Meet Our April Volunteer of the Month

 

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 This month, we would like to recognize Taylor Ingram, a volunteer who is involved in many different ways.  We greatly appreciate all of her hard work to help raise awareness and support the Colon Cancer Prevention Project!  Learn a little bit about her below, including what her dream was growing up as a child!

 
*How did you get involved with the Project?
As a part of my master’s program I was required to complete a practicum. Subsequently, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. The recent diagnosis opened my eyes to the world of gastrointestinal diseases and the uncomfortableness that can be associated with these issues. That was three years ago and I continued to stay involved with the Project to help promote awareness, increase screening rates, and eliminate preventable colon cancer deaths.
 

*Why Louisville?

I moved to Louisville to pursue my masters of public health degree. My husband and I stayed because we love the city; it is a great size and has a lot of opportunities as well as good food and great people.

 

*What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?

Tough question, if I had to pick one I would say Hammerheads.

 

*What is one interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?

My dream growing up was to be a figure skater. I loved watching Michelle Kwan and Tara Lipinski. Unfortunately, we lived in a rural community and there were no ice skating rinks within a reasonable distance so my Olympic dreams were cut short.

 

*What is your motto you live by?

Always get eight hours of sleep. Or ten when you can. 

 

*What is some advice you were given long ago and still live by?

My grandfather was one of the best dressed men I’ve known and he impressed upon us that it is always better to be over dressed rather than under dressed.

 

*What is your guilty pleasure? (Yes, we mean the one you are slightly embarrassed to admit.)

I follow a few (I won’t say how many), dogs on Instagram. Their photos are always guaranteed to make me smile.

 

*If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?

I would like to eat and drink my way through Italy.

 

 *If you could trade places with anyone in the world (dead or alive) for a month, who would choose and why?

I would enjoy the opportunity to work as a food journalist, like Anthony Bourdain, where I could travel and learn about different cultures through their food.

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(Taylor and her husband, AJ, volunteering at the 2015 Bottoms Up Bash)

***Thank you, Taylor!***
 

Meet Our March Volunteer of the Month

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This month, we would like to recognize Caleb Payne, a colon cancer survivor and volunteer who is involved in many different ways.  We are very excited for his upcoming Appalachian Colon Cancer Awareness Project journey, where he will be "march"ing all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail and raising awareness about colon cancer along the way!  We greatly appreciate all of his hard work to help raise awareness and support the Colon Cancer Prevention Project!  Look for Caleb at the Bottoms Up Bash this Friday, and learn a little bit about him below! 
 

*How did you get involved with The Project?

In 2013, I was diagnosed with advanced stage Colon Cancer. My niece, Angela Champion, also was the Executive Director of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project. Dr. Whitney Jones is a friend of my wife and mine. The Colon Cancer Prevention Project seemed to be a perfect fit.

 

*Why Louisville?

I am a Louisvillian, born in 1960.  I went to Jeffersontown Elementary School, Westport Road High School and Sullivan University. Louisville is my home.

 

*What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?

My wife and I have been going to the North End Café and found it to be a great place to bring friends and have time along over a great meal. To answer your question, it would be North End Café.

 

*What is one interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?

Back in the day, I was an amateur tournament golfer. Yeah, I was pretty good at the game of Putt Putt Golf. I played in local tournaments and won a few as well. Still love that game.

 

*What is your motto you live by?

I live by my Scottish ancestor’s Gaelic moto of: “Buaida No Bas”, which means “Conquer or Die”. I used this moto during the hardest times of my cancer. If you were wondering, I am a proud member of the Scottish Clan of MacDougall, my grandmother from Scotland was a MacDougall. 

 

*What is some advice you were given long ago and still live by?

As a young Boy Scout from Troop 75, I learned to always “Be Parpared”. I also live by the Scout Law of “doing a good turn”. 

 

*What is your guilty pleasure? (Yes, we mean the one you are slightly embarrassed to admit.)

Sneaking off and visiting Golden Corral Buffet & Grill.  During my cancer this was the only place I could eat different things that would taste good as my body would change a lot on what tasted good and what didn’t.

 

*If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?

Paris in spring with my wife; she speaks French and has always wanted to visit.  Then, a stop across the English Channel and to visit the United Kingdom. 

 

*If you could trade places with anyone in the world (dead or alive) for a month, who would choose and why?

John Muir, the places he visited and the people who would travel thousands of miles to just sit down for a few minutes and listen to his wisdom. He is also the father of the National Parks and Sierra Club. 

 

*Your Facebook link, as well as other social media accounts: 

You can follow me along the 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail and help the Colon Cancer Prevention Project at the same time by visiting ColonCancerPreventionProject.org.

***Thank you, Caleb!***
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