Colon Cancer Alliance was founded in 1999 by a group of 41 survivors, caregivers and friends who saw the need to educate and provide support to those affected by the disease. The organization has grown helping nearly 1.5 million patients and families each year. The organization is doing this by endorsing prevention, funding research, and providing patient support services.
Dress in Blue Day began with Anita Mitchell. Ms. Mitchell was battling stage IV colon cancer and lost her father and close friend to the disease. Ms. Mitchell is a founder of Colon Cancer STARS and a volunteer for the Colon Cancer Alliance. She brought the Dress in Blue concept to the Colon Cancer Alliance in 2009. Now it is a national celebratory day to raise awareness of colon cancer and prevention, specifically highlighting the spirt and courage of survivors and their families, and honoring the memory of those lost to the disease.