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Meredith's Miracles Colon Cancer Foundation
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The mission of MMCCF is two-fold: to save lives by raising awareness of the symptoms that might indicate colon cancer, and to provide financial assistance to young adults undergoing treatment for colon cancer.

Meredith Ann Holbert Rankin loved life. She had a magnetic personality that drew people to her in every setting. She graduated from Miami University in 2005 with a degree in Communications. During her senior year of college, she began experiencing various digestive issues. These included weight loss, decreased appetite, burping, and a change in bowel habits. Unfortunately, each time she expressed these concerns to a doctor, they were dismissed as symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Medication did not improve her symptoms and her health continued to decline. She suffered additional weight loss, back pain, high fevers, and stabbing pains in her abdomen. After over two years of symptoms, she was given a colonoscopy. During the procedure, they found a tumor in her colon. Subsequent tests revealed that the cancer had metastasized to her liver, lungs, and lymph nodes. The diagnosis of Stage IV cancer was given just three weeks before Meredith’s wedding. Meredith fought her cancer courageously. Meredith passed away on April 22, 2008.

The majority of our funding supports the financial miracles that we award young colon cancer patients. To be considered for a miracle, the criteria is as follows:

• Must be diagnosed with colon cancer or have been experiencing symptoms inherent to colon cancer
• Must be referred by a health care provider or social worker or other qualified professional organization
• No self referrals accepted
• Must be an adult 40 years of age or younger
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