Our ‘founding fathers’ retire

Frank Feger, Stan Frager, Jim Jackson, Bill Beam

Clockwise from left: Bill Beam, Founder Dr. Whitney Jones (not retiring), Frank Feger, Jim Jackson, Dr. Stan Frager

On Dec. 7, we celebrated our volunteers, including our “founding fathers,” whose term limits on the Board of Directors end this year. Here’s a little bit about these great volunteers:


Frank became involved with the Project after being invited by Dr. Jones after he retired from working at Olympus. He has been a member of the Board for 8 years, and his primary goal with being involved was to volunteer at health fairs across Kentucky and Southern Indiana to pass on information about colon cancer. Frank’s grandfather and uncle passed away from colon cancer, so he remembers them as he tried to help prevent people from getting colon cancer by encouraging them to get a colon cancer screening.


As a colon cancer survivor and someone who lost his father to colon cancer, Jim was drawn to the Project. He has been on the Board for 9 years, and enjoys helping with events and being involved with personnel work with the Project. Jim retired from IBM and is very active with many other organizations, including Friend for Life, Sons of the American Revolution, and others.


Bill, a colon cancer survivor, recently described his personal passion and relationship to the Project: “It’s about witnessing what an impact a small, committed, entrepreneurial organization can have if patient, passionate and well led.” He has been a member of the Board for 10 years, and was Board President for 5 of those years. Bill is also co-chair of the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program Advisory Committee, and led the initiative to develop the “Giant Colon” in Kentucky, among other things.


Stan became involved with the Project “in the early days”, and he has enjoyed watching the organization grow and evolve. Stan is a licensed clinical psychologist and is trained in a variety of areas including marital and family counseling, and other mental health services. Stan, a 40-year survivor of stage IV colon cancer, says he is “very happy with the work the Project has done, especially the Fighters’ Fund. I believe this organization exemplifies why people get involved with non-profits. The work is done and the results are easy to see. It is satisfying. I am very appreciative of the work we do to help prevent others from having to go through it.”