Danielle Ripley-Burgess of Lee’s Summit, is one of the newest board members for The Colon Club, a national non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of colon cancer in young adults. Burgess was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in her teens while attending Lee’s Summit North High School and is now a 12-year cancer survivor.
She joins the board along with Debbie Donovan, a healthcare marketing consultant.
“These two ladies bring a tremendous amount of experience and passion to our organization,” said Krista Waller, president of The Colon Club. “They both have a personal tie to colon cancer that fuels their efforts to advocacy. Plus, they’re skilled in marketing and anxious to help us get our message out and save even more lives.”
Burgess offers board a young survivor’s perspective
Burgess first became acquainted with the Colon Club after applying for the Colondar and modeling as Miss October 2009. Her story of colon cancer survivorship beginning at age 17 furthers The Colon Club’s mission to inform communities that colorectal cancer can occur in those who are young – even in their teens. Since featured in The 2009 Colondar, Burgess has volunteered as a staff member of The Colon Club helping oversee the Colon Club’s website, social media, marketing and public relations.
She is the owner of Semicolon Communications, a marketing company in Kansas City.
“The Colon Club was formed by people like me, for people like me,” Burgess said, “Twelve years ago I never dreamed that I’d find an organization dedicated to connecting young colon cancer survivors like myself. I am honored to be a part of furthering the organization’s mission and continuing to offer hope and my expertise to aid those also facing this ‘old person’s disease’ way too young.”