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. He just completed a term as one of the Medical Directors of the Advanced Endoscopy Center. Dr. Greenwald graduated with a BA degree from Wesleyan University, and attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he earned an MD.  He did a residency in Internal Medicine followed by a Gastroenterology Fellowship, both at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He is a past president of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and currently serves as that organization’s Education Director.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the American College of Gastroenterology, and previously was the Chairman of the Board of Governors. He has been active in many ASGE Committees, including having been Chairman of the ASGE’s Public and Member Outreach Committee. He was recognized by ASGE with a Master Endoscopist Award in 2006.  He is a Board Member of GIQuIC, the GI Quality Improvement Consortium.  He has been a member of the Steering Committee of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, and is now the Co-Chair of that organization’s Public Relations and Social Media Committee.  In New York, he is the co-chairman of the Quality Subcommittee for the Citywide Colorectal Cancer Control Coalition (C5).  He served for many years as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on GI Endoscopy for the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). His interests in endoscopy include new technology, reprocessing and infection control in endoscopy, training, quality in endoscopy, sedation, patient preparation, GERD, colon cancer screening and prevention, and capsule endoscopy.

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Advanced Treatment Options, With Tomislav Dragovich, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Tomislav [Tom] Dragovich is a Division Chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, AZ (MD Anderson Partner Institution) and an Adj. Professor at the Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition to this he is a Medical Director for Clinical Research at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. Prior to this position he was a Clinical Director of Clinical Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr Dragovich was a principal investigator on numerous multidisciplinary clinical trials with a focus on colorectal and other gastrointestinal malignancies. He served as a member of ASCO Colorectal Cancer Scientific Committee (2003-2004) and is currently chairing Pancreatic Cancer Research Team, an international consortium of pancreatic cancer researchers. His research interest focuses on novel treatment approaches for patients with colorectal and other gastrointestinal malignancies.

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Conversation With Nutritional Oncologist Terri Taylor, RD, CSO

Terri Taylor is a registered dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and Presbyterian Hospital Dallas dietetic internship. Terri is the nutrition educator for the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Honor Health. Her practice includes individual nutrition counseling, nutrition and cooking classes and community speaking engagements. Her passion is translating the science of nutrition into practical, everyday habits for cancer prevention and survivorship.

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Semicolon: Memoir of a Colon Cancer Survivor, With Mark Arsenault


Semicolon: Memoir of a Colon Cancer Survivor, With Mark Arsenault

Mark Arsenault is a six-year survivor of colon cancer. He was diagnosed with Stage III colorectal cancer in July, 2009. He underwent chemo and radiation therapy, followed by surgery (anterior resection) in November, 2009, another round of chemo followed by “takedown” surgery in April, 2010. He wrote a blog about his experiences through his journey. His book, titled “Semicolon; Memoir of a Colon Cancer Survivor,” details his experience with colon cancer. Proceeds from the book, benefit The Colon Cancer Alliance.

Mark is also a former smoker. He has worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was featured in this story on the CDC website. Mark also appeared in this CDC Anti-Smoking TV commercial:

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Writing Children’s Books While Battling Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer, With Sherri Graves Smith

Sherri Graves Smith

Writing Children’s Books While Battling Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer, With Sherri Graves Smith

Sherri Graves Smith is the author of three children’s books series. In 2014 Sherri introduced a new series called “Lil’ Sherri” in which the author, as a six-year-old, narrates age-appropriate books about life lessons. Her first series, “Game Day Rules,” consists of more than 40 books licensed by colleges and professional teams in which the official team mascot teaches good sportsmanship. She also has a line of alphabet and counting books with team mascots. More information on Sherri and her books can be found on

Prior to becoming an author of children’s books, Sherri joined The Coca-Cola Company’s Legal Division as an attorney in November 2000. After taking an assignment as Assistant Division Counsel for Coca-Cola Ltd. in Toronto, Canada, Sherri was being considered for a three-year position in Vienna, Austria. Her career came to an abrupt halt after a routine visit to the doctor revealed that Sherri had cancer. In November 2007, at the age of 36, Sherri was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and immediately began an aggressive course of treatments that included chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

Presently, Sherri is continuing in her battle against cancer, which was diagnosed as a chronic condition in 2010. While on daily chemotherapy, she refocused her love of children to writing children’s books.

Prior to her illness, Sherri volunteered at homeless shelters and schools tutoring children to read. In addition to tutoring, she was an active participant in urban Atlanta schools and taught law courses in order to encourage youth to seek careers in the law.

In January 2014, Sherri was named the 2013 Author of the Year by her publisher, Mascot Books ( She was recognized for her superior achievements in storytelling and writing and a demonstrated passion for literature. Mascot Books donated $1000 in her name to the Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation.

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Sadly, Sheri passed away in the fall of 2016.

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