Message from the founder, David Dubin
My genes don’t define me. I am AliveAndKickn. Pretty bold statement. AliveAndKickn is more than just a name. It’s a way of life. I joke that Lynch Syndrome is the genetic predisposition to colon cancer, endometrial cancer, other cancers…and soccer. But that’s just me. Besides half a dozen surgeries since 1997, I have and still play the game I love. You may find your own game, or hobby, or solace in something that can help you in your day. Lynch Syndrome, other hereditary cancers, even other disorders are difficult to absorb and overcome. We’re here for you. We are looking to make a difference for you and others, both current and future with hereditary cancer. Part of that is helping you navigate the system, offer insights into options, share a smile, look for research trials, but most importantly, aggregate pertinent data to research potential cures.
Every Dubin male for the past three generations has had colon cancer, sometimes more than once, and we’ve LIVED WELL into our old ages. My grandfather was almost ninety before passing. My father is still AliveAndKickn in his eighties. My older brother is still AliveAndKickn in his fifties. My oldest son is a previvor in college. The younger two are still a work in progress. We are resilient.
Genetics is taking huge strides almost every day. Precision medicine, immunotherapy and gene sequencing are the future. We thank you for being a part of our lives. I’m humbled to be part of yours. Be resilient. Be AliveAndKickn!
31 Days of blue 2015
In 2015 Dave Dubin took to writing a story each day for the 31 days of March, Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. It turned into a revealing look into how one navigates life as a survivor, advocate and father to three boys who may have inherited the same genetic condition that shapes his life.