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1. Charles M. Schulz An American cartoonist best known for his Peanuts comic strip. In 1999, he suffered a stroke and discovered that he had colon cancer that had spread. He died on February 12th, 2000 of complications from colon cancer.

2. Darryl Eugene Strawberry A former American baseball player, he was one of the most feared sluggers throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. He was diagnosed with colon cancer 1998. In 1999, he made a comeback, but wasn't his old self. He is still alive today.

3. Elizabeth Montgomery An American film and television actress who is best remembered for her roles in Samantha Stephens in Bewitched and Lizzie Borden in The Legend of Lizzie Borden. She was diagnosed in the spring of 1995. Unwilling to die in a hospital, she had no chance of recovery, she finally decided to return to her home in Beverly Hills where she died in the company of her children and husband, on May 18th, 1995.

4. Milton Berle An Emmy-winning American comedian and actor, in April 2001, Berle was told that he had a cancerous tumor in his colon, but refused surgery. Berle died on March 27th, 2002 in Los Angeles, California.

5. Ronald Reagan Was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1985 and skin cancer two years later, both were removed. He died in 2004 after 10 years of struggle against Alzheimer's.

6. Sharon Osbourne I think you know who Sharon Osbourne is, wife of Ozzy Osbourne, and famous for her presence in The Osbournes. She was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2002. The doctors said she had a 33 percent chance of survival and she recovered, and is still alive today.

7. Tony Snow An American political commentator, news anchor, syndicated columnist, radio host and the third White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush. He was first diagnosed in February 2005 and underwent surgery. About a year later the cancer reoccurred. He died on July 12th, 2008 after the cancer had spread to his liver.

8. Vince Lombardi An American football coach, he was head coach of the Green Bay Packers (1959-1967) and Washington Redskins for the 1969 season. He was diagnosed in June, 1970. He died on September 3rd, 1970 at the age of 57.

9. Corazon Aquino, former president of the Philippines

10. Claude Debussy, renowned French composer in the romantic/modern eras.

11. Babe Didrikson Zaharias , American athlete

12. Conrad Furey, Canadian painter

13. Pope John Paul II

14. Carolyn Jones, actress, known for playing Morticia Addams in "The Addams Family". Diagnosed with colon cancer in 1982, died one year later in 1983.

15. H.P. Lovecraft, Fiction writer

16. Marilyn Martinez, Hispanic American stand up comedian and actress

17. Lois Maxwell, Canadian actress, known for originating the role of Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond movies, died September 29 2007

18. Jeff Moss, co-founder of Sesame Street

19. Rod Roddy, previous announcer for "The Price Is Right," died at age 66, 2 years after diagnosis

20. Mstislav Rostropovich, one of the greatest cellists of all time, died April 27, 2007

21. Joel Siegel, movie critic and host of "Good Morning America," died at age 64, 10 years after diagnosis

22. Ruth Bader Ginsburg Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court

23. Terry Jones Actor best known for Monty Python.

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So who's the brave soul to contact her publicist and get permission to get her pic,on our collage of all of us, on the cover of our colondar?????

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with Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

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Only for doing colonoscopies, no research, and not really through a fund she does, just her name she lended.

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MaLinda Sapp, wife of gospel singer Marvin Sapp. She was 43.

Eartha Kitt. She was 81.

Teddy Pendergrass. He was 59.

Simon MacCorkindale, star of Falcon Crest. He was 58.

Alice Ghostely, also of Bewitched. Died 2007.

Betty Hutton, Hollywood star. She was 86.

Jay Monahan, Katie Couric’s husband. He was 42.

Carolyn Jones, actress, known for playing Morticia Addams in "The Addams Family". Diagnosed with colon cancer in 1982, died one year later in 1983.

Jack Lemmon, American actor, died of colon and bladder cancer on June 27, 2001, aged 76

Walter Matthau, American actor, had metastatic colon cancer, but died of heart disease on July 1, 2000, aged 79

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She was QUITE an interesting soul!!!

