Why have you created this page? It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our visionary Founder and President, Dr. Thomas K. Weber, MD, FACS. Dr. Weber passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife Clare and sons Nicholas and Luke on Sunday, September 15, 2019. He waged a brief but fierce battle with a rare and very aggressive form of Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Dr. Weber has been the heart and soul of the Colon Cancer Foundation since he launched New York City's first colorectal cancer awareness event, "The Colon Cancer Challenge", in 2003. To those of us who were fortunate enough to work with him, he embodied a powerful and inspiring combination of a brilliant mind, tireless work ethic, singular sense of humor, and deeply caring nature. We will never know how many lives Dr. Weber saved or how many people he inspired to get screened or learn their family history. He was a pioneer and champion of colon cancer screening with an unwavering dedication to the cause. While Dr. Weber will never live to see the realization of his vision of "A World Without Colorectal Cancer," his contribution to the fight against this disease is without parallel. The staff and Board of Directors of the Colon Cancer Foundation extend our deepest sympathies to the Weber family and to the entire colorectal cancer community. Dr. Weber will always be in our hearts, and his light will forever guide our work. With love, Cindy, Jesse, Marcline, and Team Colon Cancer Challenge
Tell us about him/her. Today we honor the life, accomplishments and contributions of Dr. Thomas K. Weber of Chappaqua, New York. Dr. Weber passed away on September 15, 2019, after a brief but fierce battle with a rare and very aggressive form of Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. September 19th would have been his 65th birthday. Dr. Weber was a surgeon, researcher and visionary leader in relentless pursuit of the goal to save lives from colorectal cancer. Dr. Weber served as the Director of Surgical Oncology of the Northwest Region, Northwell Health and Medical Co-Director of Cancer Genetics at Northern Westchester Hospital, Northwell Health. Until 2018 he was a Full Academic Professor of Surgery at SUNY Downstate and Surgeon-in-Chief at VA New York Harbor Health Care System, Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Weber’s career includes significant accomplishments in multiple arenas including clinical surgical leadership, academic appointments, mentoring of young investigators, and international recognition for innovation and leadership in cancer prevention and collaborative translational cancer research. In addition to his clinical and academic appointments he led at least 10 national and international organizations (such as the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table, the Collaborative Group of the Americas and the NYC Health Department sponsored “Citywide Colorectal Cancer Control Coalition” (C5). Dr. Weber was an early and passionate advocate for addressing the early age onset colorectal cancer (EAOCRC) issue. He organized and Chaired the nation’s first Summit focused on (EAOCRC) and was instrumental in the American Cancer Society’s 2018 recommendation that Americans be screened for colorectal cancer at the age of 45 instead of 50. He published extensively on hereditary and early age onset colorectal cancer and was a frequently invited speaker on both subjects at national and international meetings. Dr. Weber was a pillar of the colorectal cancer community and has been recognized for his philanthropic leadership and contributions. He founded New York City’s first colon cancer awareness event in 2003, the Colon Cancer Challenge™, which led to the formation of the Colon Cancer Foundation®. With Dr. Weber at the helm, the Foundation has supported research into the causes, potential cures and most effective treatments for colorectal cancer, increased public awareness of the disease, educated the public about the importance of early detection, and advocated on behalf of thousands of colorectal cancer patients and their families. He has been recognized for his leadership in public health, cancer control and research by New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, the Health Department of New York State, the AliveAndKickn Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and the National Institutes of Health. Year after year, Dr. Weber would travel to Washington to meet with members of Congreto discuss the importance of scientific research funding at the National Institute of Health (NIH), removing barriers to colorectal cancer screening among other priorities in the health care community. Dr. Weber leaves behind a remarkable legacy of civic and community engagement. Individuals suffering from colorectal cancer and their families are better off today because of his work. He is survived by his loving wife Clare, sons Luke and Nicholas, sister Jeannie and her husband David Aplin, and family. We encourage you to join us in recognizing Dr. Weber’s many years of service to the community and in sending our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.