Alta Jane Carmichael was the most wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, wife and aunt you could possibly imagine.
Throughout her life, she made everyone in her life feel special and loved every single day. She touched countless lives as a beloved teacher of 20 years. Those who knew her loved her for her kindness, generosity, thoughtful nature and her unconditional love for others. She made this world a much brighter place while she was here, and she left a legacy of kindness and love that will go on forever.
We lost my mom to stage 4 colon cancer on September 1, 2016. She had felt sick for some time, experiencing vertigo and pain in her abdomen. It was misdiagnosed a few times as diverticulitis and by the time it was discovered, it had spread too far. She tried very hard throughout multiple procedures and chemo treatments, but ultimately lost her life. The most painful thing to admit is the fact that she might still be here had we caught it sooner. I know she would never wish what she went through on anyone else and would want me to do everything I could to make sure of that.
As you can tell, this cause is close to my heart. I've teamed up with the Colon Cancer Alliance in support of National Dress in Blue Day. During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March, I'll be raising funds, promoting awareness and honoring those affected by colon cancer.
Please make a contribution today. Your support of National Dress in Blue Day will benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance’s mission and their screening, patient support and research programs and help bring us one step closer a to future free of colon cancer.