Sang "Santa Baby" so slow and sultry....every Christmas I go searching for her rendition...

Hugs, Kathi

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For the additions to the list. There are so many that are lesser known for their disease but well known for their contributions to the celebrity world.

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Hi Lori-S,

I am an anal cancer survivor and Farrah died of Anal cancer which is different than colon and rectal cancer.

from another Lori

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some survivors?

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The only survivor that I have found of the celebraty variety is Sharon Osborne.

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Of that list Darryl Strawberry and Sharon Osbourne are still living. It seems like it is going to take a little research to come up with others. I'll see what I can do about getting a list together of those.

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Please feel free to add to this list!

Eric Davis: Baseball player. In May 1997, Davis was diagnosed with colon cancer. He vowed to return that season, although most felt that it would be unlikely that he could recover in time and was forced to have an ileo-anal pouch. By September, while he was still in treatment, Davis returned to the team. His cancer treatment left him tired but he worked very hard to regain his form. Davis was well enough to hammer a game winning home run in the 1997 American League Championship Series. After the season, he was given the Roberto Clemente Award. He serves as an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Davis was brought back for 1998 and went on to have one of his best seasons, batting .327, the 4th best average in the AL, and hitting 28 homers. He also hit in 30 consecutive games that season.

Darryl Eugene Strawberry A former American baseball player, he was one of the most feared sluggers throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. He was diagnosed with colon cancer 1998. In 1999, he made a comeback, but wasn't his old self. He is still alive today.

Sharon Osbourne I think you know who Sharon Osbourne is, wife of Ozzy Osbourne, and famous for her presence in The Osbournes. She was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2002. The doctors said she had a 33 percent chance of survival and she recovered, and is still alive today.

Terry Jones Actor best known for Monty Python. On 21 October 2006, it was reported in The Daily Mirror that Jones had been diagnosed with bowel cancer. Another article dated three days later, also by The Mirror, indicated that the exploratory surgery performed on Jones had good results. News reports in the British media on 27 April 2009, claimed that Jones was due to become a father for the third time in the autumn of 2009, by way of his girlfriend of five years, Anna Söderström. However, he remains married to Alison Telfer. His daughter, Siri, was born in early September 2009

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Ginsburg was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999 and underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. During the process, she did not miss a day on the bench. On February 5, 2009, she again underwent surgery related to pancreatic cancer.Ginsburg's tumor was discovered at an early stage.Ginsburg was released from a New York hospital, eight days after the surgery and heard oral arguments again four days later. On September 24, 2009, Ginsburg was hospitalized for lightheadedness following an outpatient treatment for iron deficiency and was released the following day. Despite rumours that she would retire as a result of poor health and the death of her husband,Ginsburg has denied that she is planning to step down from the Court anytime soon.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, was also dx with pancreatic cancer.

Feb 5th 2009
Despite undergoing surgery for what could turn out to be one of the deadliest cancers known, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may have a better chance of surviving than most others with the illness, cancer experts said today.

Justice Ruth Ginsburg's pancreatic cancer could present challenges ahead. The reason for the optimism is that the tumor found in the center of Ginsburg's pancreas was only about 1 centimeter in length, according to a statement from Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City, where surgeons performed the operation to remove it this morning.

Dr. Joan Bull, a professor of oncology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, said that the size of the tumor, which was discovered during a routine checkup in late January, suggests that the cancer was caught at a very early stage, possibly before it had a chance to spread. If so, it would set Ginsburg, 75, apart from the 60 percent to 70 percent of pancreatic cancer patients whose disease is caught after it has spread to other areas of the body.

"If they did remove [the tumor] totally, with no lymph node or other vascular involvement, it does sound like a good outcome," Bull said, adding that treating pancreatic cancer at stage 1 gives patients a high chance of survival.

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Thanks for the clarification. I wll definitely remove her name from the list that I got online. Don't you guys get to hang with us? waaaaaaaah!

