Jola Gore-Booth (Founder/CEO EuropaColon)

I hope that Young Voices United will help those of you who visit us and that it will give you support and help to talk with others who are in the same place as you. I also ask you very sincerely that you will unite together to form a strong army of ambassadors and spread the word about the need of knowing your risks of developing the disease, the need to have a healthier diet and lifestyle and to be aware of the symptoms of the disease.

A few years ago now I was privileged to meet a young woman called Hannah Vogler who together with her friend Molly McMaster, a colon cancer survivor who was diagnosed on her 23rd birthday, set up The Colon Club in memory of Hannah’s cousin and Molly’s friend, Amanda Sherwood Roberts who died of the disease at the age of 27. The work that these two young women were doing with young colorectal cancer patients was incredible and I knew then that EuropaColon needed to do something similar in Europe. We were not sufficiently well established at the time to take on this kind of initiative but today I am proud to say that we are launching Young Voices United against Colorectal Cancer.
 
I need to thank many people who have helped us and are still helping us to make the website the European platform for young people with colorectal cancer. Foremost I thank Milan for being brave enough to share his story with us all and his determination to help others who find themselves in the same situation that he was in 10 years ago. In my conversations with Milan the thing that touched me most was when he said how much he valued the help and support that his family, friends and clinicians gave him but what he missed was talking to someone of his own age who had gone or was going through the same fears and worries that he was experiencing. How did they manage? I would also like to thank Professor Moslein without whose knowledge and help we could never have moved this project forward. Her Familial Risk Assessment tool which we hope to have on our website very soon will hopefully help 100’s if not 1000’s of young people to see if they are at risk of the disease. Finally but not least I need to thank our teams in Serbia – our brilliant designer Coba and Zorana (EC HQ) who have put many hours into designing and making the website live and in the UK Kevin Jones at TCRM who built the site and Julia Kennedy at EuropaColon HQ.
 
In my heart I wish we didn’t have to make this site and that the ever-increasing statistics of young people being diagnosed with colorectal cancer was not happening but sadly it is. I hope that Young Voices United will help those of you who visit us and that it will give you support and help to talk with others who are in the same place as you. I also ask you very sincerely that you will unite together to form a strong army of ambassadors and spread the word about the need of knowing your risks of developing the disease... the need to have a healthier diet and lifestyle and to be aware of the symptoms of the disease. I am counting on you all to Facebook, Twitter and Blog and bring knowledge and understanding to your peers.
 
We have many exciting plans for the site and we are actively fundraising to be able to introduce our new ideas. Please feel free to share with us what YOU would like to see on the site.
 
Young Voices United is here to help you.
Jola Gore-Booth