The Road Warriors

My name is Brian Thomas. I am a teacher, coach, father, surfer, husband, trainer, and student on an almost daily basis. I am also a runner. I have been Running since i was Fourteen years old. Back then I ran to get in better shape for wrestling and cross country. In college i started running marathons. I loved it! When i finished college I ran across the country (Michigan to Florida: 1207 miles) to raise awareness and funds for Children with Cerebral Palsy. It was a life changing experience. I thought i was done.

Four years ago two of my Middle school track athletes, who i told this cross country run story to, asked me if I would train them to do the same thing. Brandon And Ramiro have been a part of my life for the last four years in a way that most only understand with their own children. They asked to be trained so I gave them a check list; They can not run until they graduate high school. They have to be set up to go to college. They must be involved in the school community. They must run a 5k, 10k, 13.1 miler, and a 26.2 miler (marathon) before the run. And they must come up with a charity to donate funds to.

We have been training a long time. The Road Warriors have traveled to the Keys, North Carolina, and Michigan to do races like the Great Lakes Relay, The Keys 100 miler, The Palm 100 miler, Hell 50, The Palm Beach Marathon, and the Work Smart. Play Hard. half marathon. They boys have learned about michigan history and the pain of the Porcupine Mountains and they have kayaked in the keys after a 20 mile day. They are stronger than i every imagined and they have become a part of my family.

The Road Warriors are less than four months away from running 1800 miles, relay style, up to my home state of MI. The world needs heroes and these boys want to be your heroes. Help me help them fund an 1800 mile run from Florida to Michigan and I promise you that every cent after the amount needed to run the distance will go cancer awareness. The Road Warriors run June 9th and we end up in Lake Orion, Michigan on July 4th. Help me pay it forward.This Is the first run I did.  I am running into the ocean at St. Augustine

Hello world!

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the US. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 146,970 new cases and 49,920 deaths expected in 2009.

About 72% of cases arise in the colon and about 28% in the rectum.

Early Detection

With regular screening, colorectal cancer can be found early, when treatment is most effective. In many cases, screening can prevent colorectal cancer by finding and removing polyps before they become cancer. And if cancer is present, earlier detection means a chance at a longer life — generally, five-year survival rates for colorectal cancer are lower the further advanced the disease is at detection:

Over 90% of those diagnosed when the cancer is found at a local stage (confined to colon or rectum) survive more than five years.
Once the cancer is diagnosed at a regional stage (spread to surrounding tissue) that rate drops to 66%.
When the cancer has also spread to distant sites, only 8.5% of those diagnosed will reach the five-year survival milestone.
Stage at Diagnosis

Unfortunately, the majority of colorectal cancers are not found early (before it has spread):

37% of colorectal cancers are found while the cancer is found at a local stage (confined to colon or rectum).
37% of colorectal cancers are found after the cancer is diagnosed at a regional stage (spread to surrounding tissue).
20% of colorectal cancers are found after the disease has spread to distant organs.
Colorectal Cancer and Age

Nine in 10 new cases are people 50 or older. However, colorectal cancer does not discriminate and can happen to men and women at any age.
Colorectal Cancer and Ethnicity and Race

Jews of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazi Jews) may have a higher rate of colon cancer.
Partly because of disproportionate screening, African-American men and women have a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer and a lower survival rate compared to Caucasians, Asians, Hispanics and Native Americans. The risk of death has increased for Native American and Alaskan Natives.
Financial Resources for Colorectal Cancer

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2008 colorectal cancer budget was $14 million, compared to $200.8 million for breast and cervical cancer. The National Cancer Institute spent $572.6 million on breast cancer compared to $273.7 million on colorectal cancer research in 2008.