COLONTOWN is an online community of more than 100 “secret” groups on Facebook for colorectal patients, survivors, and carepartners. There are separate neighborhoods focused on patients with different stages of disease, the differing types of treatment, and special interests – such as CRC clinical trials, young-onset CRC patients, and local support groups. Every neighborhood is nurtured by a Neighborhood Host (or several), themselves living the experience. Check out our current list of neighborhoods!
Read about our Training Program for community leaders, offered by PALTOWN, the nonprofit that supports COLONTOWN.
How Do I Join?
Membership is by application only. Fill out the registration form, and you will be contacted shortly by one of our administrators.
Every request is handled personally by COLONTOWN’S “Deputy Mayors.” Because of recent media stories about COLONTOWN, we are receiving a lot of requests to join! Please be patient as we work hard to respond to everyone.
Learn about Dr. Tom Marsilje, COLONTOWN’s original clinical trials guru, and the Cannonball Award that honors him on the “Our Inspiration” section of the PALTOWN website. Today, COLONTOWN has several neighborhoods where patients and caregivers exchange information about current clinical trials options.
Brown, a Montana native, had a healthy career as a corporate executive search professional until – at age 58 – she was diagnosed with late-stage colorectal cancer. Once her treatment completed, she refocused on the undeveloped niche of disease-specific patient empowerment, founding COLONTOWN on Facebook.
COLONTOWN features online, deeply engaged, experience-specific, secret support groups that are exclusively dedicated to CRC patients and family members. The tremendous engagement and energy of COLONTOWN participants have attracted the attention of the media, in particular for the clinical trials groups, which connect patients to the latest treatment options.
In 2016, Brown co-founded the PALTOWN Development Foundation to create additional disease-focused communities. COLONTOWN is the model for patient community-building, providing the template for disease communities to follow.
Ms. Brown is grateful, empowered, and disease-free – 14 years later.