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Hi Lori-s

We have our own discussion board, which through one of our members had CSN to set it up. Anal caner is very rare, according to seer there will be 5200 cases this year. Thank you for fixing the list, as anal cancer seldom gets any recognition. Farrah was the 1st famous person that I have ever heard of being dx with anal cancer. The tx for anal cancer is different than for colon and rectal. I wish you well Lori.

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I wouldn't want to lump you in where you don't belong. Anal cancer needs recognition too. Thank you so much for speaking up and correcting my mistake. And thanks for participating here with us on our board!

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Appendix cancer falls under the "colorectal" umbrella, but is also a different cancer. I, too, have a diagnosis of Appendix Cancer.

It is very rare, with only a few hundred cases being diagnosed in the US each year.

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Same for you Abrub. She is lumped in with the colorectal cancer diagnosis. I humbly acknowledge appendix cancer. Would you like for her name to be removed? Unfortunately, while attempting to find colorectal cancer survivors I came up with plenty of famous people with colorectal cancer who are no longer living (though I'm sure some from old age as opposed to dying from the cancer) so there is no shortage of people to put on the list.

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We don't have our own thread - we come here!

But it is good awareness.

Alice

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I, too, have appendix cancer. It is so rare, though, that I am treated as a Stage IV colon cancer patient.

Debbie in Arkansas

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Heres some more-a quite a few are survivors, sorry if any duplicates

* Eric Davis - Baseball Player
* Mildred "Babe" Didrikson - Olympic Track & Field Athlete
* Ron Fineman - TV Journalist
* John Forsythe - Actor
* Dick Hickox (Esophageal Cancer, Colon Cancer) - Basketball Player
* Chen Jinlang - Singer (Singapore)
* Ernie Ladd (Colon, Stomach, Bones) - Football Player, Wrestler
* Walter K. Palmer - Health Insurance Executive
* Ronald Reagan - US President
* Ted Schroeder - Tennis Champion
* * Joel Siegel - TV Journalist
* Damu Smith - Peace and Environmental Activist
* Edward Yang - Film maker
• Corazon Aquino - Former Philippine President
• Charlie Bell - McDonald's CEO
• Ted Corbitt (Prostate Cancer, Colon Cancer) - American Distance Runner
• Eric Davis - Baseball Player
• Mildred "Babe" Didrikson - Olympic Track & Field Athlete
• Farrah Fawcett (Rectal Cancer) - Actress
• Ron Fineman - TV Journalist
• John Forsythe - Actor
• Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Supreme Court Justice
• Aribert Heim (Rectal Cancer) - Fugitive Nazi War Criminal ("Dr. Death")
• Dick Hickox (Esophageal Cancer, Colon Cancer) - Basketball Player
• Betty Hutton - Actress
• Chen Jinlang - Singer (Singapore)
• Eartha Kitt - Singer
• Ernie Ladd (Colon, Stomach, Bones) - Football Player, Wrestler
• Marilyn Martinez - Standup Comedian
• Juanita Millender-McDonald - Member of Congress (D-CA)
• Frank Morgan - Saxophonist
• Sharon Osbourne - Wife of Ozzie Osbourne
• Walter K. Palmer - Health Insurance Executive
• Jean Pelletier - Quebec City Mayor
• Harold Pinter - Nobel Prize Winning Playwright
• Abdul Razzak (Colorectal Cancer) - Gitmo Detainee
• Ronald Reagan - US President
• Ted Schroeder - Tennis Champion
• Charles Schultz - Peanuts
• Joel Siegel - Film Critic (ABC Good Morning America)
• Leroy Sievers - Journalist (ABC News Nightline executive producer, CBS News)
• Damu Smith - Peace and Environmental Activist
• Tony Snow - White House Press Secretary
• Darryl Strawberry - Baseball Player
• Robin Toner - New York Times Reporter
• Charlie Walker - Grand Ole Opry member and Honky-Tonk Singer
• Edward Yang - Director
• Lee Young - Jazz Drummer

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Hope many of them still alive or not died of cancer.
Hugs.

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