The LivOn Foundation was created in honor of Olivia Naples Bostic. Olivia, at 37 years old and in the best physical shape of her life, was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Colon Cancer. This means the cancer spread to other organs, including her liver and ovaries. Olivia, a Physician Assistant for 10 years, noticed symptoms and changes in her body that appeared to be minor or easily explained, but were not. When the practitioner became the patient, she wanted to help educate others about the symptoms and prevention of Colon Cancer and help others deal with this diagnosis and treatment.
Our mission is to educate and promote awareness for early detection of Colon Cancer for those under 50 years of age. In addition, we provide financial assistance to individuals 50 and younger in the Hampton Roads area diagnosed with Colon Cancer. Many individuals under age 50 go undiagnosed because symptoms are unnoticed, embarrassing to discuss, or are explained away for a person with no family history of Colon Cancer. Yet, Colon Cancer rates for those under 50 is on the rise; in fact 15% of all Colon Cancer patients are under 50. As a result, we at LivON Foundation are working to increase awareness of symptoms and hopeful prevention of Colon Cancer in those under 50. Know the Symptoms of Colon Cancer!