Brainstorming Time

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Brainstorming Time

Postby SkiFletch » Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:26 pm

Well folks, it's time for the annual Tshirt slogan brainstorming request :). For those of you that were not around in spring of 2011, every memorial day weekend since my diagnosis, my wife has gotten together a team of family and friends to run a race and fund-raise for colon cancer research. The race of choice is the Buffalo Marathon, which also has a half marathon, and a 4-person relay marathon component. Last year we had 3 teams of runners for the relay, and a handful of folks doing the full and/or half individually. Kelly's team actually came in 2nd in the co-ed relay :shock: which is impressive as hell since thousands of people run this race, as it's a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Anyways, we do an informal "Team Fletch" for everyone running on my behalf and we always do Tshirts and/or dry-wicks. The front says Team Fletch 2012, and on the back we like to come up with an eye-popping slogan to try and get attention and to encourage awareness. We've had a few folks both on race-day and through out the year as people wear them ask about the shirt's meaning, and every time they do, it's a teachable moment about CRC. Kelly and I are not the most creative folks ever, so we're appealing to you guys as we have done every year for slogans for the back. Feel free to make them a little racey if you like, but above all, have fun with it. CRC offers plenty of double-entendre opportunities, so make the best of it. We want something that's gonna catch people's attention and make them think about CRC, screening, something like that. Looking forward to seeing what we can come up with this year :)
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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby Fanatik » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:12 pm

Whats the deadline Ski?? and I hate to exhibit my ignorance for all to see, but what the heck is a dry-wick?
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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby SusanNore » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:25 pm

OK. One of the things that really bugs me about CRC events, is it's about the butt. Undy 5000. Get Your Rear in Gear. I'm working with our local Get Your Rear in Gear committee for our October event, and being a survivor, I told the other committee members (not survivors but those who've lost loved ones to CRC) that IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BUTT! I know after 6+ years of post-surgery/chemo/radiation effects, I'm mostly annoyed by and challenged with my guts. Eating is a challenge. Going about day-to-day things without worrying about when/where/how to eat because the guts don't work well anymore, is a challenge and time-limiting issue.

We get the humor with the whole butt thing, but really, it's not about that. It's about our GUTS! It's Not About the Butt....It's About the Gut! I dunno.....grasping here but if we take the butt out of the picture (or make it less of the focal point) perhaps it's more approachable and less oogy for the community, but still catchy. Our poor butts get all the blame.

Just a thought......

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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby Jachut » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:58 pm

So true.

Although I kid you not, more than once I have been doing a half marathon or 10K and seen one of the marathoners drop a poo on the road :shock: , out the leg of the shorts. Presumably a whole, intact, non cancer sufferer. There's gotta be a line there surely?

Although I have no creative suggestions, I heartily agree - humour is great if someone comes up with something really clever, but it should not have to be about our butts and it should not have to be funny, to make people feel comfortable. Its not a funny thing. Accepting it, and talking about it and being proud of being a survivor is not funny! It deserves respect.

Will put my thinking cap on.

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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby SkiFletch » Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:37 am

There's no deadline Fanatik, the race isn't till Memorial day weekend (end of May) so there's some time. Dry-wick refers to the fabric of the shirt, the kind of stuff that pulls sweat off your skin and evaporates faster so you don't get horribly sticky when sweating.

And hey, if you guys can come up with stuff that isn't about butts, I'm all for it. I will say though that I'm not sure how many folks would have asked about the shirts if they did NOT have a humorous or thought-provoking slogan on the back. And if they never asked, I never would have had the ability to convince them to have a scope (some were over 50 and just too scared). The humor got them to drop their guard so to speak and talk about it. If even one of those folks gets a scope and has a polyp removed because of an interaction they had with someone from a funny tshirt, well then it was worth it IMO
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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby esk2poo » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:14 am

Ski,
Was talking with my wife the other day. She asked why is the color for colon cancer not brown?

Something to work with but I am just waking up and drinking my coffee so as the meds start to work along with the caffeine, my mind wakes up, I'll be back with something.
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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby KarMel » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:34 am

Somewhat political, but thought provoking...

I am part of the 1%

Followed by a colon cancer star

The 1% of colon cancer patients diagnosed under age 30.

********************************************************************************************

Thanks for smoking. :| Otherwise, colon cancer would be
the #1 cause of cancer deaths in America , instead of lung.

( a little pushy, might ruffle some feathers. But, still true.)

*************************************************************************************************

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Think of it as diagnostics for your personal waste disposal removal system.
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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby nicola smith » Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:33 am

Picking up on Susan's GI theme...why not something like "My tummy hurts; does yours?"

Or into more traditional realms "Back at You!"

I recall suggesting this in the past: "The colon: - it's more than punctuation"

I'll keep thinking
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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby disco nap » Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:58 am

What were the past slogans?

I like the punctuation theme Nicola mentioned.

"Ask me about my semi-colon".
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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby Guinevere » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:23 am

nicola smith wrote:...
I recall suggesting this in the past: "The colon: - it's more than punctuation"

I'll keep thinking


My fave so far!! Can you tell I'm a word nerd?? :mrgreen:

Disconap, I like yours are well!
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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby tammylayne » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:33 am

1. CRC -do you have the GUTS to ask me about it???

This one is NOT meant to offend.....I heard it once and it stuck!!
2. Rectum???????? Darn near killed 'em!!!!
Ask me about CRC screening

You did ask for sayings that would make people talk....and that is what we want!!!
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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby nicola smith » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:38 am

nicola smith wrote:Picking up on Susan's GI theme...why not something like "My tummy hurts; does yours?"




Or "Ask me why my tummy hurt" - that could stimulate some conversations.
UC history
11/09: Dx, CEA 2.9
02/10: colectomy, temp ileo; pT3N1Mx
10/10: 12 Folfox6
03/11: jpouch
2010/11/12/13/14: 6 PET and/or CT's - NED
quarterly 03/2010- 03/2015: CEA range 0.8-1.3
03/2015: discharged to GP :D

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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby nicola smith » Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:11 am

tammylayne wrote:1. CRC -do you have the GUTS to ask me about it???

T!


I like this one
UC history
11/09: Dx, CEA 2.9
02/10: colectomy, temp ileo; pT3N1Mx
10/10: 12 Folfox6
03/11: jpouch
2010/11/12/13/14: 6 PET and/or CT's - NED
quarterly 03/2010- 03/2015: CEA range 0.8-1.3
03/2015: discharged to GP :D

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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby BrownBagger » Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:40 am

Ass not what your colon can do for you.
Ass what you can do for your colon.
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Re: Brainstorming Time

Postby tammylayne » Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:51 am

COLORECTAL cancer - not what its CRACKED up to be
Ask me how to get tested!
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