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Jovannie Lorenzo, Class of 2012, says that “Blame it on Bergen Leads has taken on a whole new meaning for me.   Would you believe it saved my life?”

Two years ago, I met Dave Dubin, a fellow Bergen LEADS graduate.  Dave is a two-time colon cancer survivor, and through his organization, AliveandKickn, he works to increase awareness and prevention of colorectal cancer and increase early detection through screening and genetic testing. I had never heard of colon cancer – through Dave’s story, I learned more about the disease.

In late 2011, I began to get very ill - exhausted, in pain with swelling and bleeding. I blamed it on being a stressed-out single mom, but Dave recognized the symptoms and encouraged me to find out what was wrong.   I started the process, but dragged my feet until March 29, 2012, when I woke up in severe pain. In true Jovannie Fashion, I sucked it up and kept it moving - I had to speak at Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday and nothing was stopping me!  I figured I could just go to the ER after the event if I still felt that bad.  I made it to Fifth Friday and spoke about my wonderful experience of being in Bergen LEADS. I met many wonderful people,  then I got into my car, went to the doctor and was told I needed tests done immediately. 

Three weeks later, on April 20, I went in for the results of my tests after telling my co-workers I’d be right back.  It took a while – my diagnosis was colon cancer.  After surgery and treatment, I am now 10 months cancer-free! 

So, I blame my life on Bergen LEADS!

       Dave and Jovannie at an AliveandKickn event

Jovannie and Dave during the Fight Colorectal Cancer, the leading national colorectal cancer advocacy organization, visit at NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square in recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

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