The Michael P. Brown Colon Cancer Foundation was created in 2014 by Michael, his wife, and a dedicated network of friends. Michael was initially diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in February 2010, at age 26-years-old. He immediately underwent surgery to remove part of his colon, followed by six months of chemotherapy, with his wife and infant son by his side. Michael was in remission for almost four years. Then in December of 2013, he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. The type of cancer Michael had is called signet ring cell adenocarcinoma. It is a rare and aggressive type of cancer that affects less than 1% of all colon cancer patients. Because of its rarity, this type of cancer is not researched as much as the more common forms of colon cancer.

It was out of this necessity for research that the Michael P. Brown Colon Cancer Foundation was founded. We knew that the research would not help save Michael, but rather the many people that will be diagnosed in the coming years. Currently, signet ring colon cancer is treated with the same chemotherapy medications as other colon cancers. Unfortunately, the usual chemotherapy options have proved to be suboptimal and many times ineffective for signet ring colon cancer.  

Michael had a heart for running, so to meet the goals of the foundation, a 5K Run/1 Mile Walk was established, “Michael’s 5K Run For Life.” Due to fantastic friend, family and community support, the run has gradually grew into a festival, “Michael’s Run for Life Festival,” with a kids’ run, food, drinks, bake sale, silent auction, live auction, kids’ event area, and a live band. As Michael’s health declined in 2018, he expressed his strong desire to continue our fundraising efforts. Following Michael’s passing in 2019, Central Illinois Endoscopy held the First Annual Michael P. Brown Dodgeball Tournament and a former co-worker/friend established the First Annual Michael P. Brown Colon Cancer Foundation Trivia Night. Michael leaves this world forever changed and his memory continues to inspire our foundation as we strive to keep future families affected by this disease whole.

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Our Staff & Volunteers

The members of our board and our gracious volunteers help us grow the foundation and the research related to signet ring colon cancer. Without them we wouldn’t be where we are today.

  • Adamu Makinwa
  • Casper Lundin
  • Thomas Gagné
  • Christina Morgan
  • Markovics Zoltán
  • Jacolien Hendriks
  • Isabela Barboza
  • Juhani Virtanen
  • Phan Châu
  • Kuzey Ünal
  • Juan Rubio
  • Marko Mlakar
  • Kelly Lambert
  • Walid Ahelluc
  • Ernst Graf
  • Lore Smets
  • Camiel de Graaf
  • Ladislau Berindei
  • Ryan Christopher Croom

    Ryan was born in Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Cliff and Gloria Croom.  Destined to be an engineer, Ryan would take apart his toys, rather than play with them.  He spent his childhood…...

  • Marie Heimann Davidson

    Marie Frances Pan Xia Jai Heimann Davidson lived a full and predominantly happy life. Sadly, she passed away at home just before her 20th birthday on January 18, 2020....

  • Mitch Jobe

    My dad, Mitch, was diagnosed on December 9th, 2008 with stage 4 signet ring cell carcinoma of the appendix. He passed away August 20th, 2012 at age 50....

  • Toni Lynn Callahan

    This is Toni Lynn Callahan. She was born July 22nd 1972. She was a single mother to 3 wonderful children Alainna, Tommy, and Jesse....