Keeping Up the Fight Against Colon Cancer

What drives you to keep up the fight against colon cancer?

fight against colon cancerDavid Dubin is a two time colon cancer survivor and founder of Alive and Kickn, an organization helping to spread awareness about the disease. David is very familiar with the disease since both his father and grandfather were afflicted with it. He has three sons who may also have a genetic predisposition to contracting colon cancer. It’s not hard to see what drives David to stay so active and committed to the cause. “Knowledge is power,” David says about the fight against colon cancer. He wants to make sure that people young and old have access to information about colon cancer.

David Dubin: I have taken the fight for colon cancer and Lynch syndrome and genetic cancer awareness to a lot of different levels, you can call them battle fields if you want, but I have taken it to places where they need to be taken because of who I am. And you know, whatever my characteristics are or you want to classify me, you know, it gives me the ability to have the conversation to make the difference, to give back.

I mean, I don’t want to see the 20 something year old or 30 something year old go through colon cancer and be unaware. I don’t want them to have symptoms or not think about that this is what it could be. I don’t want someone who has the genetic component to not know about it and do anything about it. I am a firm believer that knowledge is power and the more you know, the more equipped you are to make a difference for yourself, positively obviously I hope. You know, when will there be point of rest? I don’t see it.

My goal is to continue the conversation to a point where it is not just me and it is not just a handful of others that it is the dinner table conversation. So I don’t see resting anytime soon and to the extent you know every once in a while I’m selfish and you know because of the Lynch syndrome, because of everything else, colon cancer has not missed a Dubin male in three generations, grandfather, father, me, older brother. And I have three boys now, the oldest soon to be 18 will get screened right after his 18th birthday, a fourteen year old, and a nine year old, assuming they have the same genetic predisposition that I do. They are looking at a lifetime of testing similar to what I am going through but at least they will all know and that in the end will help them make their decisions and at least be prepared.

David Dubin

David Dubin

David Dubin is a three time colon cancer survivor and founder of Alive and Kickn, a foundation for colon cancer and genetic colon cancer. The foundation uses soccer games as a method awareness and fundraising.


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