Welcome to COLONTOWN sbyrne
What Is COLONTOWN?
COLONTOWN is an online community of more than 50 “secret” groups on Facebook for colorectal patients, survivors, and caregivers. 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 deputy mayor (or several), themselves living the experience.
Check out our In the News section for media stories featuring some of our members.
In COLONTOWN, you will find people who understand exactly what you are going through; these are people just like you who want to connect, share and support one another.
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.
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.