Summer 2017  

Rectal Cancer Awareness Advocate Receives ASCRS 2017 Local Hero Award

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Mr. Doug Dallman (center) receives the Local Hero Award from ASCRS President-elect Dr. Guy Orangio, Public Relations Committee Chair Dr. Roberta Muldoon, Dr. Mark Whiteford and President Dr. Patricia Roberts.

Rectal Cancer survivor Doug Dallmann was honored with the 2017 ASCRS Local Hero Award, which was presented to him during the Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.

The award recognizes a patient who was affected by a colorectal disease, has contributed to the local community through advocacy or public outreach efforts and has a message for others. Local Hero Award recipients are selected from the regional area where the ASCRS Annual Meeting is held.

“We are very pleased to honor Doug Dallmann with the ASCRS Local Hero Award because of his commitment to raising awareness about rectal cancer through his personal blog and his involvement with The Colon Club. His message is inspirational and very helpful for other young patients.” said Roberta Muldoon, MD, chair of the ASCRS Public Relations Committee.

Dallmann, of Portland, OR, was first diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2010 when he was 40 years old. Following chemotherapy and radiation, Dallmann had a permanent colostomy. Cancer free for seven years, Dallmann lives a very active life as patent attorney, hiker, back packer, cyclist and fitness enthusiast.

He has been involved as a “Chemo Pal” for the Portland-based Children’s Cancer Association as well as with The Colon Club, one of the largest colorectal cancer patient advocacy groups in the United States. Dallmann was a featured survivor in The Colon Club’s 2013 Colondar and he currently writes for “On The Rise,” its annual publication featuring early onset colorectal cancer survivors. Dallmann’s personal blog highlights his active life and the ups and downs of dealing with an ostomy.

"Being diagnosed with rectal cancer and waking up from surgery to know I would live the rest of my life with an ostomy was the greatest challenge I've encountered,” Dallmann said. “I emerged from months of self-doubt to embrace the new path I would now travel, and made the decision to not let it limit me, but use my life and my achievements as an example to others who find themselves in my shoes."

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