About KCCF: Created upon the death of co-founder George Kiel III’s mother Debra Kiel, the Kiel Colon Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that desires to address colon cancer on multiple fronts through education, public outreach, research and aggressive initiatives.

Colon cancer is rising in young adults and is no longer an old person’s disease; therefore, we place a great focus on prevention and do so by attacking the modifiable risk factors of colon cancer – namely physical inactivity, obesity and diet – by overall encouraging a healthy lifestyle to everyone but particularly to young adults who have been diagnosed more frequently with the deadly disease in recent years. We also, and most importantly, encourage screening for the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women, especially those who have reached 50+ and also those who have family history (earlier).

Nothing can be done about the non-modifiable risk factors of colorectal cancer, such as heredity and family history, but we believe a steady and direct focus on the behavioral risk factors can assuredly force colon cancer, the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in America, down the list.