About the Foundation

Mission

The current mission of the foundation is to spread awareness of colon cancer, particularly in younger populations where colorectal cancers are a real and growing concern.

The long-term mission of the foundation is to provide financial assistance to those who can not afford screening and diagnostic tests, such as a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy.

Donations

The foundation is not currently able to accept public donations, as we are still in the process of establishing the organization.

In the meantime, please consider donating in Nischa's memory to the American Cancer Society.

Colon Cancer In Younger Populations

The American Cancer Society recently published an article which started off with this alarming information:

"If you’re younger than 50, it’s possible you haven’t thought much about getting colorectal cancer. But emerging evidence shows that you should start paying attention. A new study from American Cancer Society researchers reveals that the death rate for colorectal cancer among adults ages 20 to 54 has been increasing since the mid-2000s. This is a new trend. In the 1980s and 1990s, colorectal cancer death rates in this age group had been going down.

The study was published August 8 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings follow a February 2017 study from the same researchers. That study found that young and middle-aged adults were being diagnosed with colorectal cancer at an increasing rate as far back as the 1980s for the youngest age groups (20 to 39 years). The reasons for the trend are still not answered. To provide more clues, Rebecca Siegel, MPH, and her colleagues analyzed cancer death rates from 1970 to 2014. Their dive into the death rate data generated 3 major findings."

The article went on to lay out the 3 major findings as follows:

Major Finding #1: The death rate for colorectal cancer in adults ages 20 to 54 increased by 1% each year from 2004 to 2014. Before then, from the mid-1970s through the 1990s, the death rate had been decreasing by almost 2% each year.  

Major Finding #2: The death rate for colorectal cancer among those ages 20 to 54 increased in white people by 1.4% each year since 2004. In contrast, the death rate slowly decreased in black people throughout the 45 years studied. 

Major Finding #3: The death rate is also increasing among adults in the screening population – people in their early 50s. 

Sadly, this information is not well-known or understood by the general public, who still commonly perceive Colon Cancer to be an "old-persons" disease. To read the full article, please click here.

Acts of Kindness In Memory of Nischa

Nischa was one of a kind. Her heart was pure gold and her soul that of an angel on earth. To honor Nischa, we ask that you consider performing a random act of kindness. If you do, please share (words or a photo) about what you did on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the #NischasWishes to inspire others to do the same.

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