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Susie's Story
The Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation was formed in Susie's honor. Her vision was that no other family would experience the pain that her family endured.

David Rodman Cohan
In Memoriam

It is with great sorrow that the board of directors of the Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation, Inc. announces the death of our chairman and dear friend, David Rodman Cohan.

David was a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, beginning his professional career as a law clerk to Judge Hall Hammond of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. He joined the law firm of Weinberg & Green, where he became a partner, before leaving to form his own firm, today known as Cohan & West, P.C. David specialized in complex business litigation and corporate transactions and was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States.

In 2002, David’s daughter Susan, the mother of two children ages 5 and 7, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and told she had 30 days to live. Susan fought courageously for the next two years, during which time she and her father founded the Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation (“Susie’s Cause”). The foundation received its official 501(c)(3) status in January 2005, just months after Susan had lost her battle against colon cancer.

David served as the volunteer president of Susie’s Cause from the beginning, devoting an increasing amount of time to the charity as it became national in scope. In 2016, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) awarded him its coveted David Jagelman Award for Advocacy in Colorectal Cancer. In bestowing this honor, the ASCRS praised Susie’s Cause’s innovative outreach programs and their role in leading to significant increases in colon cancer screenings throughout the nation.

The employees and board of directors of Susie’s Cause are committed to fulfilling the mission of Susie’s Cause. Thanks to David’s stewardship, we are confident Susie’s Cause will experience continued success, as we work tirelessly to advocate for public awareness about colon cancer, promote the importance of regular screenings, and raise money to fund groundbreaking research and clinical trials.


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2nd Annual Free Hayward Outreach Health Festival
Saturday, October 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Co-hosted with presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and held at Southland Mall, this festival provides the local community of Hayward, California a free day of health education, with an emphasis on colorectal cancer screening and prevention.
Our annual 5K will be held again this year in Towson, Maryland on Sunday, October 29, 2017 and is open to family members of all ages. Click here for more details and to register. Early-bird registration ends September 30!
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2nd Annual Free Louisville Outreach Health Festival
An estimated crowd of 1,516 joined us, our phenomenal co-hosts from Norton Healthcare Prevention & Wellness, and a stellar group of other local agencies at Jefferson Mall in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, September 16, for a great day of colorectal cancer and general health education.
Free Troy Outreach Health Festival:
Susie's Cause and Karmanos Cancer Institute
We were thrilled to welcome 1,443 visitors to our 2nd Annual Susie's Cause Free Troy Outreach Health Festival on Saturday, August 26, at Oakland Mall in Troy, Michigan.
Free Indianapolis Outreach Health Festival:
Revving Our Engines at the Indy "1,400"!
More than 1,400 people attended our 2nd Annual Susie's Cause Free Indianapolis Outreach Health Festival on Saturday, July 29, at Circle Centre Mall, a 50 percent increase in turnout from last year! Great thanks to our partners at Eskenazi Health, Cancer Support Community Central Indiana, and Community Health Network, along with all the other agencies that attended.

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