Raising Funds for Colon Cancer Awareness

In Memory of Trish Simon

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.  Each year, more than 140,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 die from it.

When colon cancer is caught early it is highly treatable and can even be cured.  A colonoscopy, the test for colon and rectal cancers, saves lives.

A Nurse's Commitment to Colon Cancer Awareness

Trisha Lynn Simon, who passed away in 2012, fought a valiant six-year battle with colon cancer.  Diagnosed at age 32 with Stage 4 cancer, she became a steadfast advocate of early detection and screening.  A mother with two young boys, she worked tirelessly to assure no other family would go through her experience.

As the Director of Community Health for Hanover Township, Trish used her skills as a nurse to raise awareness of colon cancer.  She approached Dr. Brian Muska, an Alexian Brothers Health System gastroenterologist, to offer free colonoscopies for those at risk for colon cancer who were uninsured or underinsured.  "Trish was really inspirational.  It was because of her work that we began to offer free colon cancer screenings events for people at high risk," he says.

Support the Trisha Lynn Simon Fund

To continue her legacy, her friends and family set up the Trisha Lynn Simon Foundation, which raises funds for colon cancer screening and awareness.  At their request, Dr. Muska became the Foundation's President.

The first free colonoscopies took place over three years ago, driven by Trish's passion and the physicians who donated their time.  St. Alexius Medical Center offered space, equipment, nursing and anesthesia staff for the procedures.  In a welcome twist of fate, the first person who was screened had early stage colon cancer.  After treatment, the patient is now cancer free.

Partnering with Alexian Brothers Health System

"This is a legacy for Trish," says Dr. Muska.  To honor her spirit, the Trisha Lynn Simon Foudnation's goal is to increase philanthropic support of the Colon Cancer Awareness Program at Alexian Brothers Health System to help underwrite colon cancer support services and treatment.

Trish's friends and family are honoring her memory with donations to help offset the costs of providing colon cancer screening, prevention and support to individuals who might not otherwise receive care.

Please Help

You, too, can support Trish's legacy.  One hundred percent of your donation is used to help those who may not otherwise afford colon cancer screening and treatment.